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Saints Sent Packing From Lambeau




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  • This was the fifth time in history that the two previous Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks have met on opening day.
  • This was the eighth consecutive year that the reigning champs won the opening game.
  • This is the first time in NFL history that both quarterbacks in the opening game each threw for 300 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
  • This is the second time in NFL history that a quarterback has thrown for three touchdowns in a single quarter. Aaron Rogers now shares that claim to fame with Hall of Famer and former US Senator, the late Jack Kemp.
  • Rookie Randall Cobb, a product of the University of Kentucky, tied an NFL record for the longest kickoff return, a full 108 yards.  Cobb snagged the ball from eight yards deep in the end zone and took the ball on an impressive path through defenders to the opposite end of the field and across the goal line.
  • This was the largest crowd ever at Lambeau Field.
  • This was one GREAT football game.  Fans of both teams have reason to hold their heads high tonight.  Both teams performed beautifully.  Both teams showed areas of weakness and both made their fair share of mistakes.  In the post-game press conference, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers informed the press corps that one of the three touchdown passes he threw was not a designed play.  Wide Receiver Randall Cobb ran the wrong route but Rogers was able to read the mistaken path and hit the receiver for six points.The Cheese-heads were out in force and weren’t disappointed when the Packers scored on their opening drive.  Then the Pack capitalized on a Saints fumble and took the ball on a 36 yard drive to make it a fourteen point game with less than half the first quarter gone off the clock.The Saints came right back out onto the field and put seven more points on the board.  Rogers led his team out onto the field to put a third touchdown pass in the air to make the score 21-7.  The Saints put up another ten points in short order to make the score 21-17.  Those ten points came off a 30 yard boot from John Kasay and then – just over a minute later in the game, after a 3 & out from the home team – a 72 yard punt return from Darren Sproles.That was the closest that Sean Payton’s Saints would come.There were a couple of questionable play calls in the second half on the part of Payton.  He’ll be second guessing a play action pass on 4th & 2 which resulted in the Packers taking over on downs and driving back down the field for a TD.Then came the last play of the game.  Regulation play ended on an incomplete pass from six yards out, which would have brought the Saints to within two, but there was a flag on the play.  New Orleans got a reprieve because of a pass interference call against Green Bay.  Play was extended to give the Saints an opportunity from the 1-yard line.  Payton’s call was to run the ball up the middle and the Packers defensive line answered the call and prevented the score.Both teams played an amazing game and have something to be proud of.  There was only one team that will carry a mark in the “W” column, but both teams came out strong and proved to the rest of the league that they are forces to be reckoned with this season.The bad news (and good news if you look at it that way) there was only one injury tonight.  Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams left the game with a shoulder injury.  The injury happened as Williams collided with safety Nick Collins.]]]]> ]]>

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