The Green Bay Packers got the best of the New Orleans Saints in a matchup Sunday that pitted two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL against each other. It was a close game throughout, with both teams missing their top pass catchers. The Packers were able to keep the pressure up with Allen Lazard stepping up big to fill the void left by Davante Adams, having 6 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. Rodgers connected with Lazard on a 72-yard reception in the 3rd quarter leading to Aaron Jones finishing off the drive with a rushing touchdown on 4th and goal. Lazard was only one of six different receivers that Rodgers was able to spread the ball around to.
The shining star from Sunday night primetime matchup was Alvin Kamara. Even though the Saints took a loss, Kamara had an outstanding night rushing and even more so receiving. With Michael Thomas sitting out Kamara rose to the challenge with 13 receptions, 139 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He spent the whole night forcing Packer defenders to miss tackles having 5 on a 52-yard touchdown catch and run. He also had 6 carries for 58 yards, 49 yards coming on a single run. Finishing with a total of 197 all-purpose yards, Kamara made sure the Saints did not have any buyers remorse after signing that contract extension earlier this season.
The game was a tightly contested, back and forth game until the 4th quarter when the Saints ran a play with Taysom Hill at quarterback. Fans have become accustomed to these types of plays from the Saints but were in for a shock when Za’darius Smith came around the corner to force and recover a fumble midfield with 12:15 left in the game. This led to a Mason Crosby field goal, his third, to break the tie and go up 30-27 and the Packers never looked back. Rodgers threw another touchdown putting them up 37-27 at the two-minute warning. The Saints were able to kick a field goal with 32 seconds left and attempted an onside kick, similar to the one the Dallas Cowboys successfully executed against Atlanta, but were unable to recover.
In a battle of titans in the NFL, Brees and Rodgers did not disappoint. Rodgers ended 21-32 for 283 yards, and 3 touchdowns with Brees going 29-38 for 288 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Emmanuel Sanders showed up as well getting his first touchdown of the season with 4 receptions and 56 yards.
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