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Saints Can’t Convert in the End; Fall to 0-4 with 28-27 Loss to Packers

Now what?

Everyone knew that 2012 would be a challenge for the Saints with all the off the field issues from the offseason, but not many felt that as of the first day of October, the team would still be without a regular season win.

That’s where the team stands though today, as the Saints were not able to close out what could have been a huge win over the Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday.

Instead, the team is now 0-4 after a one-point 28-27 setback.

“(A record of) 0-4 is unimaginable for this team or any team,” LB Curtis Lofton said. “I thought it was impossible for us to be it.”

Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes for the Packers (2-2), including a go-ahead 11-yard strike to Jordy Nelson with seven minutes remaining.

After Nelson’s grab, New Orleans’ Darren Sproles fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but was ruled down by contact. Out of challenges, the Packers were forced to accept the botched call, and the Saints took advantage with a march to the Green Bay 25.

Garrett Hartley drilled a 43-yard field goal from there, but this time the newly reinstated officials got it right with a holding call on David Thomas, which negated the kick.

After an encroachment call on Green Bay, Hartley pulled his 48-yard attempt wide left and the Packers took over with 2:49 to go. They were able to run out the clock and secure the win courtesy of a tough catch by James Jones on 3rd-and-3.

Rodgers finished with 319 yards and an interception on 31-of-41 passing, while Cedric Benson ran for 84 yards on 18 carries for Green Bay. Nelson caught eight passes for 93 yards, Jones added a pair of touchdown grabs and Greg Jennings scored in the second quarter before departing with a groin injury.

“You can’t help but have that feeling of ‘Here we go again’ and unfortunately there was a little bit of that on some of the calls,” said Rodgers. “But we were able to overcome it. I think it says a lot about the character of this team. This was an important win for us.”

Drew Brees completed 35-of-54 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns without and interception for the Saints (0-4), who have dropped four straight to begin a season for the first time since 2007.

“We need to find a way to win,” said Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer. “(The players) are going to be a little bit disheartened but we’re going to fight back and we’re going to climb the mountain.”

With a 20-yard first-quarter scoring pass to Marques Colston, Brees tied Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (47).

“Obviously I’d like to be sitting here talking about (the record) after a win, but certainly it’s significant to even be in the same realm as a guy like Johnny Unitas,” said Brees.

The defense held the Packers to only one touchdown in the second half and created two turnovers. All in all, it should have been a win, but instead it seems that week in and week out, the Saints are finding new ways to lose.

“We showed that we can play,” Lofton said. “We’re not terrible. We don’t suck. I feel like this game we started to really come together as a team.”

It just is starting to feel like it’s all too late.


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2 Responses to “Saints Can’t Convert in the End; Fall to 0-4 with 28-27 Loss to Packers”

  1. matt Ryan says:

    Get your Saints brown paper bags!….Bags for sale!….Hole for eyes already cut out!…Bags for sale…..Buy 2, get one free!…..I predict the Saints go 2-14 this year!…..Right now the Saints couldn’t beat a bad college team!….They will be better however after playing and lossing to the Falcons just for the fact of being on the field with winners!…That tends to rub off on lossers:)…..If you count last years playoff loss, the Saints are 0-5 their last 5 games!….Maybe after this season they could get jobs as bounty hunters???….

  2. don says:

    I dont knwo what is wrong with this saints team, maybe its the coaching but i dont know. We have an article recapping this and the othwer noteworthy games right here! http://halftimechat.com/week-4-recap/

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