Saints can't finish at Green Bay, fall to Packers

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A franchise that made a lot of plays in the fourth quarter, suddenly cannot make them.

Garrett Hartley missed what would have been a go ahead 48 yard field goal wide left with 2:49 to play as the Packers beat the Saints 28-27 Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Hartley drilled a 43 yard field goal that was called back for holding on #85 tight end David Thomas. After that 10 yard penalty, and a 5 yard offsides penalty on the Packers, Hartley missed wide left.

The field goal attempt came after running back Darren Sproles dropped a pass that would have given the Saints a first down.

The Saints appeared to have luck on their side.

In the third quarter, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was poked in the eye on a tackle by Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.

On the following play, Green Bay backup quarterback Graham Harrell botched a handoff. The ball was recovered by Jenkins at the Saints 8 yard line.

Four play later, Drew Brees threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joseph Morgan to give the Saints a 24-21 lead.

The Packers regained the lead on an 11 yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson with 7:05 to play.

Brees completed 35 of 54 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns. Brees tied Johnny Unitas' record of at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

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