Big plays, big stops for Pack’s defense vs. Saints



GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have some rough spots to smooth over on defense after the season-opening victory over the New Orleans Saints.

They gave up too many big plays and a jaw-dropping 477 net yards of offense Thursday night, including 419 yards passing by Drew Brees.

Still, the Packers got the stops when they needed them.

Two of Brees’ touchdown passes were for 31 and 29 yards, but the Saints weren’t so hot when they were closer to the goal line. New Orleans was 1-for-5 in the red zone. And the Packers made a goal-line stand on the final play of the game, stuffing rookie running back Mark Ingram to preserve the victory.