x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

The Packers are just blown away by Brees

Quarterback Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes to lead the New Orleans Saints to an overwhelming win over the visiting Green Bay Packers.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, right, celebrates with tight end Billy Miller, middle, after Miller scored a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, right, celebrates with tight end Billy Miller, middle, after Miller scored a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes to lead the New Orleans Saints to an overwhelming win over the visiting Green Bay Packers. Lance Moore caught two of the passes, one for 70 yards, and Pierre Thomas rushed for another two touchdowns. Deuce McAllister set a franchise record with his 54th career touchdown as the Saints delighted a capacity crowd at the Louisiana Superdome with an impressive offensive performance, blowing open the game with a 21 point haul in the third quarter.

"We spread the ball around pretty good," the New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "We moved the ball well all night, Drew [Brees] was very comfortable out there and we did a lot of good things." The Saints improved to 6-5, keeping their play-off hopes alive despite being last in the NFC South. "We had to have the win," Payton added. "It was the right time to get the offence going." Brees was 20-of-26 for 323 yards as New Orleans tied a team record for points scored in a game while getting back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

McAllister got a tumultuous ovation after the touchdown in what may have been his last game in New Orleans. He is appealing against a four-game NFL suspension after testing positive for a banned diuretic. "We couldn't be happier for him," Payton said of the record- breaking touchdown. "His teammates, all the fans here had a chance to witness that." Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had two touchdown passes and ran for another, but was intercepted three times as the Packers fell out of a first place tie in the NFC Central with Chicago and Minnesota.

"We didn't slow them down at all tonight," the Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "Give credit to the Saints and the play of their quarterback Brees. He was on fire coming into the game and we didn't cool him off any." * Reuters