The NFL lockout, and negative off-the-field issues were all put to bed on Thursday evening, as the New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers, put on a memorable opening night show.  

The Packers came away victorious, 42-34, in a match-up of the last two Super Bowl Champions.

 Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers talks with Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints after the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34.

Mike Freeman, of CBSSports.com, says the game was a great way to begin the year, and that the Packers served notice to the league that they want to keep their title for another year.