GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Another road game, another good win for the New Orleans Saints.
They can draw upon the 26-17 victory on Sunday over the Green Bay Packers for a shot of confidence in tough situations later this season and, if they keep this up, in the playoffs, too.
Drew Brees bounced back from two first-quarter interceptions to throw for a touchdown and run for another, and Mark Ingram rushed for a score to help the Saints (4-2) win their third straight road game and fourth overall.
“At halftime, you could have, against this team, easily have been down 14, 21 points,” coach Sean Payton said.
But they only trailed 14-7 at the half to the Packers, who didn’t convert the turnovers into points. They also didn’t have the ultimate closer on the field in quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so backup Brett Hundley made his first NFL start.
“We were down seven and kind of looking at each other (at halftime) like, ‘Let’s go,'” Payton said.
Will Lutz kicked two second-half field goals, including a 44-yarder to put New Orleans up for good 19-17 with 10:21 left in the game. Brees’ 1-yard sneak gave the Saints a two-score lead with 4:55 left.
Brees finished 27 of 38 for 331 yards, while Ingram ran for 105 yards on 22 carries.
“I’m particularly disgusted with the second half,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “As a head coach, when your team doesn’t perform and drops off the way it did in the second half, I’m disappointed.”