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Rodgers, offense back on track, 21-14

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on September 30, 2012 – 4:51 pm

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense turned in a breakout performance in the first half of Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field against the New Orleans Saints. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and the Packers held a 21-14 lead at halftime.

Rodgers marched the Packers 62 yards in seven plays on the Packers’ second possession of the game. The big plays in the drive were passes of 15 and 18 yards to wide receiver Jordy Nelson. From the Saints 12 yard line, Rodgers scrambled away from the rush and to his left, stumbled and then righted himself to throw against his body and to wide receiver James Jones for the game’s first score.

New Orleans retaliated with a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Drew Brees tied Johnny Unitas’ consecutive-games touchdown-pass record (47) with a 20-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Marques Colston. It appeared Colston pushed off in the end zone to make the grab, but a penalty flag was not thrown on the play.

Tied at 7-7, Rodgers roared back with a ball-control, 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. The big play in the drive was a 20-yard completion to tight end Jermichael Finley, who broke a tackle after making the catch. Following completions of eight yards to Finley and nine yards to Greg Jennings, Rodgers found Jennings in the middle of the end zone for nine yards and a touchdown.

The Packers’ third scoring drive, 92 yards, was kick-started by a John Kuhn fake-punt run on fourth down deep in Packers territory, a gutsy call by Coach Mike McCarthy. Rodgers and the offense came back onto the field and moved steadily down the field. On third and five from the Saints 14, Rodgers flipped a touchdown pass to Jones, who made an easy grab over the middle with 4:50 to play in the half.

The Saints did a good job of cutting the deficit and expiring what was left of the first-half clock, by executing a 65-yard touchdown drive. Brees used all of his weapons and the field in the drive. From the six-yard line, Brees threw in the left flat to Darren Sproles, who covered the remaining few yards to cut the Packers’ lead to 21-14.

Rodgers’ offensive line provided ample time for him to throw. On the touchdown pass to Jennings, Rodgers arm-pumped several times and looked right and left before finding Jennings open.

Running back Cedric Benson rushed 11 times for 51 yards, and the Packers achieved the kind of run-pass balance in the first half that helped them rally in the second half in Seattle.

The Saints are to receive the second-half kickoff.


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31 Responses to “Rodgers, offense back on track, 21-14”

  1. By vikingsfool on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings, 3-1
    Beat two of the best teams in the league.
    Packers, 1-2, Lost to a team the Vikings beat, and lost to the SeaChickens…and will prob. lose to the Aints.
    Does not get much better in Purple Land….

  2. By my68mt on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Get rid of Dom capers and the 3-4 Defense please!

  3. By Packersblow on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    What a day!!!
    My Vikings are atop of the division
    Aaron Rodgers is crying over a an ouwie on his eye
    And did i mention that my Vikings are atop the division???

  4. By Mike Heffernan on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    This defense is horrible! I don’t want to hear about miscommunications again either. Enough is enough. You don’t see guys this wide open play after play with any other defense. Hate to say it, but I think that the NFL has passed Capers by. He hasn’t made the adjustments to accommodate the personnel he has. And let’s face it. The personnel just isn’t that great to begin with.

  5. By Scott on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Ah…kool aide drinkers…our defense still sucks…and I play better NFL QB then Gram the fumbler Harrell….kiss playoffs good bye and say hello to 1-3 and then the schedule gets real hard….lucky to go 8-8


  6. By Scott on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Dump the 3-4 and capers.


  7. By Wesley on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Wtf is with capers? Zone defense sucks

  8. By KDUBBS on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    This Team is a joke today.

  9. By zeek67 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    the defense has sucked for 2 yrs. i wonder how much longer the management is going to put up with the stupidity.

  10. By DaGunz on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Fire the Def Coord.
    Get a whole new Def. Except the Linebacker.. Any top 10 High School team can score on these guys.
    Jennings is soft, get rid of him.

    8 & 8 will be a sucessful season

  11. By DaGunz on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    I concur

  12. By Scott on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG 8-8 looks so distant right now

  13. By DaGunz on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    This is just a horrible team. Time to rebuild

  14. By zeek67 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    well it looks like the offense has 4 flat tires in the second half.

  15. By Scott on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    The rebuilding ship sailed in June.

  16. By zeek67 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    looks like 6 and 10 is a very realistic season this year.

  17. By hugdi2 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    That play just shows why the Packers should have let Graham Harrell go! There is no way that he can lead the Packers if Rodgers ever goes out of the game injured. A sure touchdown turns into a fumble/turnover and the entire momentum of the game shifts to the Saints with a touchdown score. Now we get the ball back and Rodgers throws an interception and the Packers are now at risk of starting off the season at 1-3 which is a massive hole to come back from in our division.

  18. By hugdi2 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    What is with the defense? Why aren’t they playing man-to-man instead of zone? Packers might make stops on downs 1 and 2 but leave everything wide open on 3rd down. This is looking way too much like last year’s defense. Dom Capers needs to go!

  19. By hugdi2 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    There goes the referees taking over the game again to screw the Packers!

  20. By chen on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply


  21. By hugdi2 on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Got lucky there! Pack holds on for the win!

  22. By chen on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    @hugdi2, lucky? Yea Saints got lucky.

  23. By Jesse B on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    …and I thought we got rid of the replacement refs.

  24. By Clint on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Ref’s evened this game out. Capers is doing what he can…as a coach, I say good effort Dom! These guys just need to focus…why is there no outcry against the offensive coaches??? We held them to 21-7 for most of the first half. Stop blaming the coaches and look at the EFFORT! Second half was a referee’s game…

  25. By Jon on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Defense has played extremely well the previous two games. The Saints had 10 points off turnovers so that puts extra pressure on the defense as well. Anybody that says fire Capers is an idiot. You need talent to work with and when you have guys like Sam Shields that can’t cover anybody, it makes things difficult. Plus holding the Saints to 27 points isn’t so terrible. If the Seahawks had put up 27, I’d be a little worried.

  26. By Ryan on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, our defense isn’t great, but it’s what they have right now, and the weapons are there. Charles Woodson, Clay, Raji even, you guys forget about A.J.? Have faith, and know if our defense can’t do it, our offense can. We’re ranked 7th in defense right now, and what about that Bears game, huh? Chill out, seriously.

  27. By Dan on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Sooo…..8-8 season r u krazy we beat the bears got cheated and beat the saints and our next three games are colts texans and jaguars plz get real

  28. By rdschwalm on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Capers has to go! How much longer will they keep blaming the personnel and “communication issues”? He is the nmost creative guy in the league at making excuses. Watching this defence for an entire game is excruciating. Thank God for Matthews. I guess Capers made him good, didn’t he.

  29. By pack4life on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    first off, dom capers is a defensive genius, without him super bowl 45 never happens. how can you say he has to go when you take into consideration what our defense did that year with as many injuries as we had? he made our defense what it was and what it is today. i agree last game we didnt play well but the last 2 games before that we played outstanding defensive football when our offense was struggling. and even in the saints game we made some critical stops that saved our season and won us that game. we have 4 rookie players on that defense, by the midway point in the season the defense will be firing on all cylinders and in the top ten in the league.

  30. By but,seriously! on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    We’ve seen the good and bad of a draft and develop defense. Last week the rookies played great. This week, the 3rd and long zones hurt with vets like Sam (speed >instincts) Shields.

    Hey! we had a goal line stand!. We Won the game!. All we need is some turnovers. Fire negativity, not Capers. but,seriously!

  31. By Nitschke 66 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    The devil was walking around hell one day and out of the deepest part of hell he saw two vikings, singing songs, drinking beer, having a great time.
    The devil inquired, “who are you guys”.
    “Vell, ve are vikings sent to hell for pillaging, murder, you name it, ve did it. Geez!, its sooo nice down here. sooo warm. If ve vould have known it vas dis nice, ve vould have kilt ourselves 20 years ago”. “Hoy, Hoy, Hoy”.

    Upset that anyone would find hell a nice place, the devil with a reputation to uphold, walked up to the thermostat in hell and turned it full tilt, satisfied that this screaming heat would make miserable the idiot vikings, he instead found these guys more jubilant than before. Singing songs, drinking beer. ” Dis is soooo nice, even nicer zen yesterday”, “Hoy Hoy Hoy”. The vikings said.

    Now really ticked off the devil decides to turn the thermostat the other way causing the air conditioning to start, ice to form, lakes to freeze. Hearing all the souls in such misery, the devil ran to the deepest part of hell to find the idiot vikings partying harder than the two previous days.

    “What the hells going on down there?”, asks the devil.

    “Vell, ve are sooo happy Mr devil, that hell is frozen over, zis can mean one thing, and one thing only!. The vikings won the Super Bowl, Hoy, Hoy, Hoy!”.

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