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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A passing nightmare for Green Bay

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Just to close the book on Monday night's debacle at the Superdome, I wanted to share a couple of observations from ESPN Stats & Information. First, let's put New Orleans' passing success in perspective relative to Green Bay's previous defensive performance.

The Packers gave up nearly twice as many yards Monday night than their season average. Here's a full comparison:

Packers' Pass Defense
 First 10 GamesMonday vs. Saints
Passing yds allowed 176.3 318
Comp pct against 51.5 74.0
Yds per att allowed 5.7 12.0
Pass TDs allowed 11 4
Opp. Passer rating 59.5 137.8
Points allowed 20.9 51

More interestingly, video analyst Hank Gargiulo found that nearly 70 percent of the Saints' passing yardage came on yards after the catch. That meshes with the game plan quarterback Drew Brees revealed late Monday night: The Saints believed they could break tackles in the Packers' secondary if they managed to get their hands on the ball.

Overall, Gargiulo found that the Saints gained 226 of their 323 passing yards after the catch (YAC). Here is his YAC breakdown of the Saints' top receivers Monday night:

Saints Receivers by the Numbers
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