TAMPA — Tampa Bay’s anemic offense finally got on the board on the final play of the first half with a field goal, and the Packers headed into the locker room with a 10-3 lead at intermission on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
The Packers missed a chance to add to their lead early in the second quarter. Passes of 8 yards to WR Davante Adams and 12 yards to WR Jordy Nelson picked up first downs, but on third-and-4 from the Tampa Bay 30, QB Aaron Rodgers came up short on a pass for WR Randall Cobb. K Mason Crosby then missed a 48-yard FG try, wide left.
Green Bay’s defense responded with its fifth straight three-and-out to start the game. This one included a sack by Clay Matthews, the Packers’ second sack of the game. Those two sacks have accounted for minus-16 yards, leaving Tampa Bay with zero net yards after five drives.
Crosby made his next FG try, giving the Packers a 10-0 lead with 4:55 left in the half. A 24-yard pass to Cobb started the drive, RB Eddie Lacy carried twice for 10 yards, and then a 9-yard pass to Cobb got the offense into scoring territory. A third-down pass for Adams, though, was in his hands and knocked out by a big hit from Bucs S Dashon Goldson, forcing the FG try.
Tampa Bay recorded its initial first down of the game with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the half on a 13-yard pass to WR Mike Evans. The Bucs then threatened to score for the first time after a 40-yard completion to WR Vincent Jackson. Tampa Bay then picked up a first down at the Green Bay 20 on a fourth-and-1 run by RB Doug Martin. The Packers defense eventually held, though, as LB Julius Peppers sacked QB Josh McCown on third down, and the Bucs were forced to settle for a 42-yard FG by K Patrick Murray on the final play of the half.
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