Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers kicked off the 2011 NFL season with three touchdown passes in the first quarter to lift his Green Bay Packers past the New Orleans Saints 42-34 Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Saints Quarterback Drew Brees brought his team back to create an offensive heavy battle, throwing for 419 yards and three TD’s from 32 passes completed.
Packers rookie Randall Cobb pulled in a touchdown and ran a kickoff back 108 yards for six in the third quarter, tying an NFL record for the longest kickoff return in history. The final play of the game featured Clay Matthews and safety Morgan Burnett stopping RB Mark Ingram just short of the goal line to solidify the victory.
“It’s not what you envision,” said Matthews. “Obviously, you’d love to have a blowout, but I think it represents everything that we preach, which is finishing games. And it comes down to the very last play – we win, or they have an opportunity to tie it up. I think it’s fantastic to overcome that adversity, get the stop that we needed and get off the field with the victory.” Be sure to check back for more NFL updates!