NEW ORLANS—The Saints twice failed to get a yard, and it cost them a victory at Green Bay.
The Packers stuffed Mark Ingram at the one yard line with no time on the clock as the Super Bowl Champions beat New Orleans 42-34 Thursday night to open the NFL season in Green Bay.
A.J. Hawk was called for pass interference on Darren Sproles in the Green Bay end zone.
The ball was placed on the one yard line. Drew Brees then handed off to Ingram who was stopped cold. The Packers celebrated victory, one that literally took 60 minutes to wrap up.
Early on the 4th quarter, the Saints were stopped on 4th and 1 at the Green Bay 7. Drew Brees dropped back to pass, hoping to surprise Green Bay. But the Packers pressured Brees and forced him to throw at the feet at running back Pierre Thomas.
Drew Brees was 32 of 49 passing for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brees threw a 31 yard touchdown pass to Robert Meachem in the first quarter. In the 3rd he tossed a 29 yard scoring strike to Devery Henderson, and in the 4th flipped a 5 yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham to cut the Packers lead to 42-34.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 319 and 3 touchdown passes, all in the first half.
Each team had a return for a touchdown. Darren Sproles returned a Green Bay punt 72 yards. The Packers Randall Cobb tied an NFL record with a 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
The Saints host Chicago Sunday September 18th at the Superdome.