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Saints recover late to topple Packers 26-17

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The way that the New Orleans Saints won on the road on Sunday might serve as a valuable lesson in their quest to return to the playoffs.

The defense gave up a long touchdown run on the first series to the Green Bay Packers. Drew Brees had two interceptions - and the Saints weren't even out of the first quarter yet at Lambeau Field.

But Brees bounced back to throw for a touchdown and run for another, Mark Ingram rushed for a score and the Saints recovered for a 26-17 win.

Green Bay lost its first game with Brett Hundley starting at quarterback for the injured Aaron Rodgers.

''Well, (we) find a lot of ways to win, pretty resilient,'' Brees said.

Will Lutz kicked two second-half field goals, including a 44-yarder to put New Orleans up for good 19-17 with 10:26 left in the game. Brees' 1-yard sneak gave the Saints a two-score lead with 4:55 left.

The sloppy Saints were fortunate to get their fourth straight victory. But after taking the first three games by at least 14 points, they'll savor a win earned following several early mistakes in addition to Brees' picks.

New Orleans' defense gave up a 46-yard touchdown run to rookie Aaron Jones on the opening drive. Lutz had a blocked extra point and New Orleans (4-2) was penalized seven times for 80 yards.

Still, the Saints pulled away late at overcast Lambeau Field, scoring on four second-half drives before running out the clock. It's a good sign for a club hoping to make its first playoff appearance since the 2013 season.

''I wouldn't call us a dominant team, but we're striving to be that type of team,'' Brees said. ''I think what I like is that we're encountering a lot of different situations and things in games and finding different ways to win.''

After holding the Packers (4-3) to a three-and-out inside the 20, New Orleans drove 55 yards in eight plays to seal the game with Brees' sneak over the goal line.

Brees finished 27 of 38 for 331 yards, while Ingram ran for 105 yards on 22 carries.

The Packers couldn't generate big plays late without Rodgers. He's out indefinitely with a broken right collarbone.

Instead, coach Mike McCarthy turned to a running game that initially threw off the Saints.

Jones had 131 yards on 17 carries. Hundley showed toughness in running for a 14-yard score to give Green Bay a 14-7 lead with 8:37 left in the second quarter.

But the Packers managed just a 46-yard field goal from Mason Crosby in the second half, which gave them a brief 17-16 lead.

The Saints took over from there, and the Packers couldn't keep up through the air.

''I'm particularly disgusted with the second half,'' McCarthy said. ''As a head coach, when your team doesn't perform and drops off the way it did in the second half, I'm disappointed.''

Hundley finished 12 of 25 for 87 yards. He was intercepted by safety Kenny Vaccaro on a deep ball down the middle of the field with 4:20 left, ending the Packers' comeback bid.

SLOW START

Besides Brees' two picks, the Saints' rough first quarter also included a punt fumbled by Ted Ginn Jr. at his 20. But New Orleans got a break and retained possession when the Packers' Josh Jones was whistled for fair catch interference.

MILESTONE

Brees added another milestone to his impressive 17-year career, becoming the fourth player in NFL history with at least 500 touchdown passes, including the playoffs. He joined Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.

RECEIVERS

Saints: Ginn had 141 yards on seven catches, while fellow receiver Michael Thomas finished with 82 yards on seven receptions.

Packers: Their playmakers at receiver were shut down with Hundley running the offense. Tight end Martellus Bennett was the leading receiver with 17 yards on two catches. Jones had three catches for 7 yards.

''The name of the game is we have to execute,'' Hundley said. ''I didn't play well enough, we didn't score enough points to win the game.''

EMOTIONAL RETURN

Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr made an emotional return to Lambeau Field. The 83-year-old Starr joined other former Packers when the organization honored members of the 1967 championship team. That squad that won the ''Ice Bowl'' against the Dallas Cowboys before taking the title against the Oakland Raiders. Starr is recovering from two strokes and a heart attack suffered in 2014.

INJURY REPORT

Saints starting right guard Larry Warford did not return after halftime because of an abdominal strain.

UP NEXT

Saints: Host the Chicago Bears on Oct. 29.

Packers: Bye week before returning to host the Detroit Lions on Nov. 6.

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Key Players
D. Brees 9 QB
331 PaYds, PaTD, 2 INTs, RuYd, RuTD
21
FPTS
A. Jones 33 RB
131 RuYds, RuTD, 7 ReYds, 3 RECs
19
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:55
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
26
17
Touchdown 4:55
J.LeRibeus reported in as eligible. D.Brees up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
55
yds
3:30
pos
25
17
Field Goal 10:21
W.Lutz 44 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
9
plays
60
yds
4:29
pos
19
17
Field Goal 14:50
M.Crosby 46 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-T.Pepper, Holder-J.Vogel.
10
plays
53
yds
4:18
pos
16
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:08
W.Lutz 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
10
plays
74
yds
4:40
pos
16
14
Missed Point After Touchdown 11:24
W.Lutz extra point is Blocked (K.Clark), Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
13
14
Touchdown 11:24
D.Brees pass deep left to B.Coleman for 22 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
59
yds
3:36
pos
13
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:37
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD, Center-T.Pepper, Holder-J.Vogel.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 8:37
B.Hundley scrambles left end for 14 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
3:54
pos
7
13
Point After TD 12:31
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-Z.Wood, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 12:31
S.Kelemete reported in as eligible. M.Ingram left end for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
53
yds
3:13
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 13:00
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD, Center-T.Pepper, Holder-J.Vogel.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:00
A.Jones right guard for 46 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
75
yds
2:00
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 36:56 23:04
1st Downs 25 16
Rushing 7 8
Passing 16 4
Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Conv 8-15 4-11
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 485 260
Total Plays 75 50
Avg Gain 6.5 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 161 181
Rush Attempts 36 24
Avg Rush Yards 4.5 7.5
Net Yards Passing 324 79
Comp. - Att. 27-38 12-25
Yards Per Pass 8.5 3.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 1-8
Penalties - Yards 7-80 8-54
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-0
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 2-39.0 5-47.6
Return Yards 64 52
Punts - Returns 1-7 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-57 2-52
Int. - Returns 1-0 2-0
Kicking 4/5 3/4
Extra Points 2/3 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 1/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 1-1 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Saints 4-2 0791026
Packers 4-3 770317
324 PASS YDS 79
161 RUSH YDS 181
485 TOTAL YDS 260
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.1% 331 1 2 84.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.1% 1652 11 4 100.0
D. Brees 27/38 331 1 2 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Ingram 22 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 105 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
89 389 3
M. Ingram 22 105 1 23 16
A. Kamara 41 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 57 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 215 1
A. Kamara 9 57 0 19 10
D. Brees 9 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 3 1
D. Brees 5 -1 1 1 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Ginn 19 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 7 141 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 353 2
T. Ginn 7 7 141 0 47 14
M. Thomas 13 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 7 82 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 403 2
M. Thomas 11 7 82 0 21 8
A. Kamara 41 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 50 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 209 1
A. Kamara 7 5 50 0 24 10
B. Coleman 16 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 31 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 191 3
B. Coleman 3 2 31 1 22 9
C. Fleener 82 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 151 2
C. Fleener 3 2 22 0 17 2
M. Ingram 22 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 166 0
M. Ingram 5 4 5 0 4 16
Z. Line 42 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
Z. Line 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Lewis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 84 0
T. Lewis 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Klein 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-11 0 1.0
A. Klein 6-0 0.0 0 0
C. Robertson 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-8 0 1.0
C. Robertson 5-1 0.0 0 0
V. Bell 48 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 0 1.0
V. Bell 4-0 0.0 0 0
K. Crawley 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-2 1 0.0
K. Crawley 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Lattimore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-5 1 0.0
M. Lattimore 3-0 0.0 0 0
A. Okafor 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 0 3.0
A. Okafor 3-1 1.0 0 1
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 1 5.0
C. Jordan 2-1 0.0 0 0
K. Vaccaro 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 3 0.0
K. Vaccaro 2-2 0.0 1 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
S. Rankins 2-1 0.0 0 1
M. Te'o 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 0.0
M. Te'o 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Harris 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
D. Harris 1-1 0.0 0 0
R. Bush 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
R. Bush 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Thomas 13 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-6 0 1.0
D. Onyemata 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 1 0.0
M. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Hendrickson 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
T. Hendrickson 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davison 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
T. Davison 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/3
SEASON FG XP
13/16 18/19
W. Lutz 2/2 44 2/3 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 39.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 47.9 10
T. Morstead 2 39.0 2 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lewis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.5 39 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 28.5 39 0
T. Lewis 2 28.5 39 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ginn 19 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 7.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 7.4 17 0
T. Ginn 1 7.0 7 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Hundley 7 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48% 87 0 1 39.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.5% 244 1 4 40.5
B. Hundley 12/25 87 0 1 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Jones 33 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 131 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
62 346 3
A. Jones 17 131 1 46 19
B. Hundley 7 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 44 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 47 1
B. Hundley 3 44 1 22 11
T. Montgomery 88 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
60 186 2
T. Montgomery 4 6 0 5 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Bennett 80 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 233 0
M. Bennett 3 2 17 0 12 1
R. Cobb 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 261 1
R. Cobb 4 2 15 0 14 1
G. Allison 81 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 167 0
G. Allison 2 1 14 0 14 1
J. Nelson 87 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 26 303 6
J. Nelson 4 1 13 0 13 1
D. Adams 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 351 5
D. Adams 5 2 12 0 8 1
T. Montgomery 88 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 141 1
T. Montgomery 2 1 9 0 9 0
A. Jones 33 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 17 0
A. Jones 5 3 7 0 4 19
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Martinez 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-17 0 1.0
B. Martinez 13-3 0.0 0 0
K. Brice 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 1 0.0
K. Brice 7-0 0.0 0 0
H. Clinton-Dix 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-7 1 0.0
H. Clinton-Dix 6-2 0.0 0 0
D. House 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-5 1 0.0
D. House 5-1 0.0 1 0
J. Jones 27 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-2 0 2.0
J. Jones 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Daniels 76 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 1.0
M. Daniels 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. King 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-5 0 0.0
K. King 3-2 0.0 0 0
N. Perry 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-10 0 3.0
N. Perry 2-1 1.0 0 0
Q. Dial 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-7 0 0.0
Q. Dial 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Matthews 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-7 0 2.0
C. Matthews 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Lowry 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
D. Lowry 2-0 0.0 0 0
K. Clark 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-9 0 0.0
K. Clark 2-3 0.0 0 0
D. Randall 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-4 3 0.0
D. Randall 2-1 0.0 1 0
K. Fackrell 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
K. Fackrell 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Janis 83 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Janis 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Williams 30 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hawkins 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 0.0
J. Hawkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Cobb 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Cobb 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Evans 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
M. Evans 0-2 0.0 0 0
C. Odom 98 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
C. Odom 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Crosby 2 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
7/8 17/19
M. Crosby 1/2 46 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Vogel 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 45.9 11
J. Vogel 5 47.6 1 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Davis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 26.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 26.8 29 0
T. Davis 2 26.0 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 NO 25 6:33 12 55 INT
4:58 NO 20 2:16 4 44 INT
0:44 NO 47 3:13 7 53 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:37 NO 25 2:48 6 32 Punt
2:53 NO 20 1:30 6 18 Punt
0:01 NO 49 0:01 1 18 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 41 3:36 7 59 TD
8:48 NO 16 4:40 10 74 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 NO 14 4:29 9 60 FG
8:25 NO 45 3:30 8 55 TD
4:20 NO 29 4:20 7 21 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GB 25 2:00 5 75 TD
6:27 GB 20 1:29 3 9 Punt
2:42 GB 6 1:58 3 6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:31 GB 25 3:54 8 75 TD
5:49 GB 8 2:56 6 20 Punt
1:23 GB 19 1:22 6 40 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:24 GB 25 2:36 5 17 Punt
4:08 GB 19 4:18 10 53 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:21 GB 10 1:56 3 6 Punt
4:55 GB 25 0:35 3 4 INT