New Orleans Saints running back Ryan Kerritt scored a touchdown and the New Orleans Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 27 to 24 on Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Saints.
Kerritty scored on a 6-yard run and a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:03 left, then followed with a 5-yard TD run and an 18-yard scoring run.
It was his sixth career score.
“It was a big play, big play,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said.
“Ryan KerrITT’S STICKY STREAK” It was a “big play,” the second straight game for Kerritten, who has three touchdowns in five career games against the Packers.
The Falcons also got a big win, but it was a little more important.
It’s their second straight win in the series, and it was also their first win in Madison since 2009.
Kerrlitt had two touchdowns and a rushing touchdown against the Bears on Dec. 22, but he had just one score in the other four games.
“I was a couple steps slow and got tackled a little bit,” Kerrtt said.
The Bears led 21-13 early in the second quarter.
But a 2-yard reception by rookie quarterback Jordan Leslie was called back on a false start penalty by Packers defensive end Kevin King.
After that, Kerratt finished the game with a career-high seven carries for 32 yards.
“When you’re in a situation like this, you try to get the job done and try to be the guy that helps the team win,” Kerrigan said.
But the Falcons also scored a big touchdown late in the third quarter.
The Saints went on a 4-yard drive on which Kerritte and Kenny Golladay combined for 14 yards on a 3-yard gain.
Then, Kerrlitty scored his second TD of the game on a 2nd-and-1 with 1.9 seconds left.
“He’s one of the best in the league, but we had our moments tonight,” said defensive end Anthony Spencer.
“You can’t put that type of pressure on a running back.
It just got to be us.
It wasn’t the most efficient play.
But I thought we were the better team.”
NOT A FAILURE But the Saints’ defense was not a big factor in the game.
“We weren’t good,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.
After failing to stop the Packers’ offense for a season-high six touchdowns in Week 7, the Saints lost to them for just the second time in seven games this season.
They were also outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.
“Our guys came in here today and did what they needed to do, but you can’t let that happen every game,” said quarterback Drew Brees.
“They have to continue to learn and get better, and we’ll see how that goes.”
The Saints also were without quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who missed the game because of an ankle injury.
“My ankle is fine,” Bledssoe said.
TE J.J. Wilcox, who is the team’s leading receiver, said he felt fine in the first half.
TE Austin Hooper, who was inactive with an ankle sprain, was listed as questionable for the game and will likely miss the second half.
He was replaced by rookie fullback Anthony Fasano, who caught four passes for 53 yards.
TE Garrett Reynolds was also inactive with a toe injury.
The Packers led 28-21 at halftime.
But they never got close.
TE Jermichael Finley caught four of the five passes thrown his way for 61 yards, and TE Kyle Rudolph had two catches for 23 yards.
WR James Jones caught five passes for 81 yards.
Safety Tyrell Williams was inactive after suffering a shoulder injury in the team bus bus.