The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers stopped running back Mark Ingram at the goal line late in the game to preserve a 42-34 opening night win over the New Orleans Saints in a game that kicked off the NFL regular season.
The quarterback hype for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans signal caller Drew Brees met expectations as the two combined to throw for over 700 yards in a dazzling offensive display.
And Kentucky rookie Randall Cobb made his presence felt as well for Green Bay, catching a touchdown pass and running a kickoff back 108 yards for a score, tying for the longest kickoff return run in NFL history.
Still, it all came down to the final play of the game where Ingram was stopped at the goal line and the Packer defense rose up to make the play and secure the win. Even if Ingram had gone in, the Saints would have had to make a two point conversion to force an overtime.