Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 10/2/12

GREEN BAY (28) d NEW ORLEANS (27)

The Headline: Packers hang on in another Lambeau shootout

The Story:

Last year’s season opener had the Packers coming out on top in a quarterback duel and once again, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers duelling back and forth for four quarters with the reigning MVP coming out on top. Coming off their heartbreaking (and incredibly frustrating) last play loss in Seattle the Packers responded in the right way getting themselves back to 2-2 with this one point win. Despite the efforts of Drew Brees, who carried the offense on his back, the Saints are now 0-4 and their season is in serious trouble. Brees got no support from his running backs carrying the ball and had to do it all in the air. He threw 54 passes for 446 yards and was not intercepted once which is an amazing effort but it wasn’t enough. Brees drove his team down the field for a potential game winning field goal but it sailed wide which allowed the Packers to run out the remainder of the clock.  

Key Stat: Team Rushing Totals: Packers (102 yards), Saints (45)

In a game dominated by two quarterbacks, the difference between winning and losing was the presence of a competent running game. Green Bay had Cedric Benson in the backfield contributing 84 yards on 18 carries and being a threat that the defense has to respect while the Saints two true running backs in Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram ran for 14 and 11 yards respectively leaving it all on Drew Brees.

Key Play: Garrett Hartley Missed Field Goal

Hartley made what should have been the lead changing, 43 yard field goal with just under three minutes to play but unfortunately for him it was wiped off the board thanks to a holding call that forced a re-kick from 53 yards, however an encroachment penalty meant that the crucial kick would finally be taken from 48 yards out. Hardly a chip shot but still something you’d expect your kicker to make, unfortunately his shot went wide left allowing the Packers to run out the rest of the clock.

Man of the Match: Jordy Nelson – WR

8 catches, 93 yards, 1 touchdown

The legend of the short white guy playing receiver grew here as Jordy Nelson emerged as the Packers top pass catcher contributing several big plays on the day. With Greg Jennings missing due to a groin injury, Nelson stepped up and made his case to be the top receiver in the Packers offense for the future. He has the confidence of his quarterback Aaron Rodgers and looks like he will among the top receiving options in the league this year so long as he is able to stay healthy. The winning touchdown is the perfect example as to why he is such a good option, he got off the press from Patrick Robinson, caught the pass and drove his way into the end zone.


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