NEW ORLEANS – It’s shootout central Monday night in the Louisiana Superdome as the New Orleans Saints took a 24-21 lhalftime ead over Green Bay Packers and rolled on for a 51-29 win and a 6-5 record before a national television audience.
Deuce McCallister scored a second-half touchdown to give him the most TDs by a Saint in the team's history, eclipsing Dalton Hilliard.
Lance Moore displayed why he’s been the most productive Saints wide receiver this season. The shifty pass catcher turned about a 7-yard reception into a 70-yard score only 22 seconds following the Packers’ opening touchdown. Moore juked Packers cornerback Atari Bigby immediately after snagging Drew Brees’ pass and Moore wasn’t touched until he reached the goal line to tie the game at 7 apiece.
The Saints then took a 14-7 lead on their next drive, this time using the legs of running back Pierre Thomas. The second-year back punched in a 4-yard TD burst up the gut with 4:44 left in the first quarter.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Moore struck again with 8:19 left in the second quarter. Moore took a crossing route the distance to push the Saints back ahead 21-14 as he ended the 14-yard scoring play with a dive across the scoring stripe where only his outstretched arm crossing the plane.
Aaron Rodgers used his legs with 1:44 left in first half as he scampered for a 10-yard scoring run to give the game its fourth tie at 21-all.
A 62-yard kick return by the Saints’ Courtney Roby gave the Saints added second-quarter life following Rodgers' TD run. The Saints added a 30-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley with two seconds left in the half.
Brees sparkled in the first half going 13-for-16 through the air for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Aaron Rodgers did what so many other quarterbacks have done when facing the Saints – zero in on beleaguered cornerback Jason David. The Packers passer found Greg Jennings matched up on David with 13:43 to go in the first half allowing Rodgers to fire a 7-yard TD strike to Jennings to even the game 14-14.
A poor 27-yard punt from the Saints’ Glenn Pakulak and a heavy dose of Packers running back Ryan Grant led to 1-yard touchdown leap by fullback John Kuhn to give Green Bay a 7-0 lead with 8:39 remaining in the first quarter. Grant gained 35 of the 36 yards on the drive before Kuhn’s dive.
Read more about the Saints victory, plus Jim Mashek's column, in Tuesday's Sun Herald.