BALTIMORE–The Packers held a 16-3 lead over the Ravens after three quarters of action at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
A three-and-out capped by a sack by Micah Hyde, a short punt and a 23-yard return by Hyde put the Packers at the Ravens 39-yard line early in the third quarter, but what appeared to be a turning point in the game in the Packers’ favor was canceled by a Jimmy Smith interception in the end zone of an Aaron Rodgers pass intended by Jordy Nelson.
On the Packers’ next possession, Jarrett Boykin, playing in place of Randall Cobb (ruled out with a knee injury), caught a short pass and went 43 yards with it to the Ravens 25-yard line. Following a holding penalty on Jermichael Finley, Rodgers faced a third-and-17. Rodgers misfired on a pass for Finley. Mason Crosby’s 50-yard field goal gave the Packers a two-score lead, 9-0.
Lightning struck almost immediately. Joe Flacco completed a pass over the middle to Marlon Brown. He broke Tramon Williams’ tackle attempt and Brown went 59 yards to the Packers 6-yard line. The Packers defense held, again, and the Ravens elected to kick a field goal and cut the Packers’ lead to 9-3.
Rodgers made lightning strike for the Packers on their next possession. He froze the Ravens secondary with a play-action fake and then hit a streaking Jordy Nelson in stride to complete a 64-yard touchdown pass that put the Packers up, 16-3, with 2:12 to play in the third quarter.
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