Aaron Rodgers solemnly walked out of a visiting team’s talk area during a Superdome late Sunday night, an ever-so-slight baggy punctuating his normal gait.
The quarterback tweaked his left hamstring in a third quarter, that — along with a invulnerability that couldn’t stop Drew Brees and a New Orleans offense — played a partial in Green Bay’s 44-23 detriment to a Saints.
“It unequivocally influenced him,” Green Bay manager Mike McCarthy said. “We kept him in a (shotgun). Didn’t unequivocally get into a play-action game. Obviously, scratched off all a quarterback movements. He was singular usually to play from a slot and palm a round off.”
Rodgers, who threw his initial dual interceptions given a deteriorate opener, still finished 28 of 39 for 418 yards and a touchdown and ran for a 14-yard measure after a injury. He pronounced there unequivocally wasn’t an choice of him withdrawal a diversion as prolonged as he could reason up.
The Packers (5-3) had their winning strain finish during 4 games. They converted usually one of 7 third downs — a 70-yard scoring pass to Randall Cobb on their initial possession.
The diversion altered in a third entertain after Rodgers’ injury, that came on a seven-yard hasten to a New Orleans 13. Three plays later, Saints cornerback Corey White sloping a pass dictated for Andrew Quarless nearby a idea line and linebacker David Hawthorne held it.
The Saints (3-4) incited a interception into a discerning four-play, 88-yard expostulate that finished with rookie receiver Brandin Cooks’ 50-yard touchdown and a 23-16 New Orleans lead.
“That’s a 14-point swing,” McCarthy said. “He catches a round and we measure seven. They apparently converted that turnover into a touchdown. So, apparently it was a large play.”
It was a third uninterrupted array inside New Orleans’ 15 that didn’t finish in a touchdown. The before dual drives finished in Mason Crosby margin goals.
“We had 3 margin goals and a turnover in a red zone, a turnover on their side of a field,” Rodgers said. “Uncharacteristic of a group and myself. Just holding points off a house is tough.”
Packers using behind Eddie Lacy, who grew adult in a New Orleans area, had 181 yards from struggle — including 123 yards on 8 catches — though was stopped on fourth-and-short in Green Bay domain on a indirect series. The Saints extended their lead to 30-16 shortly after on Jimmy Graham’s 22-yard locate from Brees.
Green Bay’s invulnerability didn’t help. For a second time this season, a Packers didn’t force a punt. Brees finished 27 of 32 for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. New Orleans using behind Mark Ingram finished with a career-best 172 yards on a ground, capped by a 21-yard game-sealing touchdown on a expostulate after Rodgers’ scoring scamper.
“All we talked about all week prolonged is usually entrance together as a group and personification a finish diversion as a team,” pronounced Brees, whose late interception was partial of a fall in Detroit a week earlier. “It was a ideal illustration of that.
Green Bay was though dual starting defensive backs: cornerback Sam Shields and reserve Morgan Burnett. And a Packers mislaid right ensure T.J. Lang to an ankle repairs early in a game.
“Tonight we struggled a small bit in all areas, interlude a run mainly,” linebacker Julius Peppers said. “That set adult play-action that unequivocally harm us over a top. When we get off change it sets we back.”
Neither group had difficulty relocating a round in a initial half, though both defenses were mostly successful in mitigating a repairs on a scoreboard. Green Bay’s Crosby and New Orleans’ Shayne Graham any kicked 3 margin goals, and it was tied during 16 during halftime.