8:30 PM ET, September 8, 2011
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
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The defending champion Packers have improved, which is bad news for the rest of the NFL, writes Gene Wojciechowski. Story
The Saints spent most of the preseason talking about how they wanted to get their defense back to its 2009 form. It didn't happen in their season-opening loss, ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas writes. Blog
It was obvious last month that Randall Cobb would be the NFC North's newest dynamic playmaker. Cobb announced his presence by scoring a pair of touchdowns in his NFL debut,
ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert writes. Blog
• Stats & Info: No lack of offense
Saints Come Up Short on Short Yardage
The Saints chose poorly when they decided to run the ball against a short-yardage formation on the final play of the game. Last season, the Saints finished as the worst rushing team in the NFL against short-yardage defenses. Giving the ball to rookie Mark Ingram on Thursday didn't improve matters.
Rushing Against Short Yardage Defenses,
2010 Regular Season
Packers Ring In New Year
With 42 points Thursday night, the Packers set the NFL record for the most points scored by a reigning Super Bowl champ in its season opener.
Most Points Scored in Season Opener,
Defending Super Bowl Champions
• Stats & Info Blog: No rust here
Packers DB Charles Woodson earned a 15-yard penalty in the third quarter, and admitted he threw a punch at a Saints player. Woodson wasn't ejected. "Yeah, I threw a punch," Woodson said. "Just got frustrated, the guy was holding me a little longer than I wanted. Nothing was said about it, referee-wise, quick enough, and I reacted. It is what it is, I guess." ... Packers S Nick Collins appeared to hurt his left arm but stayed in the game. ... Packers CB Tramon Williams went down after taking a hard hit on the right shoulder in the fourth quarter. ... Saints WR Lance Moore sat out because of a groin injury.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.5||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-5||4-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||1|
|TD||10:12||Greg Jennings 7 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 4:52
|TD||6:29||Jordy Nelson 3 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 36 yds, 3:05
|TD||3:37||Robert Meachem 31 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 2:53
|TD||0:19||Randall Cobb 32 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:20
|FG||9:44||John Kasay 30 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 14 plays, 71 yds, 5:27
|TD||8:55||Darren Sproles 72 Yard Punt Return (John Kasay Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 72 yds, 0:00
|TD||2:05||James Starks 17 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 6:38
|FG||8:45||John Kasay 38 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 14 plays, 60 yds, 6:20
|TD||8:40||Randall Cobb 108 Yard Kickoff Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 46 yds, 1:32
|TD||7:00||Devery Henderson 29 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 46 yds, 1:32
|TD||11:52||John Kuhn 1 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 93 yds, 6:12
|TD||2:20||Jimmy Graham 5 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 76 yds, 3:20
The last 2 times the Saints have opened the season against the defending Super Bowl champs, they have given up more than 40 points in a road loss. In 20076 they lost 41-10 at Indianapolis and ended up going 7-9.[+]
Saints Last 2 Season Openers - vs Defending Super Bowl Champ
From Elias: Randall Cobb is the only rookie in the Super Bowl Era with at least one rec TD and one KO ret TD in a teams season opener. He is the 4th player in NFL history to score at least 2 TD, with at least one KO ret TD IN NFL DEBUT. The last to do it? The immortal Bill Bowman in 1954.[+]
Players with 2+ TD in NFL Debut - With at Least 1 KO Ret TD, NFL History
The 42 points allowed by the Saints is the 3rd-most they have allowed in a season opener in team history. In 1973, they lost 62-7 to the Falcons, and in 1985, they lost 47-20 to the Chiefs.
There's only been one play longer in NFL history than Randall Cobb's 108-yard kickoff return TD on Thursday. Only Antonio Cromartie's 109-yard missed FG ret in 2007 was longer.[+]
This is first Week 1 game with both teams scoring at least 17 pts in 1st half since Jets at Bills in 2002.
The 28 points allowed by the Saints are the 3rd-most allowed in a Week 1 game (or first game of the season) in team history. In 1972, they trailed the Rams 34-7 at the half (and lost 34-14), and in 1976, they trailed the Vikings 30-3 (and lost 40-9).
Sproles is the 2nd player in Saints history to return a punt for a touchdown in Week 1. The other to do it was Derrick Shepard in a 28-0 win over the Cowboys in 1989.
Thursday marked just the 5th time in NFL history that Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks met in Week 1. Rodgers and Brees are the first pair to hook up since Mark Rypien beat Troy Aikman to open the 1993 season.[+]
Packers: 1st team to score 21 pts in 1st qtr of Week 1 since 2008 Falcons against the Lions. That means the Saints are the 1st team to allow 21 pts in the 1st qtr since the 2008 Lions, who went 0-16.
The Packers scored 21 points in the 1st quarter, their most in the 1st quarter since scoring 21 points in their 2001 season opener against the Lions.
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