Green Bay, Wis. - It wasn't easy and it wasn't always pretty but the New Orleans Saints certainly earned their fourth consecutive win with a 26-17 victory over the Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Quarterback Drew Brees overcame two early interceptions to pass for 331 yards and a touchdown. Brees also helped seal the game with 1-yard leap for the final Saints score of the game. He was 27 of 38 and connected with six receivers. Ted Ginn led the way with seven catches for 141 yards. Michael Thomas added seven for 82 and running back Alvin Kamara had five for 50 yards. Brandon Coleman had the touchdown reception, a 22-yarder in the third quarter.
Kamara ran nine times for 57 yards and Mark Ingram had 22 carries for 105 yards including a 12-yard touchdown. It was Ingram's 11th 100-yard game and for Brees it was his 37th fourth-quarter comeback. Counting regular season and postgame games, Brees also reached 500 career passing touchdowns.
The Saints defense, which has been on a tear during the winning streak, applied consistent pressure to Packers quarterback Brett Hundley, who was making his first NFL start. While the Saints didn't always catch Hundley - Alex Okafor had the lone sack and a forced fumble - they held him to just 83 passing yards. Running back Aaron Jones was the big offensive weapon for the Packers with 17 carries for 131 yards, 46 of which came on a touchdown run on the first possession of the game.
Kenny Vaccaro had the team's one turnover, a fourth quarter interception of Hundley. Vaccaro now has a career high three picks on the season.
The Saints are 4-2 heading into next Sunday's home game vs. the Chicago Bears, and in first place in the NFC South (the 3-2 Falcons play New England on Sunday night).
The Saints played catch up for most of the game vs. the Packers (4-3) hampered by two interceptions that ended good scoring chances and seven penalties, a couple of which helped extend Green Bay scoring drives.
Saints right guard Larry Warford left the game with an abdominal strain.
New Orleans Saints stat leaders
Drew Brees, 27 of 38 for 331 yards with one passing and one rushing touchdown
Mark Ingram, 22 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown
Ted Ginn Jr., seven catches for 141 yards
Michael Thomas, seven catches for 82 yards
Green Bay Packers stat leaders
Brett Hundley, 12 of 25 for 87 yards
Aaron Jones, 17 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown
Martellus Bennett, two catches for 17 yards
Randall Cobb, two catches for 15 yards