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Packers beat Browns, 31-13; Jermichael Finley injured

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 20, 2013 – 6:37 pm

131020-q4-in-game-updates-600GREEN BAY–The Packers defense stopped the Cleveland Browns on downs and the Packers offense sealed the deal with a game-clinching touchdown drive in a 24-13 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday. The win moved the Packers into first place in the NFC North.

The big play in the touchdown drive was a 39-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jarrett Boykin. It carried to the 2-yard line, from where Rodgers flipped a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. It increased the Packers’ lead to 24-6 with 8:30 to play in the game.

Nelson’s touchdown catch followed an injury to Jermichael Finley at the start of the drive. Finley was taken from the field on a stretcher. Initital reports were that Finley sustained a neck injury but had movement and feeling in all of his extremities.

Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to the Packers 20-yard line and Brandon Weeden completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron to cut the Packers’ lead to 24-13.

Rodgers erased all doubt when he completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Boykin with 3:44 to play in the game, giving the Packers a 31-13 lead. Rodgers completed 25 of 36 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Boykin, playing in place of the injured Randall Cobb and James Jones, caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.

The Packers are 4-2 heading into next Sunday’s game in Minnesota.

Posted in Packers.com Blog | 46 Comments »

46 Responses to “Packers beat Browns, 31-13; Jermichael Finley injured”

  1. By reason1265 on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry Vic but its 31 to 13 not 24 to 13

  2. By Dave on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    What was that final score again, Vic?

  3. By Chenc on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    I’m starting to agree more and more with Vic’s proposal to change the helmet. I fear that the only way that will happen is when a tragedy occurs on the field. Until then, the NFL seems to think that giving refs and players ever more things to be aware of is good enough

  4. By ToivoIII on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    That was a dominant performance! Great win, just hope Finley is alright.

  5. By Jilio on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    I got really worried about Finley. Hope he gets well soon.

  6. By Samuel Resz on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Good win. The special teams gave up a couple big plays. My biggest concern is Finley’s injury. But the Packers lead the NFC North by a half game! GO Pack GO!

  7. By axespray on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    What’s with the refs giving the browns 5 downs instead of the normal 4?

  8. By boog on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Yaaaaay Pack!!
    Get well soon Finley

  9. By rjorgPACK on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, another injury. Sure hope Jones is back soon and the backup TE steps it up.

    Way to go PACK! Get well Finley.

  10. By Rick S. on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Throwback uniform game mojo continues.

  11. By Kevin on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply


    Get better. Your health is #1. I’m praying for you and your family…


  12. By Daniel Skenderian on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Go PAC from Claremont. Our thoughts are with Finley

  13. By william burnell on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    I am to the point where we can”t enjoy watching our team win or lose because the most important thing is how healthy our team is, i was hoping we could score alot of points early so we could pull rogers out of the game before he got hurt, and now finley goes down, these days it seems the team with the least injuries win and all others hope they will have all there players healthy next year

  14. By Jeff on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Just Finley

  15. By goldplater on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Vic is right about the facemask: Almost all serious injuries to head/neck come from launched guys hitting with their helmet or shoulder.
    That will not happen anymore without the “steel curtain” in front of the launchers face.
    They have do make tackling the way to go… but theirfore also the game has to slowed down on the O-side, too to get any defense going and take the speed off the collisions.

    Players who launch themself to hit and hurt somebody ni the process they should be fined and suspended for some games automaticaly.

  16. By Agenda Burnett on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hoping you are ok, JMike!

  17. By packersin2k13 on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Get well soon Finley, I hope it aint too serious

  18. By DJ on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Finely is, and always will be a big cry baby! All he looks for is sympathetic
    attention to anything he accomplishes as a plus for the team. He would never have lasted, or been allowed to play for the Packer Organization back in the days of Vince Lombardi! Finely hurts the teams mission, by being self orientated. Time to move on from his distractions. Next man up, and next week up!

  19. By Mary Folkman on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with whoever said it was getting to be less fun to watch the games these days. Hard to enjoy it with a churning stomach, wondering who will go down next. Thoughts and prayers with Jermichael, and all the other walking wounded. Hope we can get somebody back next week.

  20. By Lorie pope on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Love the packers win or loose!

  21. By billfromcville on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    A little harsh aren’t you, DJ?

  22. By everydayfan on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Nice job, DJ. Talk about kicking a guy while he’s down. Think Finley is a cry baby? I’d like to see you take just one of the hits he shrugs off all day. People who talk about pro football players as anything other than phenomenally tough show their absolute absence of knowledge about what it’s like to get hit by a very large, well-conditioned guy at top speed. Finley is as tough as they come. If he stood in your living room, he’d be so large that he’d have to leave an arm and a leg outside the door.

  23. By Brian Simonis on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Uh, it was 31-13, not 24-13.

  24. By OKGOPACK on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    DJ, that is one of the most callous, insensitive remarks I’ve ever seen. J-Mike has really stepped up and meant something for this team the last two weeks, especially. We probably would have lost without him. I wish him the best.

  25. By Brian Simonis on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hey man, I’m 6’5″ and weigh 265 with 8% body fat. How about I run you over and plow my knees into your head, then if you cry or whimper, we’ll all call you a crybaby. Dip.

  26. By Ed Mackiewicz on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    At some point all the injuries will catch up with us. All I know is that the losers in Minnesota smell blood and that’s alway dangerous for the Pack!

  27. By Brian Simonis on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Dudes an obvious idiot. And we’re no smarter (myself included) for replying to the douche troll.

  28. By Steve Feser on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Having been at a sports bar, we had no sound and that’s why I didn’t know Finley went down. Kudos to you JFin for bustin’ the Brown’s chops. Get well soon!

  29. By Brian Fermanich on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hope we didnt see the last of Finley on a football field. This injury reminds me of how Sterling Sharpe ended his career.

  30. By swanny on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Orientated isn’t a word. Get bent.
    respectfully yours,

  31. By AL NEUBAUER on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Was a great today. Watching Colts beating up on the Bronco’s.

  32. By Anthony on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    From all the way here in Houston. …Go Packers! All the way to Super bowl! I smell a Packer’s Super Bowl!

  33. By Marie on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Get well soon #88 Fin Man! We look forward to your speedy return to the field…

  34. By Paul on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    Perhaps we could lure DD back for a few games…

  35. By iluvmyteam on Oct 20, 2013 | Reply

    I was at the game and saw 88 wheeled off on a cart. My heart goes out to him and hope that all turns out well for him. So sad.

  36. By pugmom on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hate those throwback jerseys. I couldn’t read the numbers on the front from the end zone. On a much more serious note, hope Finley doesn’t end up like Nick Collins. (Miss you, Nick!)

  37. By Roggan on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Best wishes to JMike, the announcers on CBS were hard to listen to during that, it was clearly the initial hit that injured him and not the hit to the turf. Yet the announcers insisted otherwhise, were they just trying to portray it as lightly as possible I suppose?

    Seeing how the hit pushed on his neck the way it did I was very relieved to hear he had feeling and movement in his extremitys.

    Get well soon

  38. By Christy on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome Win! Come back healthy and strong Jermichael!

  39. By PK on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Did what needed to be done. Make some hay against Viqueens and Quitler.GO PACK

  40. By Jerry on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    what’s up with this D.J. guy? I haven’t heard nothing but good things about JMike this season, how he has stepped up and had one of his best seasons ever. By the way, what does D.J. stand for, DUMB JERK/

  41. By Rick S. on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    “Perhaps we could lure DD back for a few games…”

    Perhaps not. Why not let the guy get on with his life? Look what 23-year-old Boykin did when he got the chance. Driver got his chance when he was young because they didn’t keep the roster choked up with old guys.

  42. By Mark on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Boykin looked really good. Reminded me of a young Donald Driver.
    Hope Finley is OK. It’s always sad to see a player being carted off. God bless Finley and his family. I agree with Vic that the NFL will have to remake the helmet, perhaps with a softer cover so players can no longer use their helmet as a weapon

  43. By Dani Strahota on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Orientated is a word. 1. to orient

  44. By wallyb on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Lots of short memories out there in Packerland…do you not remember all the injuries we had a few seasons ago? And where did we end up? Oh yea, SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS! Love the Packers and trust the coaches…nuff said!

  45. By SK on Oct 21, 2013 | Reply

    Funny last season was full of J Mike haters. Now he is in a contract year and stepped it up a few plays and gets injured and everyone loves him? I feel he’s a wast of talent and body. He only plays when he wants to and has cost us many games in the past with important drops.

  46. By Harold Luttman on Oct 24, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve been a Packer fan for 55 years now. I remember a lot about the Green Bay Packers. I haven’t changed teams for Green Bay or my Yankees. I watch a lot of people change teams every year when teams are winning. That’s very sad! Go Packers!

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