Packers top Saints 37-30 to move to 3-0
NEW ORLEANS (WSAW) - Allen Lazard’s career-high 146 yards receiving helps the Packers stay undefeated with the 37-30 win.
For the first time this season, the Packers defense stopped an opponent on its first drive of the game. Green Bay forced the Saints to go three and out. The Packers would capitalize on the ensuing drive. Aaron Rodgers would lead Green Bay into Saints' territory. The Packers would settle for a 52-yard Mason Crosby field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
New Orleans would quickly answer. Alvin Kamara found space for a 49-yard run. Drew Brees would later find him for the 11-yard touchdown. Saints would jump ahead 7-3.
The Packers would try to find their first touchdown of the night. Green Bay would march to the Saints' 15-yard line, but the drive would once again stall out. Crosby split the uprights from 33-yards to cut New Orleans' lead 7-6.
Green Bay would force another New Orleans three-and-out capped by Kingsley Keke’s first career sack. Rodgers and Lazard would take advantage. Rodgers delivered a dime to Lazard for 48-yards to the Saints' two-yard line.
Two plays later, Rodgers would sling it to Lazard for the five-yard touchdown. Green Bay took its second lead of the game 13-7.
The Saints would get three-points back on their next drive. Brees took New Orleans to the Green Bay 26, but the Saints would settle for a Wil Lutz 45-yard field goal to cut the Packers lead to 13-10.
The Packers would go three-and-out. The Saints would chew up the rest of the half by marching 61-yards into the end zone. Brees connected with Emmanuel Sanders for the 10-yard touchdown and the 17-13 halftime lead.
Aaron Rodgers finished the first half 9/14 with 106 yards and a touchdown. Allen Lazard caught four balls for 67 yards and a touchdown. Mason Crosby went 2/2 on field goals. On the defensive side of the ball, Kingsley Keke collected two sacks.
Rodgers would continue to feed the hot hand to start the second half. Rodgers connected with Lazard for a 72-yard gain to the New Orleans' three-yard line.
The Packers would go for it on 4th down, and Aaron Jones would punch it in for his fifth touchdown of the year. Packers take the 20-17 lead.
The Saints would settle for a 35-yard Wil Lutz field goal on the ensuing drive to tie the game up at 20.
The Packers called “Big Dog’s” number. Rodgers floated it to Marcedes Lewis' back shoulder. A perfect throw and catch for the 18-yard touchdown. Lewis' first touchdown of the season gives the Pack a 27-20 lead.
The back-and-forth action would continue. Dres Brees would throw it out to Kamara. Kamara would dance his way 52-yards to the house for his second receiving touchdown of the night. Saints once again tied the game.
The Packers would reach midfield. Matt LaFleur would go for it on fourth down. Aaron Jones was stuffed a yard short, and the Saints would take over. New Orleans couldn’t capitalize. Za’Darius Smith forced a fumble. Smith scooped it up, and the Packers would get the ball back at midfield.
Green Bay would get to New Orleans' 31 where Mason Crosby would split the uprights on the 49-yard field goal. Packers once again took the lead at 30-27.
The Packers would force a punt on the Saints' next drive. Rodgers and Jones would march down the field. Lazard would draw a pass interference in the end zone to put Green Bay at the one. Rodgers hit Robert Tonyan in the end zone for the second time this season. Packers jump ahead by 10.
Aaron Rodgers finished the game 21/32 for 283 yards and three touchdowns. Allen Lazard had a career-high 146 yards along with a touchdown. Aaron Jones rushed for 69 yards, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis both caught touchdowns as well.
Defensively, Kingsley Keke tallied two sacks. Za’Darius Smith finished with a forced and recovered fumble.
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