Packers Edge Saints, 28-27
The Green Bay Packers kept the New Orleans Saints winless on the 2012 NFL season, capturing a 28-27 win on Sunday afternoon in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Green Bay scored first, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit James Jones with a 12-yard touchdown pass, to cap off a 7-play, 62-yard drive, to give the Packers a 7-0 lead at the 9:09 mark of the opening quarter.
New Orleans tied it up at the 3:38 mark of the initial period, as quarterback Drew Brees connected with Marques Colston on a 20-yard touchdown strike, to tie the game, 7-7, which is how the first quarter scoring ended.
The Packers then scored 14 unanswered points, to take a 21-7 lead. The first seven points came at the 14:22 mark of the second quarter, with Rodgers throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, before Rodgers threw his third touchdown pass of the half, finding James Jones at the 4:53 mark of the quarter with a 14-yard pass.
The Saints drew closer right before the end of the half, as Brees hit Darren Sproles with a 6-yard pass, to make it 21-14 at the :33 mark, which is how the first half scoring ended.
New Orleans failed to score on a first-and-goal situation early in the third quarter, but Garret Hartley drew them closer, kicking home a 20-yard field goal, to cut the Green Bay lead to 21-17 at the 9:4 mark of the third quarter.
After the packers fumbled on a first-and-goal situation inside the New Orleans 10-yard line, the Saints took advantage, as four plays later Brees hit Joseph Morgan with a long 80-yard touchdown strike, giving them their first lead of the afternoon, 24-21, at the 4:02 mark of the third quarter.
Hartley hit another field goal, this one from 27 yards, for the first points of the fourth quarter, extending the Saints’ lead to 27-21, at the 13:07 mark of the fourth quarter.
Green Bay regained the lead at the 7:00 mark of the final quarter, when Rodgers threw his fourth touchdown of the day, connecting with Jordy Nelson on an 11-yard touchdown pass, capping off a 7-play, 57-yard drive, to make it 28-27.
The Saints got into field goal range with under 3:00 left, but Hartley’s 43-yard field goal was called off, due to a holding call.
After the Packers were called for a penalty prior to Hartley’s next attempt, Hartley then tried a 48-yard field goal, which he missed, wide left, and Green Bay held on for the one-point win.
The Saints outgained the Packers, in terms of total yards, 474-421.
Rodgers led the way for Green Bay, throwing for 319 yards and four touchdowns, while Brees paced the Saints in a losing cause, passing for 446 yards and three touchdowns.
With the win, the Packers improved to 2-2 on the year, while New Orleans remains winless at 0-4.
The Saints return to action next Sunday evening, when they place host to the San Diego Chargers.
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