NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints went toe-to-toe in the first half as both teams moved the football and each scored one touchdown and three field goals...tied at 16.
Drew Brees and company exploded in the second half. This 50-yard touchdown strike to Brandin Cooks started a second half domination by New Orleans.
Brees would complete 27 of 32 passes on the night for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
Tight end Jimmy Graham was on the receiving end of a 22 yard touchdown pass from Brees and tight end Josh Hill was on the receiving end of a 2-yard touchdown.
Brees said,"We've lost some heartbreakers. All we talked about all week long is coming together as a team and playing a complete game as a team. Come out here and don't look at the scoreboard. Just worry about execution. Each series, each play, one at a time. It was a perfect representation of that."
Running back Mark Ingram enjoyed his most productive night as a Saint. He piled up 172 yards rushing and one touchdown. Ingram netted 7.2 yards on 24 rushing attempts.
The Saints defense stood tall intercepting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice, once when Green Bay was at the Saints five yard line with a chance to take a 23-16 3rd quarter lead. David Hawthorne picked off the deflected pass and momentum stuck with New Orleans. Rodgers entered the game with only one interception and left with two more and was sacked three times.
Head coach Sean Payton said, "I felt like we played a real good team tonight and to be able to make enough plays and get the turnovers and things we talked about to go in our favor. It is a credit to our team and we will go from there."
It was a total team effort by the New Orleans Saints as they totally dominated Green Bay. Offense, defense and special teams got the job done. They'll have a short week as they prepare for Carolina on the road. Can they finally get a road win this coming Thursday?
Let's hope they can. All four losses have been on the road and a win over Carolina Thursday night would propel New Orleans atop the NFC South Division. The Panthers lead the pack with a 3-4-1 record followed by the 3 and 4 Saints. Atlanta is 2 and 6 and Tampa Bay brings up the rear with only 1 wins and 6 defeats.
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