Packers’ Defense Throws Second-Half Shutout
Injuries ran rampant within the Packers’ defense during the course of the game, particularly as it unfolded.
To begin with, Jaire Alexander was sidelined, and his replacement, Carrington Valentine, exited the game due to a bicep injury, subsequently making way for Corey Ballentine. Meanwhile, inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell sustained an ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return to the field. Furthermore, standout outside linebacker Rashan Gary continued to be on a pitch count.
Despite these adversities, the defense delivered a remarkable performance, pitching a shutout in the second half. With Jameis Winston taking the quarterback reins after Derek Carr’s injury, Green Bay forced the Saints into two three-and-outs during their final four possessions. This stellar defensive effort ensured that the Packers’ offense received the ball back in a timely fashion. Admittedly, it wasn’t always the prettiest sight, and a late missed field goal by the Saints did provide a helping hand, but the Packers’ defense rose to the occasion when it counted most.