New Orleans Saints (3-4) 44, Green Bay Packers (5-3) 23
Sunday October 26th 2014 (at New Orleans)
GAME RECAP (SportsNetwork.com)
(NEW ORLEANS) - Aaron Rodgers helped the Green Bay Packers erase the memories of a poor start by guiding them to four straight wins. Now Drew Brees is hoping to do the same for the New Orleans Saints. Brees tossed three touchdown passes and the Saints pulled away in the second half for a 44-23 win over the Packers on Sunday night. The game was tied 16-16 at halftime, but New Orleans intercepted the red-hot Rodgers twice over an 11-attempt span in the final 30 minutes after he hadn't tallied one in 213 throws en route to breaking the game open. Rodgers had thrown for 977 yards and 13 touchdowns without an interception during the winning streak. Brees completed all 11 of his passes in the second half and finished 27-of-32 for 311 yards. Mark Ingram carried the ball 24 times for 172 yards and a touchdown and Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 94 yards and a score and added a 4-yard TD run for the Saints (3-4), who squandered a fourth-quarter lead for the third time this year in last week's 24-23 loss at Detroit. "I think the tempo was better today and I think that's something we'll continue to emphasize," Brees said. Despite the poor start, New Orleans can take sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a win over Carolina on Thursday night in Charlotte. Jimmy Graham hauled in all five of his receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in the second half in the triumph. Rodgers threw for 208 of his 418 yards in the first quarter, completing 28- of-39 passes overall with a touchdown for Green Bay (5-3), which fell a game behind Detroit for first place in the NFC North. "Penalties and turnovers hurt us tonight and kicking field goals," Rodgers said. Randall Cobb posted five catches for 126 yards and a score, while Eddie Lacy recorded eight receptions for 123 yards and added 59 yards on 13 carries in defeat. Rodgers' first pick came on Green Bay's ensuing drive following a 4th-and-2 stop of Ingram on New Orleans' opening touch of the second half. Tight end Andrew Quarless was isolated against Corey White on the left side of the formation and ran a slant pattern, but White knocked the pass away and linebacker David Hawthorne corralled the deflection. Cooks then split Micah Hyde and Tramon Williams in the Green Bay secondary en route to a 50-yard score and a 23-16 New Orleans advantage with 5:35 to go in the third. Lacy was stuffed on 4th-and-1 at the Green Bay 40 on the next sequence and Brees hit Graham on an out-and-up pattern along the left sideline for a 22- yard touchdown and a 30-16 lead four snaps later. Rodgers' first pass of the fourth was picked off by White after it caromed off the hands of Davante Adams. The miscue led to a 2-yard Josh Hill TD catch and a 37-16 cushion. Rodgers dashed for a 14-yard TD run before Ingram capped the scoring with 3:16 remaining with a 21-yard TD scamper. Neither team punted in the first half, although both settled for field goals on three of their four possessions. After a false start penalty pushed a 3rd-and-5 to a 3rd-and-10 on Green Bay's initial touch, Rodgers danced around before lofting a pass along the right sideline for Cobb. Saints defensive back Kendrick Lewis never found the ball and Cobb hauled in the underthrow and raced down the sideline for a 70-yard score. Brees hit Kenny Stills for 45 yards on play-action and Cooks took a jet sweep and raced in untouched off the left side a snap later to cap New Orleans' first touch to tie the game at 7-7. Cam Jordan sacked Rodgers for a 10-yard loss on a 3rd-and-goal from the 3, leading to a 31-yard Mason Crosby field goal, but the Green Bay defense returned the favor following a failed onside kick. Julius Peppers sacked Brees on a 3rd-and-8 from the 9 and Shayne Graham split the uprights from 31 yards away to tie the score late in the first. Cobb took a pass in the right flat and scampered for 27 yards, setting up a Crosby 49-yard field goal. Davon House tackled Kenny Stills for a 1-yard-loss on a 3rd-and-2 from the 10 and Shayne Graham knocked through a 29-yarder to knot the game again. Crosby and Shayne Graham traded field goals of 27 and 37 yards, respectively, to close the half.
Game Notes: New Orleans outgained the Packers 495-491...Peppers, the linebacker, lined up as a tight end at one point in the first half near the goal line, but dropped a pass in the end zone...The Packers committed eight penalties for 84 yards. 
                         GREEN BAY NEW ORLEANS
First downs                     23          28
Rushes-yards                 19-89      31-193
Net Passing yards              402         302
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     40-29-2     32-27-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             4-24         2-9
Punts-Average                0-0.0       0-0.0
Fumbles-Lost                   1-1         1-1
Penalties-Yards               8-84        4-35
Time of Possession           28:21       31:39
GREEN BAY   -  10   6   0   7  - 23
NEW ORLEANS -  10   6  14  14  - 44
1st - GB - Randall Cobb, 70-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - NO - Brandin Cooks, 4-yard run (Shayne Graham kick) TIED 7-7
1st - GB - Crosby, 31-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
1st - NO - Graham, 31-yard field goal TIED 10-10
2nd - GB - Crosby, 49-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-10
2nd - NO - Graham, 29-yard field goal TIED 13-13
2nd - GB - Crosby, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-13
2nd - NO - Graham, 37-yard field goal TIED 16-16
3rd - NO - Cooks, 50-yard pass from Drew Brees (Graham kick) NEW ORLEANS 23-16
3rd - NO - Jimmy Graham, 22-yard pass from Brees (Graham kick) NEW ORLEANS 30-16
4th - NO - John Hill, 2-yard pass from Brees (Graham kick) NEW ORLEANS 37-16
4th - GB - Rodgers, 14-yard run (Crosby kick) NEW ORLEANS 37-23
4th - NO - Mark Ingram, 21-yard run (Graham kick) NEW ORLEANS 44-23
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 13-59, Aaron Rodgers 2-21 1 TD, James Starks 2-5, Dujuan Harris 2-4
NEW ORLEANS - Mark Ingram 24-172 1 TD, Travaris Cadet 1-7, Drew Brees 1-6, Brandin Cooks 1-4, Erik Lorig 2-3, Austin Johnson 2-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 39-28-418 1 TD 2 INT, Matt Flynn 1-1-8
NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees 32-27-311 3 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 8-123, Davante Adams 7-75, Randall Cobb 5-126 1 TD, Richard Rodgers 4-58, Jordy Nelson 3-25, Andrew Quarless 2-19
NEW ORLEANS - Brandin Cooks 6-94 1 TD, Jimmy Graham 5-59 1 TD, Kenny Stills 4-57, Marques Colston 4-49, Travaris Cadet 4-40, Erik Lorig 1-5, Mark Ingram 1-3, Austin Johnson 1-2, Josh Hill 1-2 1 TD
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday October 26th
Detroit 22, Atlanta 21 (at London) - Matt Prater booted his second chance through the uprights as time expired and the Detroit Lions grabbed a 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to cap an incredible comeback at Wembley Stadium in London. A one-sided first half saw the Lions enter the break trailing by 21 points, but they scored a pair of touchdowns and field goals in the second half, with a failed two-point 
attempt leaving the team trailing by two. Getting the ball back with 1:38 to play, Matthew Stafford hit Golden Tate for 32 yards on the first snap. A 20-yard one-handed catch from Theo Riddick and 10-yard grab by Jeremy Ross got the ball down to the Atlanta 31. Prater eventually lined up for a 43-yard try with just four seconds left and missed it to the right, but a delay of game call on Detroit moved the ball back five yards and gave him one more chance. The second time, he hit the 48-yarder just inside the left upright as the much-maligned field goal unit gave the Lions a victory. Prater is Detroit's third kicker on the season as the team had let go of Nate Freese after he went 3-for-7, then Alex Henery after he went just 1- for-5, including an 0-for-3 effort in a 17-14 home loss to Buffalo in Week 5. Stafford went 24-for-47 for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Tate finished with seven catches for 151 yards and a score for the Lions (6-2), who have won three straight. Matt Ryan was 20-for-27 for 228 yards with two scores and an interception for the Falcons (2-6), losers of five in a row.
NEW ENGLAND 51, Chicago 23 - Tom Brady threw touchdown passes on five of New England's first six drives as the Patriots posted a 51-23 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Brady was 30-of-35 for 354 yards in his best performance of the season. Rob Gronkowski had 149 yards on nine receptions and caught three of Brady's touchdown passes. Gronkowski left in the third quarter and didn't return due to dehydration. Brandon LaFell set career-highs with 11 receptions and 124 receiving yards and had a touchdown grab for New England (6-2), which won its fourth straight game and extended its home winning streak to 13 games. The Patriots scored three touchdowns in a 57- second span during a 31-point second quarter. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler completed 20-of-30 passes for 227 yards with three touchdowns (two coming with the outcome already decided) and committed a pair turnovers. Matt Forte had 114 yards on 19 carries in the Bears' (3-5) fourth loss in five games.
Minnesota 19, TAMPA BAY 13 (OT) - Anthony Barr returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown in overtime to lift the Minnesota Vikings over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-13, on Sunday. After his team blew a 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh made a 38-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to tie the game at 13. On the first play of overtime, Austin Seferian-Jenkins fumbled the ball and Barr raced 27 yards the other way for the game-winning score. Teddy Bridgewater completed 24-of-42 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (3-5), who snapped a three-game skid. Jerick McKinnon carried the ball 16 times for 83 yards and Cordarrelle Patterson caught six passes for 86 yards. Mike Glennon connected on 19-of-28 passes for 171 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Bucs (1-6), who have lost three in a row.
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Detroit      6   2   0   .750   162  126
GREEN BAY    5   3   0   .625   218  198
Chicago      3   5   0   .375   190  222
Minnesota    3   5   0   .375   144  179
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) stiff arms Green Bay Packers Davon House (31) while making a run in the fourth quarter during Sunday night's game at the Superdome in New Orleans. Ingram scored a touchdown on the run. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers (12) tries to avoid New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) in the third quarter during Sunday night's game at the Superdome in New Orleans. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media