Chances are, Brett Hundley won’t throw another pass at Lambeau Field until Family Night next summer.
So, for the rookie, Thursday night was quite a farewell.
Hundley completed 16-of-23 passes for 236 yards with four touchdown passes and a passer rating of 142.4 to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 38-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the preseason finale for both teams on Thursday night.
Both teams kept their key players on the sideline, including quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. In fact, the Packers’ only starters to get playing time were outside linebackers Mike Neal and Nick Perry, both of whom have missed time due to injuries, and defensive tackles Mike Daniels, who missed the first two preseason games with an ankle injury, and Letroy Guion, who will miss the first three regular-season games due to a suspension.
The Packers took a 17-10 lead on Hundley’s 77-yard touchdown pass to Larry Pinkard. The score came on third-and-8, with Pinkard taking one step outside and then breaking inside and catching the short pass at the 30 against veteran safety Kenny Phillips. As safety Pierre Warrien slipped to the turf, Pinkard outran Phillips to the end zone.
After a poor start, Green Bay’s defense took control. The Saints gained 143 yards on their first two possessions to take a 10-0 lead. However, when Tay Glover-Wright intercepted a deflected pass late in the third quarter, the Saints had gained only 107 additional yards.
That Glover-Wright interception at the Saints’ 21 helped the Packers put the game away. A roughing-the-passer penalty helped keep the drive alive and, finally, on fourth-and-goal at the 2, Myles White was wide open on a corner route for a touchdown grab from Hundley. That made it 24-10 with 11:30 remaining.
When Hundley added another touchdown pass to White midway through the fourth quarter, it bumped his passer rating up to 139.4 and gave him seven touchdowns vs. one interception in the preseason.
The game was tied 10-10 at halftime. New Orleans breezed to a first-drive touchdown, with first-round pick Damarious Randall toasted for a 45-yard completion from Luke McCown to Brandon Coleman on the first play to jump-start the possession. The Saints’ next possession reached the Packers’ 3 before they settled for a 21-yard field goal.
Scott Tolzien started for Rodgers and led three possessions. The first two ended in three-and-out punts and the third ended with a red-zone interception when Tolzien and Myles White weren’t on the same page on a crossing route.
Hundley’s first two possession resulted in scores – a 55-yard field goal by Mason Crosby and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Janis. On the touchdown drive, John Crockett had a 10-yard run, Hundley scrambled for 13 on third-and-10 and Crockett added a 22-yard gain on a screen. The touchdown came on third-and-3, with Hundley hitting Janis on a slant and Janis powering through Phillips near the goal line.
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