Packers hold on for 19-17 win over Ravens

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on October 13, 2013 – 3:09 pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson scores a TD.BALTIMORE–The Packers held off a late Ravens rally to score a 19-17 win at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. The win left the Packers at 3-2.

The Ravens cut the Packers’ lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter following a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. It made for another tense final quarter for the Packers.

Green Bay converted a critical third-and-1 play with 10:13 to play. Aaron Rodgers completed a sideline throw to Jordy Nelson.

Eddie Lacy caught the Ravens in a blitz on the next play, and Lacy broke loose for a 17-yard run. Again, the Packers faced a third-and-short play. This time, Lacy pounded out the first down.

A pass to Jermichael Finley gained 19 yards and put the Packers in field goal range to widen their lead to two scores. Lacy ran twice against a fatigued Baltimore defense. On third-and-three from the Ravens 12-yard line, following a Packers time out, Rodgers threw safely out of bounds. Mason Crosby then booted a 31-yard field goal that gave the Packers a 19-10 lead with 4:17 to play.

The Packers then reduced the Ravens to a last-gasp, fourth-and-21 play, but Tandon Doss got behind the Packers coverage for a 63-yard pass from Joe Flacco, who followed with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark. All of a sudden, the Ravens were back in the game with 2:04 to play, trailing by two points.

With all three timeouts remaining, Baltimore elected to kick away on the kickoff. Lacy carried for a yard that brought the game to the two-minute warning. Tension had fully returned.

Rodgers ran for six yards and the Ravens called time out. The game came down to a third-and-3 play. Roders found Finley over the middle and Finley completed a 51-yard, catch-and-run play that clinched victory.

Lacy rushed for 120 yards, his first-ever 100-yard game. Rodgers completed 17 of 32 passes for 315 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

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