ST. LOUIS — The Packers’ No. 2 offense failed to produce any points in the second quarter, but the work of the first unit gave the Packers a 10-7 halftime lead at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday.
The Packers’ No. 1 offense nearly made it two TDs in two drives, but Aaron Rodgers’ 10-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson on the third snap of the second quarter was called back by an illegal hands to the face penalty on LT David Bakhtiari.
The Packers then settled for a 31-yard FG by K Mason Crosby for a 10-0 lead with 12:41 left in the half. Rodgers ended his night 11-of-13 for 128 yards and one TD.
The Rams responded with a 76-yard TD drive of their own, begun by a 41-yard completion from QB Sam Bradford to WR Kenny Britt. The Rams were also helped by a pass interference penalty on CB Sam Shields on third down that put the ball in the red zone.
Bradford finished the drive with an 11-yard TD pass to TE Lance Kendricks, who made the grab in the end zone while being blanketed by S Micah Hyde. That pulled St. Louis within 10-7 with 8:02 left in the half.
Scott Tolzien came in as the second QB for the Packers but didn’t have much success moving the ball. In three drives, the No. 2 offense produced just two first downs, one of them via penalty. Tolzien was under heavy pressure off the edges on several snaps, taking one sack on third-and-short in the 2-minute drill.
One Rams drive was thwarted by a sack by undrafted rookie DL Mike Pennel, who was in position to clean up after LB Mike Neal got to Rams QB Shaun Hill first. Another drive stalled when CB Casey Hayward successfully defended a deep throw on third down.
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