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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