The New Orleans Saints are 0-3 to begin the 2012 football season and will face a tough test when seeking their first win on Sunday, September 30. The Saints will go on the road to play the Green Bay Packers in Week Four. Although New Orleans has a 7-15 record against Green Bay since the two teams first met in 1968, the Saints have had some recent success against the Packers.
Below is a look at the last five games played by the Saints and Packers.
September 8, 2011
The Saints and Packers kicked off the NFL season last year, when Green Bay took a 21-7 lead in the first quarter and held on to win 42-34. The team's quarterbacks each passed for three touchdowns, with the Packers' Aaron Rodgers getting 312 passing yards in the win. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 419 yards, but the team managed just 81 yards on the ground.
November 24, 2008
After Rodgers tied the game at 21 with a touchdown run, the Saints scored 24 unanswered points in the second and third quarters, going on to win 51-29. Brees had 323 yards and four touchdown passes, while Rodgers got 248 yards and two scores in the air. Receiver Greg Jennings led the Packers with eight catches and 101 yards, and Lance Moore was the Saints' top receiver, catching five passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
September 17, 2006
The Saints were down 13-0 before Brees led the team back to secure a 34-17 victory. Brees passed for 353 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Deuce McAllister scored twice on the ground. Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes for the Packers, and receiver Donald Driver grabbed eight receptions for 153 yards.
October 9, 2005
Just months before the Saints made major changes that brought in Brees and head coach Sean Payton, Green Bay crushed New Orleans 52-3. The Saints scored first on a field goal, before Favre and the Packers dominated the rest of the game. Favre threw three touchdown passes, and running back Najeh Davenport ran in another two scores. Saints quarterbacks Aaron Brooks and Todd Bouman combined for 177 yards and three picks, one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Packers' All Harris.
September 15, 2002
McAllister led the Saints to a 35-20 win with 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Favre and Brooks each topped 200 yards and threw for two touchdowns, as the Saints' Joe Horn led all receivers in the game with six catches and 120 receiving yards.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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