GREEN BAY–The Jets held a surprising 14-3 lead after a quarter of action at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
The Packers lost the coin toss and received the opening kickoff; the Jets deferred. Right away, trouble struck when Aaron Rodgers fumbled the center snap from Corey Linsley and the Jets’ Sheldon Richardson recovered at the Packers 16-yard line.
On third-and-11, Geno Smith threw for a first down to the Packers 4-yard line. Chris Ivory carried to the 1 and then Smith bootlegged around right end for a touchdown with 13:01 to play in the first quarter, 7-0.
The Packers started at their 20 and Rodgers immediately threw to Jordy Nelson for a first down, but then Quinton Coples sacked Rodgers for a loss of 4. Rodgers faced third-and-14 from the Packers 29 and was sacked when the Jets brought a strong blitz that included two defensive backs.
From their 16, the Jets went to work. On third-and-1, the Jets used a razzle-dazzle play that included a lateral pitch from Smith to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The play gained 39 yards. On third-and-2, Smith hit wide receiver Eric Decker in stride for a 29-yard touchdown with 8:24 to play, 14-0. Decker beat Sam Shields down the left sideline.
The Packers kept passing and Rodgers faced third-and-4. Nelson made a leaping grab along the right sideline for 23 yards.
Rodgers scrambled for a first down at the Jets 41 and then flipped a short pass to Eddie Lacy that gained 11. A 10-yard completion to Randall Cobb moved the sticks again, and a 7-yard completion to Lacy left third-and-3. Rodgers fired an apparent completion to Nelson at the 1-yard line, but Jets Coach Rex Ryan challenged the call and it was reversed. Mason Crosby came on to kick a 31-yard field goal with 4:06 to play, 14-3.
The Jets converted a third-and-1 at midfield and were on the move again. Smith faced a third-and-6 at the Packers 47. Smith ran a quarterback draw for a first down.
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