Green Bay Packers hold off New Orleans Saints in season opener

Michael Tortorich
New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles warms up.

The Green Bay Packers needed a goalline stand to hang on to a 42-34 win against the visiting New Orleans Saints.

After a defensive pass interference, the Saints had an untimed down from the goalline. New Orleans running back Mark Ingram carried on the play up the middle, but the Packers stopped the Alabama product short.

It was the defensive exclamation on an otherwise overwhelmingly offensive game.

Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees directed the shoot-out. Rodgers went 27-of-35 passing for 312 yards and three touchdowns, while Brees finished 27-of-43 for 348 yards and three touchdowns.

It was also a game of special teams highlights for both teams. New Saints returner Darren Sproles had a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. Randall Cobb of the Packers returned a kick 108 yards for a score.