August 22, 2004

New Orleans sloppy in loss to Packers: Brooks reinjures quad

The New Orleans Saints appear to have a lot of work to do to get ready for their September 12th season opener at Seattle.

The Saints committed 10 penalties, 4 turnovers and dropped 5 passes in losing to the Packers 19-14.

To make matter worse, Aaron Brooks aggravated his strained right thigh muscle while scrambling to the sideline to avoid former teammate Grady Jackson in the second quarter and was replaced by Todd Bouman.

Bouman's first pass was intercepted by Green Bay’s Darren Sharper and returned 90 yards for a score which gave Green Bay a 10-0 lead.

Brett Favre completed 11 of 17 passes for 149 yards. The Saints first team defense did keep the Packers out of the end zone.  Ryan Longwell was good from 40 yards and wide left from 40. He added field goals of 48, 42 and 32 yards in the second half.

Brooks was 7 of 13 passes for 44 yards and faced constant pressure while he was in. The Saints held both starting offensive tackles out of the game with injuries.

Ki-Jana Carter opened the scoring for the Saints in the third quarter with a 1yard touchdown run that brought New Orleans to 13-7. The New Orleans drive was aided by consecutive pass interference calls on the Packers.

Devery Henderson's scored the Saints final points on a 70-yard TD reception from J.T. O'Sullivan with 2:26 remaining.

Notes: Aaron Stecker left the game with a stinger but returned in the 3rd quarter. Former Saint Michael Hawthorne started at one corner for Green Bay in place of hold out Mike McKenzie.

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