News now! Packers rally back within 21-16 at half

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 14, 2014 – 5:03 pm


GREEN BAY — A 97-yard TD drive in the final moments of the first half pulled the Packers within five points of the New York Jets at halftime on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Jets extended their lead to 21-3 by finishing off a 17-play, 80-yard drive early in the second quarter. A key conversion on fourth-and-2 from the Green Bay 30 set up a 4-yard TD run by RB Chris Ivory with 10:38 left in the half.

The play prior to fourth down was third-and-13, and an 11-yard run on a draw by RB Bilal Powell got the Jets close enough to go for it. That was the first failed third down by the Jets, who converted 6 of 7 on third down through their first three drives, including a 12-yard pass to Bilal on third-and-3 that made it first-and-goal.

The Packers pulled within 21-6 with a 13-play drive that came up 2 yards short of the end zone. A Jets offside on third down and a pass interference for 27 yards got the Packers into scoring range. QB Aaron Rodgers then converted a third-and-10 with an 11-yard scramble, with the help of a great block by RB Eddie Lacy. That made it first-and-goal on the 5, but two incomplete passes and a 3-yard run by Lacy on a draw led to a 20-yard FG by Mason Crosby with 5:43 left in the half.

After a defensive stop, the Packers got the ball back and got a third FG from Mason Crosby, a 55-yarder to make it 21-9. It was the longest FG by a Packers kicker in Lambeau Field history.

The Packers followed by trying an onside kick that backfired, though, and the Jets had another chance to score. An interception by CB Tramon Williams prevented that, however, thanks to a hit by DT Mike Daniels on Smith that made his pass flutter toward the goal line.

The Packers took over on their own 3 and drove 97 yards in 10 plays for their first TD of the game. A late hit on the Jets following an 11-yard completion to RB DuJuan Harris got the Packers into scoring range, and then a 24-yard completion over the middle to rookie WR Davante Adams made it first-and-goal. Rodgers completed the drive with a 6-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb, pulling the Packers within 21-16.

Rodgers ended the half 16-of-30 for 183 yards with one TD and no INTs. Nelson has four catches for 66 yards, and Cobb has four grabs for 38 yards.

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