GREEN BAY — Two more touchdowns by the No. 1 offense in the second quarter gave the Packers a 22-7 lead over the Oakland Raiders at halftime on Friday night at Lambeau Field.
The Packers shook off some offensive sluggishness at the start of the second quarter with a 67-yard TD drive, aided by a Raiders personal foul on the first play.
RB DuJuan Harris then took a screen pass 31 yards into the red zone, and on fourth-and-3, the Packers decided to go for it. QB Aaron Rodgers hit WR Jordy Nelson on a quick hitch as Nelson slipped away from CB TJ Carrie and walked into the end zone for a 12-yard TD. On the previous play, Carrie had broken up a potential TD pass to Nelson in the end zone.
The Packers’ second try at a 2-point conversion failed, and Green Bay led 14-7 with 13:37 left in the half.
Green Bay’s defense then recorded its fourth straight three-and-out. On the ensuing drive, Oakland LB Sio Moore went down following a run by RB DuJuan Harris and had to be removed from the field on a stretcher.
The Packers continued that drive and added another TD, taking 14 plays in all. Right after the injury, Harris took a pass for 11 yards and a few snaps later, RB James Starks caught a short lob pass and went 23 yards to make it first-and-goal. The Raiders got the stop on third down inside the 10, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on DL Antonio Smith gave the Packers a fresh set of goal-to-go downs, and Rodgers hit TE Andrew Quarless on third down for a 6-yard TD.
Starks ran in the 2-point play, following another Raiders penalty that put the ball on the 1-yard line, and the Packers led 22-7 with 5:58 left in the half. That was it for Rodgers and the No. 1 offense, with the QB finishing his night 9-of-20 for 139 yards and 2 TDs.
The Packers No. 2 offense had one good chance to score, following a fourth-down stop by the defense when the Raiders went for it from the Green Bay 26-yard line. A sack/strip by LB Nick Perry and subsequent recovery and return by Mike Neal all the way to the Oakland 39-yard line gave the Packers great field position, but QB Matt Flynn’s pass on the very next play was picked off by Raiders LB Khalil Mack.
A holding penalty on the Raiders’ final drive of the half pushed them out of field goal range, and a Hail Mary pass into the end zone on the last play was batted down, incomplete.
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