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Packers lead at halftime, 21-3

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 7, 2012 – 1:40 pm

INDIANAPOLIS–The Packers hold a 21-3 lead at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the result of an aggressive offense and a hard-hitting defense.

Aaron Rodgers capped the scoring with a dazzling 31-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on a third-and-six play with about four-and-a-half minutes to play in the half. Rodgers also threw a six-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the second quarter, after John Kuhn opened the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Rodgers completed 11 of 17 passes for 122 yards and no interceptions. He completed passes to seven different receivers.

Defensively, the Packers stood firm on three downs from their 6-yard line to force a field goal that was the Colts’ only score of the half. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck completed 16 of 26 passes for 174 yards.

An early turning point in the game occurred when the defense stopped Luck for no gain on a fourth-and-one play near midfield. The Packers immediately responded with a touchdown drive.

Cedric Benson and B.J. Raji each had to leave the game with foot injuries.

Defensive end Mike Neal, in his first action of the season, registered one of the Packers’ four sacks. Rookie Nick Perry had a crushing sack of Luck nullified by helmet-to-helmet contact.

Posted in Packers.com Blog | 39 Comments »

39 Responses to “Packers lead at halftime, 21-3”

  1. By Andy on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    “Nullified by helmet-to-helmet contact”? Garbage. Perry had his helmet directly in Luck’s chest. No plastic-to-plastic hit at all. Bad call.

  2. By CJ on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    I hate the protecting the quarterback/players calls. They are wrong 75% of the time and take away from the game. Someone should be held accountable for these terrible calls.

  3. By Justin Mansfield on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    YEAH,Lets go Packers, keep up the good work. Lets keep winning, so we can go to the super bowl and win it. GO PACK GO.

  4. By Adrienne on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    GO PACK GO!!!! Living in Virginia now but still rooting for yeah!!!

  5. By Misti on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    I have always loved the Packers.. Lets rock N Roll all the way to the Super Bowl….

  6. By sonny113006 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry but the Packers really are pathetic. Quit making excuse’s, THEY BLOW!!!!!

  7. By sonny113006 on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    I love my Packers but this is the worse team in NFL last year. Defense’s have totally figured M.M. offense out and he CAN”T adapt! How many times are you going to run to Newhouses side and lose yardage before you stop!

  8. By frunobulax on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Worst Team in NFL hands down. Hello 4 & 12

  9. By Paul Romanelli on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    On both sides of the ball we are PATHETIC!

  10. By Tone on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone who knows football, realizes you must get in a rookie QB’s face. Pack left middle open the entire 2nd half. Game has moved on from Capers…also winning by 18 and come out throwing in the 2nd half makes no sense. Pack’s mental prep for this game was obvious…very little. Got what they deserved…

  11. By Matt on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    They will find a way to blow it.

  12. By carter Wilkinson on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Alright, seriously Dom Capers really is not that great of a D coordinator. Look what just happened, last year terrible D, even in 2010 our D gave up so many big plays. There are my points if you disagree please make good points. Sure we get a lot of take aways and int but we don’t stop anyone.

  13. By billfromc'ville on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    No receiver should get over 200 yards against this defense. There is a serious problem here and the coaches had better get it fixed or the season is over.

  14. By Cali on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Worst team in the nfl? Browns fans might get offended by that comment. I do know something is defenetly broken. 27 unanswered points by indy is unacceptable. I’m not sayin’ capers needs to go now, but he needs to fix this mess or he won’t be here much longer. Keep your heads up Packer fans, there’s still plenty of football left. GO PACK GO!!!!!

  15. By CK Kendall on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    After selling thousands of shares of worthless stock to the fans, and this is what they get? What a shame. Take that money and buy some offense.

  16. By Ben Janczewski on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    how many poor defensive outings does it take to put a packers defensive coordinator on the hot seat?
    The talent is not the issue, the poor scheme, tackling, and game planning are.

  17. By L Long on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    If McCarthy isn’t willing to fire the defensive co-ord than maybe it’s time for McCarthy to go. You can’t play a prevent on every 3rd and long and expect to win. Last years loss to the Giants proved that. History has proven that the prevent defense does not work, period. To allow a rookie q-back to beat you without blitzing at all in the 2nd half is absurd. Time for a change.

  18. By george pack on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Terrible coaching again and for how many years now…now with rogers head to big for his helmet….i would take no. 4 over 12 anyday….4 always went down swinging with passion…..something mcCheessee and rogers have NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. By george pack on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Time to FIRE McCheesse!!!!and who in the hell is coaching rogers BIG head? NO ONE!!!! Diva’s

  20. By Tim on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    I am more upset with the poor offense this year. I honestly think it’s the play calling or design. Something has to be keeping the receivers from getting open and Rodgers holding on to the ball.

  21. By Tone on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Miss the fire and emotion that #4 had. Other than Matthews, this team is flat. Leaders need to step up and gut checks across the board. This team is isn’t good enough to just ” show up”…

  22. By but,seriously!y on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Reggie Wayne alone had 212 yards with a rookie QB.
    Heard McCarthy blaming lack of fundamentals. AGAIN!, we’re hearing this about fundamentals. Trying to finish sentence…….. lack f nd m t ls with vowels. but,seriously!

  23. By TimthePackerFan on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever Veteran leadership the Packers have they apparently can’t communicate to the other players how to stay focused and keep playing hard for a full game. If I was Rodgers I wouldn’t worry about what it looks like yelling at somebody because somebody on this teams need to stay doing a lot of yelling or this type of lack of focus is going to continue!!!

  24. By Cali on Oct 7, 2012 | Reply

    Boy, have a rough start and now the coach needs to go and Rodgers is a diva? If this team was 5-0 McCarthy would be coach of the year and Rodgers would be god. If you’re a real fan, take the good with the bad. Now it’s a witch hunt. Shut up. If you can’t deal with it, you could always be a bears fan. GO PACK GO!!!!

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  28. By Cali on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    You can tell who’s a real fan. Real fans take the good with the bad, not whine and moan about how the QB’s burned out and the coachs all need to be fired. Rodgers is still the best and this team will get better. Maybe not as soon as everyone wants, but it will happen.I love this team and stand by OUR QB and Coach. Nuff said. GO PACK GO!!!

  29. By Randy on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, If I was A Packers fan I would be very pissed off and embarrassed by some of these negative comments about your team by some of your hard core fans. The Colts are actually not to bad, and their veteran players simply ignited a huge emotional spark under their asses.

  30. By TheDitka on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    Lol…..the Pack still sucks!!

  31. By TheDitka on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers are a bunch of fatheads that think all they have to do is show up

  32. By maulie on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    I wont spend any more money on this team ..The coaches suck and the refs suck. selling my tickets for the rest of season.

  33. By L Long on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta love the Polyannas. What the heck does “If they were 5-0″ have to do with anything? They aren’t. Get out of your dream world and deal with the real one, the Packers are 2-3 and they are 2-3 because of their defensive scheme. While the offense isn’t setting any records it is playing well enough, and scoring enough points, to win. But for a supposedly higher echelon team to allow a rookie q-back to march down the field at the end of the game and beat you is inexcusable. And for you Polyannas with the “they’ll get better”, my question is, “Based on what?”. Rather than improving, they’ve been getting steadily worse on defense for 3 years now. Some of it is the talent but most of it is the scheme. Dom Capers calls a 3 man rush more than any coach in the NFL and if anybody here believes the “prevent” defense works I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’ll sell you.

    By the way, on that horrible call in the Monday night game, watch the video the next time it’s on ESPN and count the rushers for the GB defense. Yep, 3 rushers, which is what allowed that pass to be thrown in the first place. The top ranked defenses don’t do that, they don’t hand the other team an opportunity to win the game, the good teams go after the q-back, but not Capers.

  34. By detrenko on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    No excuses. Just not playing good football now. Too many mistakes, costly penalties BAD CALLS BY REFS,lack of focus. GB should have walked over the colts. The fact that we dominated 21-3 and let them beat us is embarrassing and shows a lack of intensity. It might be time to get rid of Crosby. FG’s in a dome is like putting on a carpet. What the heck happened?!!! We may need another Off Coordinator too. Things aren’t the same since Philbin left. Miami now has GB’s old offense!

  35. By Cali on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    I’m tryin’ to stay optamistic d head. I thought as a fan you would too, instead of crushing what hope we have. I know they’re not 5-0 stupid, and if this was a dream land, i’d be rich, the Pack would have won every Superbowl, and you wouldn’t have been born. I live in the real world though, and I can except the losing record. I know Capers’ schemes don’t work, but the talent is there. I want to see them get another Superbowl win, but I can except the fact that it probably won’t happen this year. Now, if you want to call someone out, try the whining backstabbering fans on this site. Finally, stop with the Farve talk. GO PACK GO!!!!

  36. By L Long on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    Learn to spell before you start calling other people stupid.

  37. By 13&counting! on Oct 8, 2012 | Reply

    How the Pack responds against the Texans will be THE test to salvage this season. This is a MUST win game. Championship teams differ from other teams because they rise above adversity, and win.
    The Packers need to win their one on one battles on both sides of the ball.
    The coaches and players need to stop feeding the fans the same worn out company lines after an embarrassing loss as this is. How were going to this…. and we have to that…….
    Lombardi made it clear. “You players are here for one reason. To WIN a Championship”.
    No more talking of what has to be. Shut up and Do it!

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  39. By TheDitka on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    Better luck next year Cheesedicks…….this years a bust. Benson out for 8 weeks? As if that offense wasnt one dimensional already…..Same sorry defense….BLOW! PACK! BLOW!!

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