Posted September 26, 2012 on AP on Fox
Gettyimage.ashx_url_http_3a_2f_2fcache.gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f95758871.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3dewsasset_26k_3d2_26d_3d77bfba49ef878921a343b2c87a49d8f59c3932d4984f63021b768fe17a94affb3ab17a8e07d4221d
The Green Bay Packers are seething about a call that cost them a victory in their last game. The New Orleans Saints have been upset at the league for quite some time but have no one to blame but themselves for their winless start. Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees each threw three touchdown passes in last year's entertaining season opener between these clubs, but 2011 may feel like a long time ago for teams that have combined for one victory heading into Sunday's matchup at Lambeau Field. The story of Week 3 became Green Bay's 14-12 loss at Seattle on Monday night on Golden Tate's 24-yard TD catch as time expired. The NFL said Tuesday that the wrong call was made because Tate should have been whistled for offensive pass interference, although it still appeared that Packers safety M.D. Jennings had clear control of the ball in the end zone. Replacement officials appeared to rule simultaneous possession, giving Tate the touchdown. The Packers (1-2) were furious with the turn of events, and Rodgers vented on his weekly radio show. "I just feel bad for the fans," Rodgers said. "They pay good money and the game is being tarnished by an NFL who obviously cares more about saving a little money then having the integrity of the game diminish a little bit." Coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged the difficult set of circumstances, saying the team returned after the long flight to a scene of protesting Green Bay fans. He also insisted that the Packers are looking forward to using the short week to prepare for the 0-3 Saints. "We need to stay focused," McCarthy said. "We're not going to get any help. I know this is going to be a story that everybody wants to continue to talk about, and frankly I'm not going to act like it's not there. This is a play that I'm sure we'll see on TV as we move on in our lives. That's the facts of our business, that's the beauty of what Steve Sabol has created, God rest his soul. "The fact of the matter is we're about New Orleans. We're in tune with staying true to the integrity of the Green Bay Packers, how we conduct ourselves, being professional during a tough time, during a challenge." Brees and the Saints were critical of the NFL throughout the offseason for the ruling that has caused the season-long suspensions of coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma, as well as shorter bans to others found culpable in the bounty investigation. New Orleans, however, is tired of using the suspensions as an excuse. The Saints, who fell 27-24 in overtime last Sunday at home to lowly Kansas City, last started this poorly when they began 0-4 in 2007. "We're definitely struggling a little bit," guard Jahri Evans said. "Sean Payton is a big part of this team since I've been here, but he's not here now, so that's something we can't dwell on or expect him to walk through the door because it's not going to happen. We have to just go out there and get it done." Brees is tied for fourth in the league with 904 passing yards, but he's been uneven with seven touchdowns to five interceptions. The Saints ranked sixth in the league with 132.9 rushing yards per game last season but are down to 92.7 for the 22nd-best mark this year. "We're definitely still trying to find our rhythm," Brees said. "Unfortunately we haven't been able to put it together on a consistent basis." These were the league's top scoring teams a year ago, with Green Bay averaging 35.0 points and New Orleans 34.2. The Saints are still averaging 27.7 per game, but the Packers are down to a mere 19.0. Rodgers has been sacked more than anyone, going down eight times in the first half Monday to bring that season total to 16. The reigning league MVP had 45 touchdown passes a season ago but has managed three in 2012. "Clearly the Seattle game was different than the first two as our offense (and) what they were challenged with," McCarthy said. "The first two games, I'd say they challenged us to run the ball. Particularly Monday night we were challenged to throw the ball. We didn't handle that very well." The Packers won last season's meeting 42-34. Brees threw for 419 yards while Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 312. The previous meeting between these quarterbacks came before both captured their Super Bowl MVPs. Brees threw for four touchdowns and 323 yards in a 51-29 home win in 2008.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Drew Brees Calls Officiating Situation 'Horrendous' and an 'Embarrassment to the League'

Drew Brees is on the warpath, and he's got the NFL in the cross hairs. The New Orleans Saints quarterback has been outspoken against the league in the past, and he continues to let his feelings known about the league. This time, he's going after the league for the officiating situation, which gets uglier and uglier by the day. Brees' rant actually started on Monday -...

Aaron Rodgers Slips and Falls

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was under a ton of pressure in the first half of his Monday Night Football match-up against the Seattle Seahawks.  Rodgers was so jumpy in the pocket that he just simply slip and feel to the ground while trying to set his feet for a pass. This is not something you see everyday, especially from an NFL MVP. The post Aaron Rodgers Slips...

Not used to losing, Saints search for answers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- This is new territory for quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Super Bowl champions just 31 months ago, the Saints are now a mess. Their head coach is suspended for the entire season. Their interim head coach is suspended until Week 7, and their interim interim head coach has led them to a 0-3 record. Traveling to Lambeau Field this Sunday, it'...

Aaron Rodgers Apologizes to Fans for Poor Officiating, Says NFL Values Money Over Integrity

NFL players are fed up with the replacement officials, and they're no longer afraid to speak their minds about it. A handful of Packers players blasted the league on Monday night after falling victim to a horrible call in Seattle, and Drew Brees is also among those who have been critical of the officials. Aaron Rodgers bit his tongue for the most part on Monday night, not saying...

Aaron Rodgers offers apology to fans

The Green Bay Packers suffered one of the most difficult losses in the history of sports, when victory was stolen from them by one of the worst game-ending calls you will ever see. Aaron Rodgers, the starting QB for the Packers and the MVP of league, issued an apology to fans across the league, one [...]

Brees: Saints urgently need consistency

(Eds: Updates throughout. With AP Photos.) By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer Drew Brees readily acknowledges he is an eternal optimist - and won't buy into the notion that an 0-3 record is proof the Saints are doomed without suspended coach Sean Payton. When he reviewed video on Monday of New Orleans' collapse in a 27-24 overtime loss to Kansas City a day earlier, he took...

Packers, Saints struggles: Return of the defense?

The New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers have been two of the NFC’s best for the past 3 years and have had some of the most explosive offenses in history, largely due to the play of their all-pro QBs, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. This year, the pass-happy offenses that lit up the league [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

2012 Fantasy Football Week 4 Quarterback Rankings: Top 25

  Aaron Rodgers has not been an elite fantasy quarterback this season but should produce against  the Saints on Sunday. It is already week four in the National Football League and for fantasy football owners that means it is already time for bye weeks. For instance this week top fantasy quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck are on bye weeks. Big Ben and...

Packers passing game needs a tune-up

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The final play of the Packers-Seahawks game is what will most be remembered by anyone who watched the game. However, with 59-plus other minutes to evaluate, Green Bay (now with a 1-2 record this season) has a lot of work to do. Handing out grades following the Packers' 14-12 loss to the Seahawks: Passing offense: C- Between quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the...

Week 4 Quarterback Rankings

      Kramerica Sports weekly player rankings are based on Yahoo Sports standard scoring settings. Positional ranks are based on numerous factors, including opposing defense, historical data, player health, gut feelings, and other classified variables.     Play of the Week- Look for Aaron Rodgers to bounce back from the Monday Night Football debacle with a top 5 performance...

Fantasy Football News: NFL Fantasy Football Stats Look Like Bizarro World Through First 3 Weeks

The 2012 NFL Fantasy Football season is now three weeks old. If you have been paying close attention, some of the stats thus far from players who have been perennial first or second round picks have simply been mind blowing. It almost resembles bizarro world. Players who went as top picks have been huge disappointments. Players who were not even drafted have climbed up their team’s...

NFC North Preview: Can the Green Bay Packers Recover?

After three weeks the tables have turned in the NFC North and the two teams at the bottom from last season are sitting a top the standings with a tenuous one game lead. Let's take a look at five things to watch this week in the black and blue division.Can the Packers recover from the beat down in Puget Sound?Everyone in America has seen the play that ended the game in Seattle...

Week 3 QB Rankings

I drafted me first too Juan… QB Rankings Rank Player (matchup) ECR™ vs ECR 1 Aaron Rodgers (GB vs NO) 1 0   Rank Player (matchup) ECR™ vs ECR 2 Matt Ryan (ATL vs CAR) 2 0   Rank Player (matchup) ECR™ vs ECR 3 Drew Brees (NO at GB) 5 -2   Rank Player (matchup) ECR™ vs ECR 4 Robert Griffin III (WAS at TB) 4 0   Rank Player (matchup)...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.