Saints vs. Packers: NFL Week 4 Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
One week after a controversial call cost the Green Bay Packers the game, it was only fitting that Sunday's game between the Packers and New Orleans Saints was affected by a couple controversial calls as well.
In the end, the Packers came from behind in the fourth quarter to win, 28-27.
1:38 in the 4th quarter
The penalty on the Saints would have made it inevitable, but that has to be the most amazing catch of James Jones' career.
It's as big a third down as the Packers will have in this game.
Convert the first down and the game is over. Get stopped and Drew Brees gets the ball back.
2:49 in the 4th quarter
The Packers got a gift when Garrett Hartley's 48-yard field goal missed wide left following a holding penalty called on the Saints.
Hartley's original field goal was good.
The Packers just have to run the clock out, but the Saints have a timeout and the 2:00 warning.
6:41 in the 4th quarter
After the ruling on the field was that Darren Sproles was down by contact on the kickoff return, the Packers couldn't challenge the call.
It goes back to Mike McCarthy's challenge that Jimmy Graham dropped the football.
The Packers have to be really frustrated with officiating calls not going their way.
7:00 in the 4th quarter
The Packers have made a fourth-quarter rally, but it's going to take yet another defensive stop to make sure they win.
10:36 in the 4th quarter
The Packers had a chance at a turnover when Tramon Williams and Morgan Burnett collided trying to snag an interception after a tipped ball.
They may have hurt themselves by both going after the football, but it's hard to communicate in a fraction of a second.
10:46 in the 4th quarter
After only the Packers' second punt of the game, the Saints will take over.
If the Packers want a chance at winning the ballgame, they've got to stop Drew Brees at some point.
The quicker the Packers stop the Saints, the better the field position they could have. Stopping them is going to be the hard part.
12:57 in the fourth quarter
As bad as the Packers have been since halftime, they're only down by six points.
They still have hope. But even if the Packers score, at some point, Drew Brees is going to get the ball back. Whether the Packers stop him might determine the outcome of the game.
Beginning of 4th quarter
After converting on 3rd-and-17, the Saints have converted eight of 12 third downs on the day.
Drew Brees is still on fire, capitalizing on every mistake the Packers make.
2:35 in the 3rd quarter
Following Patrick Robinson's interception of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers now have two turnovers in the third quarter alone.
It's going to be difficult for the Packers to overcome this turn of events. But perhaps not impossible. That's why they play the game, right?
2:52 in the 3rd quarter
Definitely not here to toot my own horn, but this prediction was made a halftime. Could it come true?
First team to have a turnover loses.— Brian Carriveau (@BrianCarriveau) September 30, 2012
5:10 in the 3rd quarter
Graham Harrell's debut was a disaster as he tripped on an offensive linemen while trying to hand the ball off to Cedric Benson and a fumble ensues.
According to Joe Buck, Aaron Rodgers did not have to come off the field, because it was a penalty that caused his injury.
And however minor, it ends up being a costly injury for the Packers.
5:26 in the 3rd quarter
Guessing that Aaron Rodgers has to come off the field for at least one play.
Backup Graham Harrell has never attempted an NFL pass in his life. He might get a chance, unless he hands the ball off.
5:26 in the 3rd quarter
Both tight ends have been impressive so far.
Jimmy Graham has six catches for 65 yards.
Jermichael Finley has four for 54.
9:41 in the 3rd quarter
The Packers got a major victory when they held the Saints to only three points, despite New Orleans having a first down inside the 5-yard line.
9:46 in the 3rd quarter
The Saints got a first down by penalty when the Packers had too many men on the field.
Even though the Packers already lost a timeout on a challenge, another would have prevented the first down.
11:19 in the 3rd quarter
FYI, the Saints have converted six of eight third downs.
Big one coming up.
14:44 in the 3rd quarter
Packers coach Mike McCarthy may have lost his first challenge of the day while questioning a dropped pass, but it looks like he'll be successful on this most recent one.
Jimmy Graham appeared to drop the football on an early third quarter pass.
UPDATE: Wow, I'm stunned. The catch by Graham is upheld. The Packers are now out of challenges.
Beginning of 3rd quarter
Neither team has a turnover yet. It probably isn't going out on a limb to say the team that wins the turnover battle will win the game.
Both Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees have been nearly unstoppable.
The difference, and part of the reason the Packers have the lead at halftime, is that they're winning the battle in the ground game and the penalty department.
The Packers are averaging 4.8 yards per carry while the Saints only are averaging 1.8.
Meanwhile, the Saints have twice as many penalties as the Packers six to three. New Orleans' infractions have cost them 50 yards.
0:27 in the 2nd quarter
Just how bad has the Packers' defense been so far today? From Bleacher Report lead NFL writer Aaron Nagler...
If I'm the Saints, I come out of halftime running the no-huddle. Capers has nothing. Just like last year.— Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) September 30, 2012
1:50 in the 2nd quarter
Drew Brees is still the Saints' biggest weapon. New Orleans is threatening to get into scoring territory following the two-minute warning.
They'll take a field but will want a touchdown.
4:50 in the 2nd quarter
The attention might be on Aaron Rodgers and James Jones at the moment, but very quietly running back Cedric Benson has 47 yards on 10 carries.
It's been a long time since the Packers have had a 100-yard rusher in a single game. If I remember correctly, they have the longest streak of any team in the NFL without a 100-yard rusher.
8:43 in the 2nd quarter
Going back to Week 2 when the Packers went for a fake field goal on 4th-and-26, Mike McCarthy has shown some awfully gutsy play calling on special teams this season.
Midway through the second quarter, he called for a fake punt and while the Packers only had inches to go, they were backed up deep in their own territory.
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