Oct 26, 2014 9:24 PM

Packers, Saints tied at 10 after 1st quarter

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees each led scoring drives on their first four possessions, and the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints were tied at 16 at halftime Sunday night.

While neither team had trouble moving the ball, both defenses were largely successful in mitigating the damage on the scoreboard. Each offense got in the end zone only once. Green Bay's Mason Crosby and New Orleans' Shayne Graham each kicked three field goals and there were no punts.

Rodgers completed 13 of 18 passes for 278 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on the Packers' opening series.

Brees was 16 of 21 for 187 yards as he sought to improve the Saints to 3-0 in the Superdome this season.

Brees hit Kenny Stills for 45-yard completion on New Orleans' opening drive, which ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by rookie receiver Brandin Cooks, tying it at 7.

Green Bay marched right back down the field thanks to New Orleans-area native Eddie Lacy, who turned a short-pass into a tackle-shedding 67-yard gain to the New Orleans 3.

However, the Saints' defense responded by stuffing Lacy on his next run, then got a break when veteran Packers linebacker Julius Peppers, inserted as a tight end, dropped a pass in the end zone. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan then sacked Rodgers, forcing a field goal.

The Packers tried to steal an extra possession with a surprise onside kick, but the Saints' Ramon Humber got the ball first and diverted it out of bounds to give the Saints starting field position on the Green Bay 46. New Orleans drove inside the 10, only to settle for a tying field goal after Peppers' third-down sack of Brees.

Cobb had 106 yards receiving on four catches. Packers leading receiver Jordy Nelson had a relatively quiet half, making only one catch for 8 yards.

Stills had four catches for 57 yards, while Marques Colston had four catches for 49 yards.

Green Bay had a 16-13 lead on Crosby's 27-yard field goal with 1:51 left in the second quarter, but Brees quickly marched the Saints to the Green Bay 19 before a lack of time on the clock forced New Orleans to settle for Graham's 37-yard field goal to tie it.

New Orleans entered the game having won 13 straight night home games.


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