Lynn Dickey threw touchdown passes of 33 and five yards to Paul Coffman and Al Del Greco kicked three field goals today to give the Green Bay Packers a 23-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
"When they've got four guys convering (James) Lofton and three guys covering (John) Jefferson, that leaves me wide open," Coffman exaggerated, as the two fleet wide receivers listened in on his postgame remarks.
The triumph gave Green Bay (3-7) its first back-to-back victories of the season while the loss further dimmed the playoff chances of New Orleans (4-6).
The Saints scored on a one-yard run by halfback Wayne Wilson and field goals of 35 and 46 yards by Morten Andersen, but were unable to sustain an effective offense against the Packers.
Quarterback Richard Todd completed 18 of 32 passes for the Saints, but for only 163 yards. The Saints' top rusher, Hokie Gajan, accounted for only 54 yards.
Dickey completed 15 of 28 passes for 173 yards. Gerry Ellis had 86 yards on 10 carries and Eddie Lee Ivery added 78 yards on 16 rushes for the Packers.
Safety Tom Flynn, who intercepted three passes a week ago against Detroit, had an interception and a fumble recovery for Green Bay.