News now! Late FG miss prevents Packers from extending lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 4, 2015 – 4:45 pm

151004-q2-in-game-updates-650SANTA CLARA — A missed field goal by Green Bay on the final play of the first half kept the Packers’ lead over the 49ers just a scant 7-3 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

The quarter began with QB Aaron Rodgers overthrowing a wide open TE Richard Rodgers on third and short from midfield, forcing the Packers to punt.

After the teams exchanged three-and-outs, the 49ers got on the board with a 12-play, 57-yard drive for a field goal.

A quick shovel pass to WR Quinton Patton gained 40 yards up the far sideline, and passes of 13 yards to TE Garrett Celek and 8 yards to WR Anquan Boldin picked up two first downs to make it first and goal. The Packers defense stiffened, though, as LBs Nick Perry and Jayrone Elliott sacked QB Colin Kaepernick on back-to-back plays, leading to a 33-yard FG by K Phil Dawson to make it 7-3 with 4:25 left in the half.

On their next drive, the Packers were backed up by a holding penalty until QB Aaron Rodgers found WR James Jones, who spun away from two defenders and took off for a 36-yard gain out to midfield. Moments later, a third-and-1 run by RB Eddie Lacy was stuffed, but Lacy converted on fourth down with a 10-yard run.

Three plays later, a leaping catch by WR Randall Cobb on third-and-7 was right near the first-down marker, but just short, bringing up fourth down with 40 seconds left. Lacy converted on fourth down again with a 6-yard run, but on the ensuing third down, Rodgers was sacked by LB Ahmad Brooks, bringing on K Mason Crosby with 2 seconds left.

Crosby missed wide left from 44 yards out and the halftime score remained 7-3.

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