GREEN BAY–The Packers escaped a 21-3 deficit and a potential game-tying touchdown, to score a 31-24 win over the visiting New York Jets on Sunday.
The Jets led by 18 points early in the second quarter. Aaron Rodgers rallied the Packers to a 7-point lead heading into the final quarter. It was midway through the final quarter that the game turned controversial.
Geno Smith completed an apparent touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley, but Jets Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called time out just before the ball was snapped, canceling the touchdown pass. The controversy, according to TV, is that by rule only a head coach can call time out.
The Packers stopped the Jets on downs and the Packers took possession at their 28-yard line with 3:31 to play. A Rodgers to Jordy Nelson pass completion sealed the deal.
Rodgers was at his best in rallying the Packers. He completed 25 of 42 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns. Nelson caught nine passes for 209 yards, including one for 80 yards that was the game winner.
The Packers are 1-1 and will play in Detroit next Sunday.
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