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Packers escape with 24-15 win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 28, 2012 – 3:18 pm

The Green Bay Packers held on for a 24-15 win against a gritty Jacksonville Jaguars team on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

A 4-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Donald Driver was the eventual game-winner. It gave the Packers a 21-12 lead and capped a 52-yard touchdown drive that saved the day for a Packers offense that was at most other times ineffective, and allowed the Packers to escape with a win that wasn’t expected to be nearly as tight as it was.

The big play in the drive was a 31-yard pass over the middle to James Jones that carried to the Jaguars 4-yard line. Two plays later, Rodgers found Driver in the left-front corner of the end zone.

A 32-yard field goal by Josh Scobee cut the Packers’ lead to six points, but a three-and-out possession by the Packers offense gave the Jaguars the ball back at their 8-yard line with more than five minutes left to play.

The Jaguars quickly moved across midfield. On fourth-and-four, however, Blaine Gabbert threw incomplete, sealing the Jaguars’ fate. A pass-interference penalty against the Jaguars allowed Mason Crosby to boot a 28-yard field goal with 28 second to play in the game.

Jacksonville opened the scoring with a 38-yard field goal by Scobee that capped a 46-yard drive.

Rodgers countered with a 69-yard touchdown drive he capped with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb.

Midway through the second quarter, Davon House blocked a Bryan Anger punt. The ball was batted and rolled into the end zone, where rookie Dezman Moses fell on it for a touchdown. It marked the fifth big play by Packers special teams this season.

Jacksonville’s offense came to life in the final 2:35 of the first half. The Jaguars moved quickly from their 31-yard line, but the drive stalled at the Packers 4-yard line. Scobee was good from 22 yards.

On the Packers’ first play of their next drive, Rodgers was sacked and fumbled, and the Jaguars recovered at the Packers 13-yard line. Blaine Gabbert threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle eligible Guy Whimper. The two-point try failed.

Rodgers completed 22 of 35 passes for just 186 yards. Gabbert was 27 of 49 for 303 yards.

The Packers are 5-3 and will host Arizona next Sunday. The Jaguars slipped to 1-6.


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68 Responses to “Packers escape with 24-15 win”

  1. By nigeriaguest on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    adjoining rooms?

  2. By John on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Forget style points, a win is a win. The inactive list read like a Pro Bowl lineup today. That was an important victory.

  3. By obhtn3 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Another game with no running game and against a team that is rated last in defending the rush.

  4. By Marcie on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Good point, John. Good win with many out with injuries.

  5. By nigeriaguest on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’d let my dog gnaw on the carcass, who wouldn’t these days!

  6. By Jill on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’m with John and Marcie. Not pretty, but definitely a win despite all on our Injury list!

  7. By Cindy on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    considering all the injuries I am happy to see the Packers get the Win….need to get healthy

  8. By LAPackerOwner on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Come on guys, there’s something really not good with this team. They always seem to play down to the competition. Soemthing has to change or they’ll be spending the playoffs at home.

  9. By mark on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply


  10. By Rick on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    That’s three consecutive wins. I’ll take it.

  11. By tbhebert on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    we will take these wins any way we can. that the great part of the season we r finding different ways to win especially when it seems the injury list is climbing.hopefully in the next two weeks with the bye coming up we can get everybody back to 100% health.go pack go from a canadian shareholder

  12. By Bob on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Get healthy, we obviously need Nelson and Woodson on the field

  13. By Kyle Oliver on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    yes, a win is a win…and that was a painful win. can anyone answer me 1 question. why not give Cobb the ball more from the backfield? when we played him in the 49ers game at the back, or at least coming out of the back, he was so explosive…I like Green, but we need to mix up the backfield at least a little more…you dont have to be a mind reader to know exactly what green is going to do…

    playoffs…hmm. not today please.

  14. By Tsm on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Not too efficient, but it is a win and I’ll take it. Go Pack!

  15. By grant on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Love the pack but no offensive line a defense that is not consistent equals one and done in the playoffs. I hope they start to gel soon. Can’t blame this weeks poor play on injuries. Time to man up and gut check.

  16. By cindy sturm on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Funny how the “eventual game winnin touchdown” was to Donald Driver but there is no photo in the Gameday photo section. Just a concidence? I think not. More like an intentional slight. Amazing how Driver remains positive in the press unlike Finley and yet doesn’t seem to get any credit. And he is doing it after iving money back to the packers unlike Finley who scored a big contract. I guess if Thompson did not have a hand in your being on the team, you should accept the crumbs being tossed at you. Shameful!

  17. By jon on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I’m ok with the win. Look, the Bears have been making an entire season feeding off of non-playoff teams. I thing we get a chance to play a bottom tier team, not play our best, come up with a win and move on.

  18. By Jasmine on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Though a win is a win, this game was a terrible game to watch! I’m just glad our defense stepped it up today!!! Great job guys! Rookie Casey Heyward has really been showing me something lately especially with the amount of guys out, watch out Sam, lol! But anyway, this game was so terrible to watch because of the lack of running we had in the game. Alex Green getting 1-2 yrds. or no gain at all isn’t gonna cut it. How can we establish play action and other plays we always run, if we can’t run the ball first. We struggled today against the Jaguars! This can’t happen with teams like the Giants and the “so-called” hot Bears :-/ lol! We have the talent to beat everyone in the league yet we struggle scoring because we keep getting 1 and 2 yards on every run play and we JUST CAN’T CONTINUE doing that! We’ve been so good in the past because we were tough to defend running and passing. When one stops we become one-dimensional and start forcing things that aren’t there. Therefore, in the next few games we really need to step it up and work on that!!! GO PACK GO!

  19. By Tsm on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    And the Bears have not looked so sharp these past few weeks either, and what’s happened to the Vikings?

  20. By jon on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    McCarthy will play anyone to win. It doesn’t have to be “TT’s guy”. Finley got a short term contract because Thompson was not sold on him. Thompson only wants to win. No one told the photographers to not take pictures of Driver. That’s ridiculous.

  21. By rdschwalm on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    The worst performance of the year, and we can’t blame it on the injuries. They won’t make the play-offs with a non-existent running game, a mediocre defence and an O.C. who is incompetent, dull, and totrally predictable.
    Shamefull to be wasting the talents of Rodgers on this team. I wouldn’t blame him if he bolted when he becomes a free agent. I think there are a few teams who have a decent running game who might be interested in signing him.

  22. By Larry on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Better to win ugly than lose pretty. The O-line needs to pull their heads out or play some guys with a tougher attitude like EDT.

  23. By tlvincent on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Please,please,please Teddy make a trade for a real running back and take some pressure off of Rodgers, Steven Jackson would look good in green and gold even though he has serious mileage on him, that 3rd and 1 run where Green tackled himself sums it up.

  24. By cindy sturm on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    jon…get a clue. Finley is an overpaid bi mouthed ball dropping twit. Driver comes through almost every time he has a shot. If finley had his Driver’s determnation along with his own bi mouth, he iht become something other than a joke. Wake up!

  25. By tlvincent on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    that being said, the run blocking is very,very bad most of the time, I counted a handful of running plays where JaX had a completely free guy running downhill 3 yards into the backfield to blow up the running back, I don’t know if its just missed assignments or missed blocks but they don’t seem to be able to get any push or hat on hat type of looks for the RB.

  26. By Jasmine on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    With James Starks being back I wonder why he’s not getting playing time anymore.

  27. By thepack469 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Plain and simple the Packers need a new offensive coach and a new running backs coach. The Packers need to wake up and fire those two coaches are hire someone good like Joe Philbin again. What a dumb move letting him go. This team needs to do something quick or the Packers will be in hot water when the Packers starts playing actual good teams again.

  28. By cindy sturm on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    jon…you might want to check out the facts. Finley signed a 2 not 1 but 2 year contract for around $15,000,000. That’a a little more than Driver’s contract. So if you don’t know all the facts, you might want to find out the facts first. Driver is still fast, in incredible shape and would be a starter on any other team. Get ur facts straight please.

  29. By KK on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is a weak team and they are nowhere near good enough to compete with the elite teams of the league. No running game, suspect QB protection, inconsistent defense, and apparently poor coaching. With the individual talent this team has they should be blowing teams like Jax, Indy, Rams, etc, off of the field. Not happening because defenses have figured out how to defend against a one dimensional team and our “superstars” are too busy making damn commercials instead of watching film and preparing for the damn game. If they make the playoffs, it will be one embarrasing loss and done. Changes need to be made!!

  30. By john on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta be better, this team makes too many drops until that stops winning will be harder. and to struggle like we did running when they have not stopped it this year lot of work needs to be done.

  31. By smokin1256 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    No offensive line what so ever!!!! Played like they were in a daze.Iam not going to use injuries as an excuse!!! Glad special team showed up today!!!

  32. By Adam Sorenson on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    A win is a win but….. They had very low effort today. A lot of penalties and no killer instinct. That offense should not be completely dependent on two wide receivers. Especially since it is unlikely that Jennings will be there next year anyway. Whats the plan then? Blame it on the loss of Jennings next year too? And the running game is pathetic. They need to do whatever it takes to get that thing going.

  33. By nigeriaguest on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    St Peters angel is spinning in its grave!

  34. By Eric on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Wow!! So much negativetly you would think this was a loss. Yeah we didn’t play well, but what matters is that we won!!! People are saying now that we won’t make the playoffs because we sruggled in this game?? I’m sorry, but we can’t just blow every team away every week. To expect that is foolish, even if it is against a bad team. Have faith, this is the Green Bay Packers. Its not like we’re Browns. Good teams find was to win even if they don’t play their best. The Pack showed this today. GO PACK GO!!!

  35. By Tyler on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Cindy, you should make sure you know what you’re talking about before you tell people to “check their facts”. Finley signed a 2 year contract, but is only getting paid $5.75 million this year. After this year, the Packers have an option to get out of the contract if he is not performing to the desired level (which he isn’t). If he gets it together he will make 8.25 million next year, which brings the total to $14 million.

  36. By Mr Koolaid on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Pack wins but did they really win? This is at best a 500 hundred team, and always will be under TT and MM. Forget the super bowl win and 15-1 season, both anolamies from luck. This team has looked sluggish in every facet of the game for the last seven years under this regime. A real owner would notice quite easily that the O/L is always terrible, there has never been a real running back, a defense that will get gashed at will, play calling from a High School playbook (both on offense and defense) and worst of all, a backyard kicker who can’t kick straight and has no business being in the NFL. Other than that, let’s march on and get eliminated in due course. Great defenses or offenses will punish this team period. I assume another 7 drafts will fix these problems?

  37. By Rick on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    You need a new hobby, Mr. Koolaid.

  38. By cindy sturm on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply


    check the link Tyler. And then think about the fact that Rodgers makes $7.25m per year. Then think again about who’s worth the $7m + per year. Really???

  39. By Rocketto, Italy on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    I look the glass half full, 5-3 despite a lot of injured players and some unfortunate episodes, defense seems to be more effective than last season, overall new ones are doing rather well, now let’s hope that those out of action get well soon.

  40. By Tyler on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Whenever I read posts like that one from Mr. Koolaid I can’t help but laugh. Somewhere, a lonely person is sitting in a room, constantly refreshing their internet page and thinking, “Please, somebody acknowledge the nonsense I wrote so that I can special”. Enjoy your refreshing, sir.

  41. By naplespacker1 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Ok after I took the needles out of my eyes.. I think today was better than a pack blowout.. keeps them humble.. hungry.. and look for a Running back before trade deadline.. not sure draft pic’s going to valuable with no real openings on roster EXCEPT BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-))))

  42. By Bill on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    As it is said in bowling, a strike is a strike no matter how sloppy it is.

  43. By phillygbfan on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    rdschwalm;KK;Mr Koolaid…sure can sniff out the trolls or possibly the smelly flatlander responses! Don’t bother to pretend you are Packer fans…if you are, we don’t need ya! Otherwise, return to your home team blogs and they will appreciate you…

  44. By Tyler on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Check this link that actually has the contract details, Cindy. And Rodgers is operating on a contract that was signed before he ever won a Superbowl or MVP. He will soon have one similar to Drew Brees’ 5-year $100 million contract. That works out to a lot more than the 5.75 mil Finley is getting. Like I said, make sure you know what you’re talking about.

  45. By Tyler on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply


  46. By KK on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Longtime Packer fan phillygbfan,,,just a realist and not falling for the injury excuse and the everything is just fine response,,,there are serious issues with this team and all of you “real fans” need to wake up and recognize there are some flaws with this team

  47. By Maxgr8 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    We won the game… Yes, we are significantly injured. Injuries count people. This team will win the division.

  48. By Rick on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Get enough wins to get in and if you are hot when it matters most, you can win it all.

  49. By mark on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply


  50. By Maxgr8 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, if you take out the Top 2 receivers for Atlanta and their top corner and 3 linebackers, will they be 7-0? When you take out Ray Lewis out of the Ravens and Suggs, are they as good? When you take out B Marshal, C Johnson, from their respective teams; I bet you they will look horrible. We are on our 3 rd RB, most teams can’t survive without their number 1 RB ( Bears – forte). People we won with our second string talent at WR and RB… What don’t you get about that? The fact is that our 2nd string WR could start on any team; that’s a luxury. This team is deeeeeeeeeep; look at the tape.

  51. By Scott 1956 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    This Offensive line just cannot block. They couldn’t run the ball against one of the worst run defenses. And they made the WORST QUARTERBACK in the NFL look like Johnny Unitas! They’ll say it was a bad game, but that’s lame. When you have the worst team in football at home, you’re suppose to drill them, not keep them in the game the whole way.

  52. By Kendall on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Is the Packers/Arizona game 11/4/12 scheduled for national television? Thanks

  53. By Rick on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Scott, Johnny Unitas got one lonely touchdown. House and Hayward are very inexperienced players and are only going to get better.

  54. By Brett on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    People, get off the damn bridge. Its hard to win in this league, period. Your team won, yet half of you are freaking out cause they didn’t win 45-7. Settle down. They had 4 pro bowlers on the inactive list.

    And Cindy Sturm is a moron. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who likes Finley over Driver. Get over yourself. But your belief that the Packers are conspiring to slight Driver is preposterous.

  55. By Rick on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    If they had wanted to slight Driver, he would have been playing for the Jags this afternoon. He’s 37 years old and will be used sparingly. He still may have the best hands on the team in cold weather and that is when you need him. He won’t be much help if he gets injured.

  56. By Roccosam on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Relax folks, they won, an ugly win yes, but it still counts. Lets not forget the win that was stolen by the refs, we should be 6-2

  57. By PackFanMN on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you Eric. Good too see there are some REAL Packers fans on this site. Not just ones that sit there and knit pick at every single flaw of our team, even when we win. Yes this was not pretty, but come on people, these guys are professionals. To call into question some of the things that have been on here make me embarrassed to be a fan. Some of you talk like you think you can do a better job of coaching than Mike McCarthy, a better job of running the team than Ted Thompson, and a better job playing than the Packers players. HA I would love to see you try!
    Have some more faith in your team.

  58. By JT Lee on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Good teams will find a way to win and the Packers did. MM needs to mix up his play calling, I’m tired of the 1st down running play for 2 yards. I’ll take a win over Arizona and a well deserved week off to get healthy.

  59. By Scott 1956 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    They aren’t going anywhere, unless the O-Line learns how to block. When we were playing good defenses, the excuse was, that these were really good defenses. Now we play one of the worst teams in the league, give up 2 more sacks and gain 50 yards rushing, and the same people come up with different excuses. It’s the O-Line that will determine how far this team goes. That and keeping Capers from calling that soft zone.

  60. By Scott 1956 on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Rick, Gabbert was 27 of 39 for 303 Yards! For the lowest ranked QB in the league, that’s way, way to much!

  61. By MontanaPackfan on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Remember two years ago when we won the SB; a lot of injuries that year too…..16 if I am not mistaken. We didn’t have a great record that year and we won a few games ugly. MM still believes in plug-n-play to cover injuries just like he did the year we won the SB. MM knows you can’t worry about the things you cannot control…injuries will happen but champions rise to all challenges.

    Today’s game was definitely frustrating on a number of levels but the defense and special teams helped a limping offense outlast a hungry 1-5 team. Every team we play wants to beat the Pack because we are regarded highly across the league as one of the NFL elite. All our opponents play us tough regardless of their record. On any given Sunday a team with enough will can beat any opponent even if they have not won a game all year and they face a juggernaut…upsets happen in all sports.

    It is easy to criticize from our couches yet another thing to operate and run a successful program. As fans we have high expectations but the reality is…the NFL is a tough business every day from practice to game day. I wish I were perfect at every thing I do at work and play too…

    Roll on Green Roll on

  62. By phillygbfan on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    KK: I AM a realist…there are plenty of things to be concerned about but this isn’t my life…just a game that I really enjoy and a team that I really love! I just don’t believe in acting like ‘chicken little’ whenever the Packers win but don’t blow a team out of the water… we are 5/3 and THAT’s the reality.

  63. By Gregory on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Every season brings a different team. And this team has thus far shown us what it is capable of, good and bad.

    Lack of consistency is seems to be the primary identity of this team thus far. Whether it be playing a complete game (offense, defense, special teams), playing all four quarters or playing at all. We have seen them do it all.

    Hopefully the coaches can get the players attention this week and put together a game plan they can execute. It would be nice to go into the bye week on a high note.

    But then again, this team doesn’t seem to handle success all that well. They play better from behind.

  64. By joeybugs on Oct 28, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, Montanapackfan, I agree with your perspective. I’ve bled green&gold since the sixties – rooted for some pretty crappy teams in the ’70s and ’80s and God knows how much I appreciate this organization’s consistent success the past 20 years. But you know what? we’re fans and are allowed to voice opinions. To us, it’s an entertainment business. I love the Pack, but let’s face it: they don’t pay our bills. The $ these guys make set them up for the rest of their lives (if they’re smart).Me, personally, I can retire when I’m ready to take the dirt-nap while these guys are laughing all the way to the bank. If fans want to be couch GMs, coaches, ect., the’re allowed; and they’re also allowed to criticize. I don’t believe they care about fans’ criticisms; and if they do, all they should do is look at their bank accounts/life savings. Pretty sure it’s much bigger than that of the average “Joe”. Much, much bigger. Hard to feel sorry for them.

  65. By rdschwalm on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    I guess some of us aren’t considered REAL Packers fans because we don’t have the thoughtful insights like, “Go Pack GO!”
    How naive. Too bad most Packers fans can’t be objective in their assessments of the game or the performance of their team in all but one game this year.
    Too bad I forget what these so-called fans said after the Giants humiliated them last year at Lambeau Field!!!
    Oh yes, they said “Go Pack Go…..next year” We will soon be hearing that rallying cry this year.

  66. By Big Cheese on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    Certainly ugly, but it’s a Win. I wish Starks would get more chances to touch the ball. I know he dropped an easy pass yesterday, but give him some work and see what happens. The Pack’s running game is hurting, six defenders in the box on nearly every play shows a lack of respect for the Packers’ ability to run the ball, which we all knows opens the game up for Rodgers. Defense did a good job…Go Pack Go….

  67. By Gazza on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    to win ugly is still a win!! well done boys keep up the good work

  68. By Titus on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    I agree good work but they need to do something about there run game.

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