Saints beat Packers in regular-season opener, 38-3
JACKSONVILLE (CBS 58) -- The Green Bay Packers lost their NFL Regular Season season to the New Orleans Saints, 38-3, Sunday, Sept. 12.
The NFC competitors met at 3:25 p.m. CT Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., a temporary relocation site for the matchup as the Saints were unable to host the game due to the ongoing recovery effort in New Orleans following Hurricane Ida devastation.
New Orleans received the opening kick of the game.
The Saints got on the board first when kicker Aldrick Rosas connected on a 44-yard field goal attempt to put New Orleans up 3-0 with 11:04 to go in the first quarter.
The New Orleans defense held off the Packers on their first offensive drive, retaking possession, and driving the length of the field themselves for a touchdown.
That touchdown came when Saints quarterback Jameis Winston found running back Alvin Kamara for the score that put New Orleans up 10-0 at the 14:24 mark of the second quarter.
New Orleans added to its lead with a one-yard touchdown pass, from Winston to Juwan Johnson on 4th and Goal, with just 1:14 to play in the opening half.
The Packers got the ball back and drove the length of the field using a quick-paced offense at the end of the half, managing to score on a 39-yard field goal by Green Bay veteran kicker Mason Crosby.
Winston and the Saints took that 14-point advantage into halftime at Jacksonville.
In the second half, New Orleans picked off Aaron Rodgers twice, holding the Packers to zero points in the third quarter.
The Saints added to their sizeable lead with a 10-yard touchdown pass, from Winston to wide receiver Chris Hogan, with 3:07 left in the third quarter.
Juwan Johnson caught another touchdown pass from Winston at the 14:54 mark of the fourth quarter to extend the Saints lead to 28.
Things only got worse in the fourth quarter for the Packers as the Saints made it a 35-point game following a 55-yard touchdown pass from Winston to wide receiver Deonte Harris with 10:46 left in the game.
The Saints would hold that lead for the remainder of the game to hand the Packers a season-opening loss in Jacksonville.
SAINTS 38, PACKERS 3