"We told guys to finish the play because that ball may be out," Venturi said.
Haslett couldn't squelch a chuckle recalling Johnson's comment that the 2002 Packers defense could dominate like the 1985 Bears.
Meanwhile, Saints rookie defensive end Charles Grant, forced to play most of the game after Johnson replacement Darren Howard was injured, played "exceptional," Haslett said, as the Saints put much more pressure on Favre than the Packers applied to Brooks.
Except for an interception by Brooks that led to the first Green Bay touchdown just before half, the Saints had threatened to put the game away after going up 21-3 on a play that starred ex-Bears center Jerry Fontenot.
With Green Bay cornerback Tyrone Williams blitzing, Brooks lofted a pass to Stallworth in the flat that Williams got a finger on. Fontenot decked safety Antuan Edwards with a helmet-rattling pancake block that sprung Stallworth to the end zone.
"I actually passed the corner up and almost went to block him," Fontenot said.
"I let him go and went to the next level and unfortunately for No. 24 (Edwards), he didn't get out of my way soon enough."
It was the perfect call against the defense. Fontenot's block was replayed on the Superdome video screen and his name was announced as fans went wild and teammates slapped high-fives.
When the center becomes the center of attention for something other than a bad snap or holding penalty, a team knows things are going well.