With both teams seasons hanging in the balance early, the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints were involved in the best game of Sunday’s week four slate as the Packers pulled out a tough 28-27 victory in front of their fans at Lambeau Field. Following last week’s Monday Night debacle of a loss (or robbery, however you want to look at it) to the Seattle Seahawks, the packers were able to put that difficult situation behind them and earn a big-time comeback win this week.
Aaron Rodgers finally had a breakout performance this season as he passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns while completing 31 of his 41 attempts. Rodgers had been struggling this season and against the Saints he passed for his first 300-yard game of the season. Cedric Benson also gave the Packers a solid performance in the running game as he rushed for 84 yards on 18 carries and is now finding his way inside of the Green Bay offensive scheme.
Drew Brees out performed Rodgers in the individual battle (35-54 for 446 yards and 3 TD) between these two star signal callers but I’m quite sure he would trade that solo victory in order to get the Saints first team victory of the season. New Orleans major two deficiencies all season long reared their heads again; the inability to run the ball successfully (19 carries for 45 yards as team) and stopping anything on defense (allowed 421 yards of offense on 66 plays and 28 points).
The Saints had their opportunities in this one however leading 27-21 early in the fourth quarter but the defense allowed a Rodgers 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson with seven minutes remaining in the game. Later on in the fourth quarter Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with less than three minutes to go which would have put them ahead 30-28. The Saints just continue to fall short of earning their first victory of the season and now are just the sixth team in the Super Bowl era to begin their season 0-4 following a 13-win season in the previous year.
The Packers are now back at .500 despite their defense being torched for 429 passing yards after allowing just 376 passing yards through their first three games of the season. Next up for Green Bay (2-2) is a trip to Lucas Oil Stadium to face off against Andrew Luck and the 1-2 Indianapolis Colts while the New Orleans (0-4) will host the 3-1 San Diego Chargers at the Superdome on Sunday Night Football.