Packers win NFL Opener in Thrilling Fashion

The 2011 NFL season hit the ground sprinting last night as the defending champion Green Bay Packers defeated the New Orleans Saints 42-34. The game was full of fireworks that exploded early and often. Drew Brees threw for over four hundred yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss while his counterpart Aaron Rodgers threw for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was the first game where both quarterbacks threw for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in week 1.

Both sides special teams also pitched in, New Orleans with a punt return to the house and Green Bay Rookie Randall Cobb tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kick return. While both offenses were unstoppable the biggest play came on the defensive end. Green Bay had a goal line stand on the final play of the game to seal their 7th strait win, including last season. Green Bay covered the 4-point spread and the 48.5 point total was eclipsed in the third quarter. Make all your NFL picks here at InsideNation. You can also discuss every NFL matchup in our forums and win $5,000 in our Pro Football Frenzy.

Next weekend's matchups:

Green Bay @ Carolina

Chicago @ New Orleans

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