Aaron Rodgers throws four touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers beat the New Orleans Saints
Last Updated: 01/10/12 10:09am
Aaron Rodgers: Threw the winning touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter
Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Green Bay Packers claimed a 28-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers threw for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for the Packers (2-2), while the Saints continued their wait for a first win of the season, slipping to a miserable 0-4.
Drew Brees threw for 446 yards with three touchdowns and has now thrown at least one touchdown in 47 straight regular-season games, tying the NFL's all-time mark set by Johnny Unitas.
With the win, the Packers were able to put Monday night's controversial replacement official-driven loss at Seattle behind them. But even with the regular refs back this week, the Packers were nearly dealt a crushing blow on a blown fumble call which allowed the Saints to attempt a go-ahead field goal.
But Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yarder wide left with just under three minutes remaining and the Packers held on to close out the victory.
The Packers made a hot start and were 21-7 ahead in the second quarter when Rodgers twice hit James Jones for touchdowns and also threw a score to Greg Jennings.
Marques Colston, who finished with a game-high 153 receiving yards, had got the Saints on the board after catching a pass from Brees, whose second strike to Darren Sproles made it 21-14 at the half.
In the second half the Saints rallied to take the lead thanks to two Garrett Hartley field goals and an 80-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Joseph Morgan, before Rodgers edged the Packers back in front.