LIVE BLOG: Packers defeat Saints in New Orleans, 37-30
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Packers will be looking for their third straight win Sunday night while visiting the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
If Green Bay wins, it will be their second straight 3-0 start to a season under head coach Matt LaFleur.
The Packers are entering Week 3 on a seven-game regular-season win streak, which is the longest current streak in the NFC and the team’s longest winning streak since 2016-2017.
The last time the Packers won in New Orleans was in 1995, however this is the first season in team history (since 1940) that the Packers have rushed for 400+ yards and averaged 6+ yards per carry in the first two games of the season.
This will be the first of three games against NFC South opponents for Green Bay throughout the next four weeks.
Green Bay will be playing without wide receiver Davante Adams and defensive lineman Kenny Clark.
Meanwhile, the Saints will be without wide receiver Michael Thomas.
The Saints received the ball first, but couldn’t convert it into points.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby made the first points of the game, and made a 52-yard field goal with 7:30 to go in the first quarter.
The lead didn’t last long after Alvin Kamara caught an 11-yard pass from Drew Brees for a touchdown made possible by a previous play also made by Kamara.
The extra point put the Saints on top 7-3 with a little more than 5:00 to go in the first quarter.
The Saints kept the lead through the end of the first quarter, despite having much less time of possession.
Crosby scored another field goal early in the second quarter from 33 yards out, narrowing the Saints lead by one.
After a quick drive from the Saints and a fair catch by the Packers in the second quarter, the Saints were penalized, giving Green Bay good field advantage to start their next drive.
The first play of that drive was a long pass by Rodgers to receiver Allen Lazard, who caught it just outside the end zone.
A handful of plays later, Lazard caught a short pass from Rodgers and an extra point by Crosby gave Green Bay a 13-7 lead.
Later on in the second quarter, Christian Kirksey was injured, and Ty Summers went in for him.
The Packers later tweeted, saying Kirksey is questionable to return with a shoulder injury.
The Saints then narrowed the lead 13-10 after Will Lutz made a 45-yard-field goal.
The Saints had momentum within the last minute of the first half, and during the last 10 seconds, Emmanuel Sanders hauled in a touchdown following a pass from Brees.
With the extra point, the Saints went up 17-13, and kept the lead going into halftime.
The Packers will receive the ball at the beginning of the second half.
During the half, the Packers announced Kirksey would be out for the game due to a shoulder injury.
The Packers opened up the second half with a long, incomplete pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, followed by another incompletion to Lazard.
Lazard then caught a 72 yard pass to avoid a three and out situation to bring the Packers to a first and goal situation.
Although it took four tries, Green Bay reached the end zone following a one yard rush from Aaron Jones, and Crosby’s leg boosted the Packers to 20-17. This is Jones' fifth touchdown of the season.
Former Packers player and current Saints tight end Jared Cook limped off the field and entered the medical tent about halfway through the third quarter.
Following a 35-yard-field goal from Lutz, the Saints have tied the game up, 20-20, with less than six minutes to go in the third quarter.
Two former practice-squad players have made bigger players throughout the game.
Late in the third, Marcedes Lewis caught an 18 yard pass from Rodgers to give the Packers a 27-20 lead.
The Saints came back after about four missed tackles on a 52 yard run by Kamara, and the game was tied at 27 with less than a minute to go.
After the Packers went for a 4th down, the referees allowed a conversion with a placement, however the Saints then challenged the spot.
The call was reversed, giving the Saints possession with 13 minutes left in the game.
Shortly after, Za’Darius Smith recovered a fumble.
Although the Packers couldn’t convert a touchdown, Crosby nailed another field goal, this time from 49 yards out, giving them a 30-27 lead with less than nine to go in the fourth.
The Saints had a chance to respond, but were unable to do so.
In the fourth, the Packers announced linebacker Rashan Gary is questionable to return due to an ankle injury.
Rodgers was able to get the Saints to jump and with the free play, got the Packers in the red zone.
The Packers challenged a call that could result in a touchdown with less than 3 minutes left in the game.
The call stood, leaving the Packers with two timeouts with 2:04 left in the game.
Immediately after, Robert Tonyan caught a one yard pass from Rodgers for a touchdown, widening the lead at the two minute warning to 37-27.
The Saints then took possession and scored a 34-yard field goal with 35 seconds to go in the game and attempted an onside kick with a score of 37-30.
The kick resulted in a penalty after the ball went out of bounds, and the Packers took over with 32 seconds left in the game.
After Rodgers and company took a knee, the Packers walked away with a win, with a final score of 37-30.
The Action 2 News sports team will be tweeting new information from the game throughout the evening, and we will continue to update this story.
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