Final

Packers 29

(5-6, 2-4 away)

Saints 51

(6-5, 5-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, November 24, 2008

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 14 0 829
NO 14 10 21 651

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) - 323 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: P. Thomas (NO) - 15 CAR, 87 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Moore (NO) - 5 REC, 115 YDS, 2 TD

Brees picks apart Packers' defense for four scores; McAllister sets mark

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- After heading out on the road for more than a month, the New Orleans Saints were unstoppable at home.

Fast Facts

• The Saints tied a team record with 51 points, the third-highest point output in Monday Night Football history.

• The Saints became the final team that is .500 or better to win consecutive games.

• Lance Moore and Marques Colston each recorded a 70-yard touchdown reception, giving the Saints an NFL-leading five completions of 70 yards or more.

• Moore also threw an interception, becoming the first player since Randy Moss in 2004 to record a receiving touchdown and throw an interception in the same game.

• Aaron Rodgers scored his team-leading fourth rushing touchdown in the losing effort, the most by a Packers QB since Don Majkowski in 1989 (five).

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

The Saints spent 43 days away from the Louisiana Superdome for a trip to London, a bye and three road games, then returned to New Orleans and put on one of the more memorable performances in franchise history.

Drew Brees threw for four scores, Deuce McAllister set a Saints record with his 54th career touchdown and New Orleans rolled to a 51-29 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.

"I mean, 40-something days on the road. It was great to get back in the dome," Brees said. "You look at this game, so many things. Deuce getting the record, us just really feeling like we had our stride going the whole game.

"We're kind of in the middle of pack, just like a lot of other teams," Brees continued. "This is the time where a few of those teams start to separate themselves and we want to be one of those teams."

Plenty Of Points

Week 12 was the third-highest average scoring week in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

Week Points Games PPG
Week 7 '83 761 14 54.36
Week 6 '87 736 14 52.57
Week 12 '08 837 16 52.31
Week 10 '80 732 14 52.29

Brees dismantled a Packers secondary that came in ranked third in the NFL with 176.3 yards passing allowed per game. He was 20-of-26 for 323 yards as New Orleans tied a club record for points scored and touchdowns (seven) in a game. Two of Brees' touchdowns went to Lance Moore, one for 70 yards.

"It's a dream come true playing with him," said Moore, who had 115 yards. "All we have to do is run our routes. We don't have to worry about doing anything extraordinary."

Brees remained on pace to break Dan Marino's 1984 record of 5,084 yards passing in a season. He has 3,574 yards with five games remaining. He also has the Saints (6-5) feeling better about their hopes of rallying for a playoff spot now that they've won two games in a row for the first time all season.

"There's an old saying, '10 and you're in,'" Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. "We've got to find a way to get to 10 wins and get into the playoffs."

The Packers (5-6) dropped a game behind Minnesota and Chicago in the race for first in the NFC North.

"We didn't slow them down at all tonight," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "Give credit to the Saints and the play of their quarterback. He was on fire coming into the game and we didn't cool him off any."

Aaron Rodgers' attempt to keep up with Brees' torrid passing resulted in three interceptions, two by Jason David and one by Kevin Kaesviharn. David returned his first pick to the 3, setting up McAllister's scoring run, which broke Dalton Hilliard's club record set in 1993.

The sellout crowd erupted after McAllister's score. The Saints' career rushing leader kept the ball as he trotted to the sideline, where he was hugged by Payton.

"I didn't want it to be anything out of the context of the game because I respect the game so much," McAllister said. "I wanted it to come in the natural flow."

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It might have been McAllister's final game in the Superdome this season. He has appealed a four-game suspension levied after he tested positive for a diuretic banned by the NFL because it could be used as a masking agent for steroids. It is not clear when the league will rule on McAllister's case.

Rodgers was 23-of-41 for 248 yards and touchdown passes of 7 yards to Greg Jennings and 4 yards to Ruvell Martin. Rodgers also ran for a 10-yard score. Ryan Grant rushed for 64 yards in the first half, but the Packers were forced to throw more as their deficit grew and Grant finished with only 67 yards.

"After the first half we knew we had to throw," Rodgers said. "We tried to answer but we didn't. We let this one get away from us."

Leading 24-21 at the half, the Saints began to seize control with a long touchdown drive that ended with Brees' 16-yard strike to tight end Billy Miller. McAllister then went in from the 3 and Brees hit Marques Colston in stride down the sideline for his second 70-yard TD pass of the game. It was Colston's first score of the season after battling back from a thumb injury on opening day.

Pierre Thomas rushed for 87 yards and two touchdown runs, a 4-yarder in the first half and a 31-yard scamper in the fourth quarter that gave New Orleans a 51-29 lead. The Saints had scored 51 points twice before in their four-decade history and easily could have reached 52 if Payton had elected to kick the extra point. However, Payton called for a 2-point conversion that failed in an attempt to go up by 24 points.

The Packers scored first on a 1-yard touchdown leap by fullback John Kuhn. It was the first rushing touchdown for Kuhn in his three-year career and only his eighth carry.

But that would be Green Bay's last lead. Moore's 70-yard score came on the Saints' next play, and New Orleans took the lead on Thomas' first TD run. Green Bay tied it at 14 and again at 21 before New Orleans took the lead for good shortly before halftime on Garrett Hartley's 30-yard field goal, set up by Courtney Roby's 62-yard kickoff return.

Game notes


Jeremy Shockey had one of his better games for the Saints with five catches for 57 yards. ... Moore has a touchdown catch in four straight games. ... Green Bay had won 10 of its last 15 road games coming in. ... Reggie Bush was a scratch, missing his fourth game. The Saints are 3-1 without him.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
NO
1st Downs2221
Passing 1st downs
1111
Rushing 1st downs
119
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
10-173-8
4th down efficiency
1-22-2
Total Plays7454
Total Yards343416
Yards per play4.67.7
Total Drives1213
Passing234318
Comp-Att
23-4120-27
Yards per pass
5.411.4
Interceptions thrown
31
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-141-5
Rushing10998
Rushing Attempts
3126
Yards per rush
3.53.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-46-7
Penalties3-202-10
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
31
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:0427:56

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers23/412486.0232-14
NOC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees20/2632312.4401-5
Moore0/100.0010-0

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant18673.7017
Rodgers8364.5110
NOCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas15875.8231
Bell661.003

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings810112.6124
Driver44310.8024
NORECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore511523.0270
Colston17070.0170

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBNO
gbTD8:42John Kuhn 1 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 37 yds, 3:13
70
noTD8:30Lance Moore 70 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 70 yds, 0:22
77
noTD4:48Pierre Thomas 4 Yard Run (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 41 yds, 2:33
714
SECOND QUARTERGBNO
gbTD13:47Greg Jennings 7 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 6:01
1414
noTD8:27Lance Moore 14 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 5:24
1421
gbTD1:52Aaron Rodgers 10 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 83 yds, 6:35
2121
noFG0:06Garrett Hartley 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 1:42
2124
THIRD QUARTERGBNO
noTD8:39Billy Miller 16 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:26
2131
noTD7:37Deuce Mcallister 3 Yard Run (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 3 yds, 0:08
2138
noTD2:37Marques Colston 70 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:28
2145
FOURTH QUARTERGBNO
gbTD11:50Ruvell Martin 4 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Aaron Rodgers Pass to Ruvell Martin For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 86 yds, 5:41
2945
noTD8:54Pierre Thomas 31 Yard Run (Deuce Mcallister Run For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 42 yds, 2:58
2951