The Green Bay Packers used a dramatic goal-line stand on the final play to beat the New Orleans Saints 42-34.  There were plenty of fireworks and big numbers by Super Bowl MVPs in the season opener.

The NFL is back in a big way.  The NFL season began on Thursday night with a battle of the past two Super Bowl champions.  Clay Matthews and a host of Packer defenders were able to stuff Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram on the 1-yard line to end the game.  A pass interference call on AJ Hawk in the end zone as time expired set the Saints up at the Packers 1-yard line.  The Packers were able to stuff the Saints on an untimed final play.

The past two Super Bowl MVPs didn't disappoint.  Aaron Rodgers completed 27-of-35 for 312 yards and 3 TDs.  Drew Brees wasn't too shabby either.  His stat line read like this: 32-49, 419 yards, 3 TD.  419 yards?  My goodness.

Packers receiver Greg Jennings had 7 receptions for 89 yards and a TD.  Darren Sproles only had 2 rushes for 7 yards, but was electric on special teams.  The running back returned a punt for a touchdown and routinely set up the Saints in good field position.  Randall Cobb, a 2nd-round rookie receiver from Kentucky, had 2 receptions for 35 yards and a TD.  He also returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown.

The Saints host the Chicago Bears next week while the Packers are at the Carolina Panthers.