GREEN BAY–The Packers dominated the first quarter in taking a 21-0 lead over the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Out of their no-huddle offense, the Packers immediately began pounding out first downs against the league’s No. 27 rush defense. Consecutive Carolina penalties, one of which negated an interception, left the Packers facing third-and-2 at their 38. Aaron Rodgers scrambled for a first down.
Rodgers struck with a honey-hole throw to Jordy Nelson along the right sideline. Nelson sidestepped the safety and raced untouched for a 59-yard score with 11:51 to play in the first quarter.
A three-and-out put the Packers back in business at their 44-yard line.
Rodgers led an efficient and methodical drive downfield that gained four first downs, the last of which was on a much-too-easy pitch and catch to Nelson at the Carolina 5. Lacy took it in from there and the Packers were coasting, 14-0, with 5:53 to play in the quarter.
Carolina remained unable to gain a first down on its next possession and the Packers were on the verge of an early takedown when they began their next possession at their 38 with 4:15 to play in the opening quarter.
A 13-yard cutback touchdown run by James Starks capped a five-play drive that left the Panthers on the edge of hopelessness, 21-0, with still 2:07 to play in the first quarter.
A pass interference penalty against Tramon Williams nullified an interception return for a touchdown by Clay Matthews or the score would be 28-0. The pass interference penalty provided Carolina’s only first down of the quarter.
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