Saints Win Big Against Packers 44-23

Finally, some good news for the Who Dat Nation: the Saints beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday night for their twelfth straight primetime win at home, the longest streak since the A.F.L./N.F.L. merger.

After a back and forth first half with eight consecutive scoring drives, one play in the third quarter sparked the Saints for a dominant second half performance. Aaron Rodgers tried to connect with Andrew Quarles, but Cornerback, Corey White, tipped the ball as it fell into the hands of David Hawthorne for the interception.

The Saints won 44 to 23 in just the third game in N.F.L. history without any punts. White says, “I think at half time, we came in here and had a good second half plan. We came out and scored and held them. I think that was the turning point, that first drive for the offense and that first drive for us, the D.”

With Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas inactive for this week’s game, there was some concern about depth at the running back position, but Mark Ingram proved to be a powerhouse for the Saints, rushing for a career high 172 yards. Ingram says, “I just tried to do my best, man. Do whatever I can to help us win. Go out there and make plays and play my heart out.”

The Saints again proved there is no place like Dome. Drew Brees completed 27 of 32 pass attempts for 311 yards, while the defense was able to hold the Packers long enough to let the offense seal the deal. Saints Head Coach, Sean Payton, says, “That was a good team win in all areas. When I say ‘a good team win,’ we played a good, complimentary game and was happy for our team.”

The Saints have a quick turnaround as they prepare to face the Carolina Panthers Thursday night, where they will battle for the top spot in the N.F.C. South Division.

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