4 horrible stats that defined Packers’ embarrassing loss to Saints

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Four horrible stats that defined the Packers’ loss to the Saints.

Outside of the kicking game, the Green Bay Packers played poorly in every department of Sunday’s huge defeat to the New Orleans Saints.

Anyone who watched could tell the Packers were nowhere near good enough and were dominated in every area of the field. But exactly how was this game defined?

Looking back at Week 1 is no easy task for any Packers fan. This was one of the team’s worst performances in years.

Which stats proved to be particularly important in the defeat?

1. Two interceptions in three passes

Despite the team’s struggles in the opening two frames, the Packers started the third quarter with possession and only down by 14 points.

The offense finally found its groove, taking just eight plays to reach the Saints’ 12-yard line with a first down. But on second down, rookie right guard Royce Newman was beaten far too easily, allowing immediate pressure on Aaron Rodgers, who threw an ugly pass behind Davante Adams for an interception that almost went the distance the other way.

Three Rodgers passes later, he was intercepted again following a head-scratching decision to play hero ball and throw deep into double coverage.

Just like that, it was 24-3 with the game slipping out of reach.