News now! Rams close on Packers to within 14-10 at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 11, 2015 – 1:42 pm

151011-q2-OK-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — The Rams cut into the Packers’ lead with 10 points in the second quarter to get within 14-10 at halftime on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The quarter began with an exchange of punts. Packers CB Sam Shields broke up a deep ball intended for Rams WR Tavon Austin on third down, and then the Rams forced QB Aaron Rodgers to scramble twice, leading to a three-and-out.

On Green Bay’s punt, it was initially ruled that WR Jeff Janis downed the ball at the 1, but the Rams challenged the call and won. Janis had gone into the end zone and did not re-establish himself in the field of play before downing the ball, so St. Louis took it at the 20.

The Rams ran the ball seven straight times to get across midfield, and then a deep pass to TE Jared Cook drew a pass interference penalty on S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, putting the ball on the Green Bay 11. Two plays later, Austin took a shovel pass from QB Nick Foles and scored from 6 yards out to get the Rams on the board with 7:12 left in the half.

The Packers countered by driving across midfield, only to have CB Trumaine Johnson intercept a Rodgers pass and return it down the sideline to the Green Bay 33. Replay showed the ball appeared to hit the ground as Johnson gained control of it, but the automatic review did not overturn the call. It was Rodgers’ second INT of the game after not throwing a pick at home since Dec.  of 2012.

The Rams then completed a pass to WR Stedman Bailey on third-and-5 right near the first-down marker, and the Packers challenged the spot. The ruling on the field stood, giving the Rams a first down. The drive stalled there, however, and K Greg Zuerlein kicked a 42-yard field goal to get the Rams within 14-10 with 1:40 left in the half.

The Packers picked up two first downs on their final drive of the half but stalled out prior to midfield and let the clock run out.

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