Packers cling to 7-6 lead following one quarter in Nashville

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 9, 2014 – 7:41 pm

Packers RB James StarksNASHVILLE–A missed extra point attempt by the Titans was the difference in a 7-6 score following one quarter of play at LP Field on Saturday night.

DuJuan Harris returned the opening kickoff 40 yards and the Packers started at their 36. Matt Flynn was the starting quarterback and James Starks the starting running back, as Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson were given the night off. The game began in a heavy rain that began during pregame.

Flynn completed a pass to rookie tight end Richard Rodgers that gained 10 yards and a first down at the Titans 38. The Packers faced third-and-three and James Starks exploded off left tackle for 11 yards to the Titans 20. Starks followed that run with a 20-yard touchdown burst up the middle and the Packers had a 7-0 lead with 10:34 to play in the first quarter. Mason Crosby’s PAT kick was from the 15, which is an experimental spot in the preseason.

The Packers defense forced a three-and-out and the Packers offense was back in business at its 22. Coach Mike McCarthy began substituting reserves into the lineup on the Packers’ second possession. The Packers failed to move the ball.

A new-emphasis holding penalty on Casey Hayward allowed the Titans their initial first down. The defensive starters remained in the game through the Titans’ second possession, which concluded with another punt, but it was fumbled away by rookie Davante Adams and the Titans recovered at the Packers’ 13. It was the second time Adams mishandled a punt.

Titans running back Shonn Greene scored on the next play, but the Titans kicker missed the point-after attempt and the Packers clung to a 7-6 lead with 4:22 to play in the first quarter.

Harris rushed for 11 yards and a first down on the Packers’ next possession, but the drive stalled and the Packers were forced to punt.




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