The Chargers appeared on their way to cutting into the deficit early in the quarter, driving from their own 16 all the way to the Green Bay 12. WR Keenan Allen and RB Branden Oliver, in the game for an injured Melvin Gordon, each had two receptions on the drive. On fourth-and-3, San Diego decided to go for it, but QB Philip Rivers’ pass for TE Antonio Gates was broken up by DB Micah Hyde near the goal line, giving the ball back to the Packers.
Green Bay answered with an 83-yard drive but came away with just a field goal. WR Ty Montgomery left the game with an ankle injury after breaking a few tackles while moving the chains on a short reception. QB Aaron Rodgers then found Montgomery’s replacement, WR Jeff Janis, deep for a 46-yard gain to the San Diego 11. The drive stalled inside the 10, though, and K Mason Crosby made a 23-yard field goal to extend Green Bay’s lead to 17-3. It was Crosby’s 278th career FG attempt, breaking the franchise record previously held by Ryan Longwell.
San Diego immediately gave the ball back to the Packers, as Gordon returned to the game but fumbled. Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix forced it, and LB Clay Matthews recovered it at the San Diego 34. Green Bay could do nothing with it, though, as Rodgers was sacked on third down, pushing the Packers out of field goal range and forcing them to punt.
The Chargers came back with an impressive march. A 13-yard pass to Gates was followed by back-t0-back passes to Allen for 38 and 16 yards, putting San Diego on the Green Bay 7, first and goal. After a false start, Allen caught a pass down to the 1-yard line, and the Chargers called timeout with 2 seconds left on fourth-and-goal. The Allen catch was reviewed to see if he had broken the plane of the goal line, but the original call stood.
Rivers then hit WR Dontrelle Inman for a TD pass on the final play of the half. K Josh Lambo’s PAT made it 17-10 at intermission.
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