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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Graham Harrell (?!) helps Saints take lead

By Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- I couldn't make this up if I tried.

Here's the upshot: Graham Harrell just lost a fumble on the New Orleans Saints' 8-yard line. And the Saints have capitalized to take the lead here at Lambeau Field.

Bet you didn't think you would read that line Sunday, did you?

It all started when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the field after New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins poked him in the right eye on a blitz. Rodgers could have stayed in the game because Jenkins was penalized on the play, but Rodgers looked to be having trouble opening the eye.

Harrell, the backup who had a roller coaster preseason in his first summer as the Packers' No. 2, entered the game for a first-and-goal at the two-yard line. Harrell tripped over center Jeff Saturday's feet on his first snap and could not cleanly hand the ball off to tailback Cedric Benson. Harrell was charged with a fumble, negating a chance to build on a 21-17 lead, and the Saints recovered.

Four plays later, Saints quarterback Drew Brees found receiver Joseph Morgan wide open for an 80-yard touchdown pass. The play gave the Saints a 24-21 lead.

It appears Rodgers is prepared to come back on the field for the Packers' next series. We'll let you know if that's not the case.