Brees lifts home-loving Saints past Packers

Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:00pm EDT
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(Reuters) - New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes to lead the Saints to a 44-23 win over Green Bay on Sunday, bringing the Packers' four-game winning streak to an end.

In a match-up of two premier NFL quarterbacks, Brees battled Aaron Rodgers in a shootout at the Superdome, with the Saints' signal caller throwing for 311 yards without an interception.

Rodgers threw for one score and ran for another, but was also picked off twice. He tweaked a hamstring in the third quarter, which appeared to limit the Packers' quarterback for the remainder of the game.

New Orleans are now 3-4 on the season, with all three wins coming at the Superdome. They travel to Carolina next.

"The season is passing us by, so we had to get it together, Brees told reporters. "It was a great night to do it. We were able to turn it loose and hit on all cylinders."

The Packers are 5-3 and have a bye next week.

The game took a crucial turn at 16-16 in the third quarter, when Rodgers appeared to hurt his left hamstring while scrambling.

Green Bay's Pro Bowl quarterback remained in the game but never seemed to recover, throwing two second-half interceptions -- his first since the season-opener -- and suffering four sacks.

"It wasn't a big deal ultimately," Rodgers said of his injury. "Penalties and turnovers hurt us, and kicking field goals (instead of touchdowns)."   Continued...

Oct 26, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) celebrate after a sack against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated Packers 44-23. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports