Packers hold commanding lead at halftime

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on September 15, 2013 – 1:30 pm

130915-q2-update600GREEN BAY–Aaron Rodgers threw for 335 yards and the Packers held a 24-0 lead over the Redskins after the first half of play at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

The Redskins’ punting woes came to a head with a net 8-yard kick early in the second quarter. It allowed the Packers a continuation of strong field position. In the ensuing drive, running back James Starks knocked out Brandon Meriweather, who had knocked running back Eddie Lacy out of the game in the first quarter. Meriweather remained motionless along the Packers sideline for a frightening few minutes before he was able to rise and walk shakily to the Redskins locker room. It was later announced that Meriweather had sustained a concussion and would not return.

Rodgers immediately pitched a 27-yard completion to James Jones at the Redskins 22. An apparent 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson was nullified by a holding penalty against rookie tackle David Bakhtiari. No problem. Three plays later, Rodgers completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Nelson, and the Packers led, 17-0.

A 57-yard pass from Rodgers to Jones triggered another scoring drive. It was capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermichael Finley and the Packers had a 24-0 lead with 7:07 to play in the second quarter. The drive went 90 yards in six plays and the Redskins appeared helpless.

Through a quarter and a half of play, Rodgers had thrown for 264 yards and three touchdowns, and was on pace for a record-setting day. Matt Flynn holds the Packers record for passing yards in a regular-season game, 480 yards.

A promising Redskins drive late in the second quarter died on fourth-and-five when linebacker Mike Neal intercepted a tipped pass.

The Packers would probably have a 31-0 lead but Jones lost control of the ball as he reached for the pylon, resulting in a touchback.

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