N.O. Saints 44 Green Bay Packers 23: Steamrolled


The Green Bay Packers are ready for the bye.

Before coming into tonight’s game, the Packers were looking forward to a win and a week off.

Well, they took this week off instead, it seemed, as they were literally steamrolled by the Saints offense and defense, losing badly, 44-23.

This was a strange one for the Packers.

They moved the ball prolifically, but couldn’t get in the end zone.

They rolled over on defense, giving up more than 150 yards on the ground to Mark Ingram and allowed Drew Brees to do pretty much anything he wanted.

It appeared that Aaron Rodgers suffered a strained hamstring, but played until it was hopeless.

The good news was Rodgers saying this after the game about the injury:

Rodgers, in uncharacteristic fashion, threw two interceptions – both off tipped balls.

Even Julius Peppers got in the act by playing wide receiver and having the chance to catch a pass for a touchdown, but having it bounce off his chest – it kind of seemed at that point that it wasn’t going to be the Packers’ night.

Playing in a tough environment, the Packers came out flying on their first drive. Aaron Rodgers scrambled right and hit Randall Cobb, who had

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram ran all over the Packers Sunday night. Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports photograph

gotten behind the defense, for 70 yards and a 7-0 lead.

However, the Saints came right back with their own scoring drive to make it 7-7.

But from there the Packers went into a scoring coma. While moving the ball up and down the field in the first half, it was Mason Crosby doing all the scoring.

Three Packers drives ended in Crosby field goals in the first half. Battling to a 16-16 tie at haltime, it was the Saints who came out ready to play in the second half, outscoring the Packers 28-7 over the final 30 minutes.

Though Rodgers ended up throwing for 418 yards tonight, it wasn’t enough to overcome a Saints defense that was relentless in their quarterback pressure, their coverages and ability to hold the Packers out of the end zone and their knack in coming up with tipped balls for turnovers.

But it was the second half apparent hamstring injury to Aaron Rodgers that truly turned the momentum and ultimate final score of this one. Here’s what Mike McCarthy said after the game, describing how Rodgers’ injury affected the play-calling:

Rodgers threw his first interception at the goal line midway through the third quarter that was knocked away from Andrew Quarless and bounced directly to D. Hathorne.

Drew Brees followed that up with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

Rodgers’ second interception came on the second play of the fourth quarter when Davante Adams slowed on his route and had to reach for the ball; he tipped it and it was corralled by C. White.

From that point, New Orleans continued to rip off yardage and scored twice more to turn the game into a route.

Scoring Summary

TD12:57Randall Cobb 70 Yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick)Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:0370
TD9:20Brandin Cooks 4 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick)Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:3777
FG6:08Mason Crosby 31 Yd Field GoalDrive info: 7 plays, 67 yds, 3:12107
FG1:42Shayne Graham 31 Yd Field GoalDrive info: 10 plays, 33 yds, 4:261010
FG13:08Mason Crosby 49 Yd Field GoalDrive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 3:341310
FG5:52Shayne Graham 29 Yd Field GoalDrive info: 15 plays, 69 yds, 7:161313
FG1:51Mason Crosby 27 Yd Field GoalDrive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:011613
FG0:00Shayne Graham 37 Yd Field GoalDrive info: 7 plays, 61 yds, 1:511616
TD5:35Brandin Cooks 50 Yd pass from Drew Brees (Shayne Graham Kick)Drive info: 4 plays, 88 yds, 2:031623
TD2:06Jimmy Graham 22 Yd pass from Drew Brees (Shayne Graham Kick)Drive info: 4 plays, 40 yds, 1:261630
TD9:51Josh Hill 2 Yd pass from Drew Brees (Shayne Graham Kick)Drive info: 7 plays, 71 yds, 4:231637
TD5:07Aaron Rodgers 14 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick)Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:442337
TD3:16Mark Ingram 21 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick)Drive info: 5 plays, 32 yds, 1:512344

Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2328
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6365
Total Yards491495
Yards per play7.87.6
Total Drives1010
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-42-6
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00