Aaron Rodgers was at quarterback to start the game and moved the ball across midfield on the strength of a 15-yard completion to Jordy Nelson and a 15-yard run by Eddie Lacy. A 10-yard pass to Davante Adams gave the Packers a first down at the Patriots 33-yard line.
Another 10-yard completion, to Nelson, and a 3-yard run by James Starks moved the ball into the red zone. Lacy then broke loose for 15 yards to the 5. Lacy took it to the 2 and on fourth-and-goal Rodgers threw incomplete for Lacy.
In somewhat of a surprise, Tom Brady was the Patriots’ starting quarterback; speculation was Brady would take the night off. The Packers got the ball back at the Patriots 43.
Late in the first quarter, Starks gained 22 yards on a short pass from Rodgers. Two checkdown passes to Starks moved the ball across midfield. On fourth-and-3 Rodgers threw to Andrew Quarless for 15 yards and a first down at the Patriots 28.
Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for 16 yards to the Patriots 8. The drive stalled and Mason Crosby booted a 25-yard field goal, 3-0 Packers. Rodgers played through the quarter and completed 11 of 19 for 117 yards.
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