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Photos from the Green Bay Packers win over the New Orleans Saints.

The Green Bay Packers kicked off the 2011 season in a big way with a 42-35 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night September 8, 2011, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Here are some of my favorite photos that I took during the game.  Please check out my previous blog post for photos from the Back To Football concert.  It was a great day for the Packers, the city of the Green Bay and to be a photographer covering the reigning Super Bowl Champions.  I was very happy in the way I was able to tell the story of the day.

Thanks for looking!

Mike

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy joke around before the game.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy joke around before the game.

Former Green Bay Packers' quarterback Bart Starr holds the Packers flag as he and other past NFL stars hold team flags during team introductions.

Former Green Bay Packers Chris Gizzi runs the American flag on to Lambeau Field prior to the game like he did 10 years ago at the first NFL Monday night game after 911.

Green Bay Packers cheerleaders lead the team out on to Lambeau Field.

Jordin Sparks sings the national anthem.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gets sacked by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Casillas and defensive end Turk McBride.

Green Bay Packers defensive back Nick Collins knocks the ball out of the grasp of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston causing a fumble.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews pressures New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings tries to elude New Orleans Saints defensive back Roman Harper.

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks dives into the endzone for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints defensive back Roman Harper tries to stop him.

Green Bay Packers defensive back Sam Shields breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb on his way to a 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a a tie for an NFL record.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb on his way to a 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a a tie for an NFL record.

Green Bay Packers Randall Cobb does a Lambeau leap after scoring a touchdown on a 108 yard kickoff return.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews pressures New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop celebrates a defensive stop.

New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver recovers an onside kick in the final minutes of the Packers win over the Saints.

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk breaks up a pass to New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles in the endzone, but gets called for pass interference.

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk argues his pass interference call.

The Green Bay Packers defense stops New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram inches short of the endzone to win the NFL season opener at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin 42-34.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talk after the Packers defeated the Saints 42-34.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is congratulated by Packers cheerleaders as he and Randall Cobb run off the field.

  • Sister Anne Turba - Mike – the photos are AWESOME!! You really captured the highlights. I can’t even tell you which is my favorite… unbelievably stunning pictures! I really like how you are able to capture the facial expressions on the players. I have sent a link to your blog to other Sister fans!

  • admin - Thanks Anne and thanks for passing on the link to more Sister fans.

  • Sister Myra Jean - Mike, it was great fun looking at your photos this morning. They brought the entire game back to life. Looking forward to the game this afternoon. Go Pack!!

  • Sister Mary Frances Maher - I agree with Sister Anne, Mike! Your pictures are really great.
    You make it feel like we’re in the middle of it all. I especially like the one of Aaron passing and Jordy on the receiving end…pretty neat.