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Packers hold off Saints on final play to win wild NFL season opener

Aaron Rodgers

It was strange that in a game that saw 76 points scored, a ton of big offensive plays and two kick returns for scores, that the NFL opener between the Saints and Packers came down to a yard.

The Packers stuffed Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram on the last play of the game from their own 1 to preserve a dramatic 42-34 win. It was the best NFL opener I can remember.

The Packers led by 15, then eight, and had to survive a furious Saints rally in the final two minutes. The Saints got the last shot from the 1 after a pass interference call in the end zone against the Packers' A.J. Hawk.

The Saints Drew Brees and the Packers' Aaron Rodgers combined for 731 yards passing and each threw three touchdowns. There wasn't a whole lot of defense to speak of from either team until the last play of the game.

With the win, the Packers became the 12th consecutive defending Super Bowl champ to win their opener.