Green Bay Packers (1-1) 28, New Orleans Saints (0-2) 19
Sunday September 9th 1979 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - Stepping in for the injured Eddie Lee Ivery, Green Bay rookie RB Steve Atkins rushed for 110 yards on 12 carries, scored once, and set up another touchdown with a 60-yard dash as the Packers rallied for the win. Trailing 12-0 at the half, Green Bay started the third quarter by recovering an onside kick. Barty Smith's short touchdown plunge capped off a 51-yard drive. Short scoring runs by David Whitehurst and Atkins gave Green Bay the lead. New Orleans closed the gap to 21-19 early in the final period following a 76-yard drive. On the next offensive play, Atkins ripped off his long run, setting up an insurance score by Eric Torkelson. The Packer win overshadowed a spectacular performance by Saints QB Archie Manning, who completed 28 of 45 passes for 291 yards, as the Saints rolled up 474 yards.
NEW ORLEANS -  3  9  0  7 - 19
GREEN BAY   -  0  0 21  7 - 28
                     NEW ORLEANS     GREEN BAY
First downs                   29            21
Rush-yards-TDs          36-185-1      30-194-4
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 28-45-291-1-2  9-15-139-0-1
Sacked-yards                 1-2          3-24
Net pass yards               289           115
Total yards                  474           309
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           1-1
Turnovers                      2             2
Penalties-yards             9-51          3-35
SCORING
1st - NO - Tony Galbreath, 23-yard field goal NEW ORLEANS 3-0
2nd - NO - Galbreath, 27-yard field goal NEW ORLEANS 6-0
2nd - NO - Henry Childs, 33-yard pass from Archie Manning (Kick failed) NEW ORLEANS 12-0
3rd - GB - Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) NEW ORLEANS 12-7
3rd - GB - Whitehurst, 2-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-12
3rd - GB - Atkins, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-12
4th - NO - Mike Strachan, 1-yard run (Galbreath kick) GREEN BAY 21-19
4th - GB - Torkelson, 3-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 28-19
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Steve Atkins 12-110 1 TD, Barty Smith 13-66 1 TD, Terdell Middleton 3-13, Eric Torkelson 1-3 1 TD, David Whitehurst 1-2 1 TD
NEW ORLEANS - Tony Galbreath 15-82, Mike Strachan 14-53 1 TD, Archie Manning 2-28, Chuck Muncie 2-17, Kim Jones 3-5
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 15-9-139 1 INT
NEW ORLEANS - Archie Manning 45-28-291 1 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Aundra Thompson 4-49, James Lofton 2-64, Steve Atkins 1-18, Walter Tullis 1-12, Barty Smith 1-(-4)
NEW ORLEANS - Wes Chandler 10-92, Henry Childs 7-112 1 TD, Chuck Muncie 3-21, Tony Galbreath 3-20, Ike Harris 2-26, Brooks Williams 1-14, Mike Strachan 1-3, Rich Mauti 1-3