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Finally, fate smiled on the PackersSubmitted: 09/30/2012
Story By Packers.com, Associated Press

GREEN BAY - They finally got a call to go their way, and it helped the Packers hold on for a 28-27 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Garrett Hartley's field goal attempt from 43 yards with 2:58 to play in the game split the uprights and appeared to give the Saints a two-point lead, until a holding penalty moved Hartley back and necessitated a re-try, which he missed wide to the left.

Finally, the Packers found some good luck in a week that began with an official's call that was so egregious it enraged a nation, ended the reign of replacement officials and triggered an eight-year labor agreement between the NFL and its regular officials. The Packers' week of "zebra" hell ended with the holding call that turned the tables on the Saints.


Aaron Rodgers threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter as the Packers bounced back from that controversial loss. Rodgers threw for 319 yards with four touchdowns and an interception for the 2-2 Packers. Drew Brees threw for 446 yards with three touchdowns for the winless 0-4 Saints.

"Very frustrating play," Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of what replay confirmed to be a fumble by Saints kick returner Darren Sproles, but which was canceled by "down by contact," as announced by Referee Jeff Triplette. "The call on the field was it was blown dead," McCarthy added.

Had that call gone the Packers' way, the home team might not have needed an assist from fate at crunch time.

There was also a McCarthy coach's challenge of a catch by Jimmy Graham. The replay showed the ball hitting the ground, but Triplette ruled that the catch would stand.

Green Bay travels to Indianapolis next Sunday.

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