Green Bay Packers Beat The Saints 42-34 In Season Opener
Defense was nowhere to be found in last night’s opening game of the 2011 NFL season played between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. The game was played at historic Lambeau Field and was shown on NBC.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked up right where he left off last season as he
lead the Packs offense down the field in the first quarter and was able to build
a 14-0 lead over New Orleans.
Any other team may have folded, but the Saints have a great quarterback themselves in Drew Brees. Brees brought the Saints back with a nice 31-yard touchdown pass to receiver Robert Meachem to make the score 14-7.
But Rodgers and the Pack were not done as they marched down the field for another score. This time Aaron Rodgers connected with rookie Randall Cobb for a 32-yard touchdown pass that made the score 21-7 Green Bay.
The Saints “Defense” gave up 21 points and almost 400 yards of total defense in the first quarter alone. Their tackling looked awful as they allowed the Packers receivers to get extra yards after catches.
The Saints made the score 21-17 with a field goal and a Darren Sproles 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. This game was a classic shootout!
The huge highlight of this game came from the Packers’ rookie Randall Cobb in the third quarter. Cobb, a 2nd round
pick out of Kentucky, ran back a punt return for a 108-yard touchdown. That put Green Bay up by the score of 35-20 at that point.
But this game was still far from over as Drew Brees hit Devery Henderson with a 29-yard scoring pass to make the score 35-27. Then later, Brees connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for a 5-yard touchdown pass that now made the score 42-34 Green Bay.
With 1:08 left in the game, Drew Brees and the Saints got the ball back with a chance to tie with a touchdown and a two point conversion. And it looked like that just might happen as the Saints got to the 1-yard line of the Packers.
The last play of the game came when Drew Brees handed off to rookie Mark Ingram. The Packers’ defense stopped Ingram for no gain as time ran out. Final score: Packers 42 Saints 34
Both quarterbacks ended up with some huge numbers in this game. Aaron Rodgers was 27 for 35 and passed for 312 yards with three touchdowns. Drew Brees was 32-49 and passed for 419 yards and three touchdowns. I don’t think the Packers won this game, the Saints just ran out of time. A great game to watch indeed!