Saints @ Packers: Game Preview

Official NFL Release

NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND 2011

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS

SERIES


SAINTS

PACKERS

SERIES LEADER

14-7

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 2-0

McCarthy: 0-2

LAST GAME

11/24/08: Packers 29 at Saints 51. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completes 20 of 26 passes for 323 yards & 4 TDs as Saints break game open with 21 3rd-quarter points.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/17/06: Saints 34, Packers 27. Tied at 20 in 4th quarter, New Orleans scores 2 TDs in 26 seconds for 34-20 lead to thwart late Green Bay rally.

BROADCAST

NBC (7:30 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (NO), 93 (GB), 88 (WW1).  XM: 225 (NO), 226 (GB), 88 (WW1). 

2010 STATS

PASSING

Brees: 448-658-4,620 (1C)-33-22-90.9

Rodgers: 312-475-3,922 (3C)-28 (T3C)-11-101.2 (1C)

RUSHING

Thomas: 83-269-3.2-2

Grant: 8-45-5.6-0

RECEIVING

Colston: 84-1,023-12.2-7

Jennings: 76-1,265 (2C)-16.6-12 (T1C)

OFFENSE

372.5 (3C)

358.1

TAKE/GIVE

-6

+10 (2C)

DEFENSE

306.2 (1C)

309.1 (2C)

SACKS

Ellis: 6

Matthews: 13.5 (2C)

INTs

Greer, Jenkins: 2

T. Williams: 6 (T2C)

PUNTING

Morstead: 45.9 (3C)

Masthay: 43.9

KICKING

Hartley: 100 (40/40 PAT; 20/25 FG)

Crosby: 112 (46/46 PAT; 22/28 FG)

 

NOTES

GAME FEATURES past 2 SB champs (NO: XLIV, GB: XLV)...SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has 22,918 pass yards since joining NO in 2006, most by QB in any 5-year span in NFL history. Has 4,000+ yards in past 5 seasons & is 1 of 2 QBs (PEYTON MANNING) all-time with 5+ 4,000-yard seasons in row. Had 448 comp. last year, his NFL-record 3rd 400-comp. season. Has 109.3 rating in 3 starts vs. GB...RB PIERRE THOMAS rushed for 87 yards & 2 TDs in only game vs. GB. Rookie RB MARK INGRAM (1st Rd, No. 28) won 2009 Heisman & is only Alabama player to win award...WR MARQUES COLSTON had 84 catches for 1,023 yards last year, 1st Saint with 1,000+ rec. yards in 4 of 1st 5 NFL seasons. WR LANCE MOORE had 5 catches for 115 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting...LB JONATHAN VILMA led club in tackles for 3rd consecutive season. S ROMAN HARPER is only S in team history to be selected to 2 consecutive Pro Bowls...

PACKERSHave 51 wins on KO Weekend, tied for most all-time (Chi.)...QB AARON RODGERS has 12,394 pass yards since becoming starter in 2008, 2nd most by QB in 1st 3 years as starter (KURT WARNER, 12,612). Led NFC with 101.2 rating last year, 1st GB QB with consecutive seasons with 100+ rating (103.2 in 2009)...RB RYAN GRANT is 1 of 3 players in GB history with consecutive 1,200-yard rush seasons (2008-09)... Packers had 3 WRs with 50+ catches each for 1st time in franchise history: GREG JENNINGS (76), DONALD DRIVER (51) & JAMES JONES (50). Rookie WR RANDALL COBB (2nd Rd, No. 64) set SEC single-season record with 2,396 all-purpose yards last year at Kentucky... CB CHARLES WOODSON holds franchise record with 9 def. TDs (8 INT, 1 FR). CB TRAMON WILLIAMS led NFL with 9 INTs, incl. playoffs. LB CLAY MATTHEWS is 1st Packer to start career with consecutive 10-sack seasons (23.5 sacks).

  

SUPER BOWL MVP QUARTERBACKS MEET IN

THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF

All eyes will be on two of the NFL's best quarterbacks - New Orleans' DREW BREES and Green Bay's AARON RODGERS - when the 2011 season kicks off on Thursday night in primetime (NBC, 8:30 PM ET) as the defending Super Bowl champion Packers host the Super Bowl XLIV champion Saints. 

The game features the past two Super Bowl MVPs. Brees was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV in New Orleans' 31-17 win and Rodgers took home the honor last year in Green Bay's 31-25 Super Bowl XLV victory.

This meeting marks the fifth time in NFL history - and first since 1993 - that Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks started against one another on Kickoff Weekend:

September 15, 1974

Len Dawson (Kansas City)

Joe Namath (New York Jets)

September 12, 1982

Joe Montana (San Francisco)

Jim Plunkett (Los Angeles Raiders)

September 5, 1988

Phil Simms (New York Giants)

Doug Williams (Washington)

September 6, 1993

Troy Aikman (Dallas)

Mark Rypien (Washington)

September 8, 2011

Drew Brees (New Orleans)

Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay)

 

  

GREEN BAYAARON RODGERS, the MVP of Super Bowl XLV, looks to continue his impressive play for the defending champions. Last year, he led the NFC with a 101.2 passer rating and is the only quarterback in franchise history to post a 100.0+ rating in consecutive seasons (103.2 in 2009). He passed for 3,922 yards in 2010 and his 12,394 yards since becoming the starter in 2008 are the second most by a quarterback in his first three years as a starter (KURT WARNER, 12,612). Rodgers' career passer rating of 98.4 is the highest mark in NFL history (minimum 1,500 attempts).

NEW ORLEANS: Pro Bowl quarterback DREW BREES topped the NFL last year with a 68.1 completion percentage and led the NFC in yards (4,620), touchdowns (33), completions (448) and attempts (658). Since joining the Saints in 2006, his 22,918 passing yards are the most by a quarterback in any five-year span in NFL history. He has passed for at least 4,000 yards in each of the past five years - the top five passing totals in club annals - and is one of only two QBs in NFL history (PEYTON MANNING) with at least five consecutive 4,000-yard seasons. Brees' 448 completions marked his league-record third 400-completion season.

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