Brees lifts home-loving Saints past Green Bay Packers

New Orleans quarterback throws three touchdown passes in 44-23 win

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb carries the ball past New Orleans Saints defensive back Marcus Ball. Photograph: Crystal LoGiudice/USA Today Sports.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes to lead the Saints to a 44-23 win over Green Bay yesterday, 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 their home ground, 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.