Saints 26, Packers 17 in Brett Hundley's first start after Rodgers injury

Packers Second Screen: vs. Saints
Packers Second Screen: vs. Saints
Packers Second Screen: vs. Saints
Packers Second Screen: vs. Saints
Packers Second Screen: vs. Saints
Packers Second Screen: vs. Saints
Packers Second Screen: vs. Saints
Posted at 12:00 AM, Oct 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-22 17:56:13-04

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4th Quarter

New Orleans 26, Green Bay 17
Brees 1 yd TD run
4:55 left in quarter

New Orleans 19, Green Bay 17
Lutz 44 yd FG
10:21 left in quarter

Green Bay 17, New Orleans 16
Crosby 46 yd FG
14:50 left in quarter

3rd Quarter

New Orleans 16, Green Bay 14
Lutz 28 yd FG
4:12 left in quarter

Green Bay 14, New Orleans 13
Brees-Coleman 22 yd TD pass
11:25 left in quarter

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2nd Quarter

Green Bay 14, New Orleans 7
Hundley 14 yd TD run
8:37 left in quarter

New Orleans 7, Green Bay 7
Ingram 11 yd TD run
12:31 left in quarter

1st Quarter

Green Bay 7, New Orleans 0
Jones 46 yd TD run

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Will the Packers win without Aaron?

No question has enraptured, scared and brought so much anxiety toward Packers fans as the one which launched itself into harsh reality at 12:18 p.m. Sunday in Minneapolis when the all-world quarterback of the Packers was injured by a driving hit from Anthony Barr of the Vikings.

Now, that question will at least be partially answered by Brett Hundley, who gets his first start at quarterback for the Packers as they host the New Orleans Saints.

A week of understandable speculation on the moves the Packers should make - the ideas of Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo surfaced into heavy discussion - ended when Coach Mike McCarthy firmly offered his support to the three-year backup from UCLA.

"I feel good about Brett Hundley at quarterback," McCarthy told WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" on Thursday.

Though Hundley most assuredly spent the days before the Vikings game preparing for Minnesota, little prepares you for the moment when you have to take over full-time for a future Hall of Famer on zero notice, and Hundley threw three interceptions.

"It was an uphill climb, but with that, it's experience. Regardless of the quality of play, it was a really good experience for Brett. He came out of the game confident and he has applied that to the work so far this week," said McCarthy.

The job of making up for the impact of an Aaron Rodgers, however, is solely not on the shoulders of his replacement at quarterback. This team, with 14 injuries on the list this week, needs help from all facets of play, including a defense that has is middle-of-the-road in terms of allowing points and yardage, but among the game's best at causing turnovers.

"We've got some good things to build off, but those turnovers are huge, and we're going to need them against the Saints," said the coach.

The Saints bring the NFL's fourth-best scoring offense and fifth-best passing attack. Additionally, they are one of the best at forcing turnovers and not committing their own.

If the Packers win this contest - and they are underdogs at home for just the second time in more than three years - they will prove they are still a playoff contender. If not, have hope; 14 Packers (and perhaps more) who desperately need rest after being injured will get it over the bye week.

Still, this is a contest where creativity and pure will must overcome diminished talent.

Stay tuned.