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Saints really messed up on fourth down

First, let's start off by saying that was one heck of a game between the Packers and Saints.

It sure had the makings of a rout, but it turned into an entertaining opener to the NFL season, with the Packers stopping the Saints at the goal line to preserve a 42-34 victory.

But let's look at the final play.

The Saints, loaded on offense with weapons at wide receiver, tight end and with a pass-catching running back, decided to take the ball out of Drew Brees' hand (and arm) and give it to rookie running back Mark Ingram with the game on the line.

One yard to go. Ingram didn't make it.

Not surprised, because earlier on fourth-and-short the Saints failed.

I know the Steelers get criticized for their play-calling, but the Saints need to be looked at for those two calls.

Maybe it was a case of trying to catch the other team off guard.

Whatever the reason, I'm left with the feeling of an exciting game and some questionable calls.

Now, on to Sunday's games.


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