News now! Saints halt Packers’ winning streak

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 26, 2014 – 10:33 pm

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NEW ORLEANS–The Packers’ winning streak was halted in a 44-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.

The Saints game-clinching drive began early in the fourth quarter on an interception of an Aaron Rodgers pass that glanced off Davante Adams’ fingertips. The clinching score was a 2-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to tight end Josh Hill with 9:51 to play in the game. The Saints led, 37-16.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers never seemed to be the same after TV caught him favoring his left hamstring following a scramble in the third quarter. As the Saints increased their lead, they also increased their rush on Rodgers, who was playing without starting guard T.J. Lang, lost to an ankle injury early in the game.

One of the defining moments of the second half came with 5:07 to play in the game, when Rodgers broke out of the pocket and limped into the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown run that cut the Saints’ lead to 37-23.

The Saints tacked on one more touchdown for good measure, when Mark Ingram circled left end for a 21-yard touchdown run that pushed the score to 44-23 with 3:16 to play in the game.

At 5-3, the Packers fell a game behind the 6-2 Lions in the NFC North title race.

 

 

 

 


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News now! Packers trail Saints heading into fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 26, 2014 – 9:46 pm

Packers QB Aaron RodgersNEW ORLEANS–The Packers trailed the Saints, 30-16, heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game in the Superdome.

Mark Ingram kick-started the Saints’ first possession of the second half with a 28-yard run to midfield. On third-and-1, the Saints were stuffed, leaving Coach Sean Payton with a major decision. He went for it and Ingram was stopped; the Packers took over on downs at their 42.

Aaron Rodgers found Randall Cobb for 20 yards to the Saints 39. Eddie Lacy then rumbled through Saints defenders for 19 yards to the Saints 20, and followed with seven more hard-earned yards. Rodgers scrambled for a first down at the Saints 6.

On third-and-goal from the 5, Rodgers’ pass for Quarless was deflected into the air and intercepted. The Saints had dodged a major bullet and had the ball at their 12-yard line.

Ingram continued his pursuit of a hundred yards rushing by ripping off an 18-yard run. Drew Brees found Jimmy Graham twice for gains of 11 and 9 yards, and then came one of the big plays of the game, as Brees hit Brandin Cooks for a 50-yard touchdown. Cooks beat Tramon Williams and Micah Hyde. With 5:35 to play in the third quarter, the Saints led, 23-16. The drive went 88 yards in four plays.

Lacy continued his hard running. He ran through defenders for a first down at the Packers 31. The Packers faced a crucial third-and-7 with 4:19 to play and Rodgers threw to Davante Adams. It was originally ruled a first down but the Saints challenged the spot. Replay review moved the ball back, forcing fourth-and-1. Now it was Mike McCarthy that was facing a major decision. He went for it and Lacy was stopped short of a first down. The Saints took over at the Packers 40-yard line.

Ingram pounded out a first down at the Packers 22, and then Brees hit Jimmy Graham for a touchdown. Graham reached over Tramon Williams to make the catch. The Saints led, 30-16, with 2:06 to play in the third quarter.

The Packers were on the move in Saints territory when the third quarter ended.

 

 

 

 


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News now! Battle of FGs ends with first half tied

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 26, 2014 – 8:53 pm

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NEW ORLEANS — The Packers and Saints traded field goals the entire second quarter, ending the first half tied at 16 Sunday night at the Superdome.

The Packers broke the 10-all deadlock with a field goal early in the second quarter. After a short pass to WR Randall Cobb gave the Packers a first down at the New Orleans 24, the Packers were backed up by a holding call and eventually stalled out, leading to a 49-yard FG by K Mason Crosby with 13:08 left in the half.

The Saints came right back to tie it at 13 on a 15-play, 69-yard drive that took 7:16 off the clock. A 12-yard pass to TE Travaris Cadet converted a third-and-8, and then a 14-yard grab by WR Brandin Cooks got the Saints across midfield. Cooks tipped the pass to himself on the play and caught it on the ground, as Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix just missed a diving interception.

Passes of 9 and 8 yards to WR Marques Colston got the Saints as far as second-and-2 from the Green Bay 10, but the Packers stopped it there. RB Mark Ingram was tackled for no gain by LBs Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk, and WR Kenny Stills couldn’t shake two defenders in the open field and lost a yard on a short pass. K Shayne Graham was good from 29 yards out with 5:52 left in the half.

The Packers answered with another productive drive. Passes of 16 yards to WR Davante Adams, 22 yards to TE Richard Rodgers and 13 yards to RB Eddie Lacy, followed by a 9-yard Lacy run, got the Packers into the red zone. An offensive pass interference call on Adams, followed by a delay of game, backed Green Bay up, though, and a 14-yard pass to TE Rodgers on third-and-20 was not enough. Crosby was good from 27 yards out, and the Packers took a 16-13 lead with 1:51 left in the half.

The Saints came right back again to tie it as time ran out. Passes of 18 to Cooks and 20 to WR Marques Colston were sandwiched around a Clay Matthews sack. The pass to Colston got New Orleans into FG range, and Graham was good from 37 yards out to tie it at 16.


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Peppers play, onside kick have fans in a frenzy

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 26, 2014 – 8:51 pm

ask-vic-half-cenex-600-REVISEGayle from Dallas, TX

First quarter was crazy! Julius Peppers on offense, onside kick early in the game. Why is McCarthy throwing so many tricks out there all at once?

I don’t know, but this game clearly caught the coach’s attention.

Linda from Sheldon, LA

Is there any time you could see Coach McCarthy putting Lacy, Starks and Kuhn in the backfield to really push the running game and confuse the opponents? Seems like it might be a different look.

Julius Peppers at tailback shifting to wide receiver isn’t different enough for you?

Bert from Albany, NY

Overall, I’m sure the Packers are pleased with the offense, but is there any concern for their lack of time of possession?

I’ve lost all sense of time of possession in this game. They’re playing as though the goal is to see which team can score the quickest. I can barely keep up with the pace.

Andy from Medford, WI

How much does the loss of T.J. Lang hurt the running game?

It has to hurt.

Michael from Toronto, Ontario

Love the onside kick call. McCarthy is the man.

It’s kind of 50-50 in my inbox.

Jordan from Madison, WI

What you saw there from Mike McCarthy is him trying to get cute. Slant to Peppers? Onside in the first quarter? Just let the players play.

That kind of football might be gone forever. I watched the Steelers score 51 points today. The Steelers? Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns. The Steelers?

Spencer from Harbor City, CA

Talk about emptying the bag. I’m sure most people are upset with the call to bring Peppers into the offense, but I’m not. I loved it! As a writer, do you love when a wacky play like that is called and works?

Here’s what I don’t like about it: Nearly all of the questions in my inbox are about it. Was it really that exciting? It didn’t overly excite me.

Nick from Milford, DE

You were right. The Saints are better than what their record says, and it’s kind of got me worried.

I’m worried about my hearing. The noise in this building is deafening, and it’s not the crowd noise, it’s music being played over the speakers. This is the most painful working environment of my career.

Kevin from Murfreesboro, TN

Vic, can our defense really handle a shootout for 60 minutes?

We’re going to find out.


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News now! Packers, Saints tied 10-10 after first quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 26, 2014 – 8:09 pm

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NEW ORLEANS–In a first quarter played at breakneck speed, the Packers and Saints produced a 10-10 tie.

The Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive. On the fifth play of the game, Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for a 70-yard touchdown pass on third-and-10.

New Orleans responded with a 14-yard run by Mark Ingram. A few plays later, Drew Brees hit Kenny Stills for 45 yards to the 4-yard line, from where Brandin Cooks scored on the next play. The score was 7-7 with 9:20 to play in the first quarter and the shootout was on.

Rodgers immediately went back to work with a pass for a first down to Andrew Quarless. A screen pass to Eddie Lacy roared down the sideline for 67 yards to the Saints 3-yard line. On second-and-goal, Rodgers threw for Julius Peppers out of a strange formation that produced a dropped pass by Peppers. On third-and-goal, Rodgers was sacked. Mason Crosby came on to kick a 31-yard field goal, and the Packers led, 10-7.

Coach Mike McCarthy ordered an onside kick that sailed out of bounds, leaving the Saints to start at the Packers 46. The Saints quickly moved into the red zone, but on third-and-8 Peppers sacked Brees and forced a field goal that tied the game with 1:42 to play in the first quarter.

Rookie wide receiver Davante Adams got into the action on the next series, catching a 14-yard pass, and that was followed by a pass to Cobb for 27 yards to the Saints 37. An 8-yard pass to Jordy Nelson ended the quarter.

 

 

 

 

 


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Morgan Burnett out; Packers-Saints inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 26, 2014 – 6:00 pm

The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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16 QB Scott Tolzien
37 CB Sam Shields
42 S Morgan Burnett
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
83 WR Jeff Janis
95 DE Datone Jones

On defense, 31 CB Davon House starts for Shields, 21 S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix starts for Burnett, and 93 DE Josh Boyd starts for Jones.

New Orleans Saints
13 WR Joseph Morgan
23 RB Pierre Thomas
29 RB Khiry Robinson
33 CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
55 C Jonathan Goodwin
58 LB Kyle Knox
88 WR Nick Toon

On offense, 68 C Tim Lelito starts for Goodwin.


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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Saints: Lacy, Hayward and Kuhn

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 26, 2014 – 3:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be RB Eddie Lacy (offense), CB Casey Hayward (defense) and FB John Kuhn (special teams).


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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from New Orleans

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 25, 2014 – 5:36 pm

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