News now! Packers take 14-0 lead at intermission

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 13, 2015 – 4:54 pm

151213-q2-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — Two touchdown drives by the Packers in the second quarter put them ahead of the Cowboys, 14-0, at halftime on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The second quarter started with the Packers stopping the Cowboys on third-and-1 from their own 10. DT Letroy Guion tackled RB Robert Turbin short of the marker, and after the punt, the Packers began in Dallas territory, at the Cowboys’ 48-yard line.

RB James Starks did the bulk of the work to get the Packers on the board. He began the drive with a 9-yard reception and two runs for a total of 12 more yards. A holding penalty on WR Davante Adams slowed things down, but a 13-yard pass to the hoodie-wearing WR James Jones converted on third-and-10 and got the Packers into the red zone. Starks then finished the drive with a 13-yard TD reception, putting the Packers up 7-0 with 9:49 left in the half.

The Packers defense got another stop thanks to a replay challenge by Head Coach Mike McCarthy. WR Dez Bryant, one play after CB Sam Shields left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, appeared to catch a deep ball over rookie CB Damarious Randall to convert on third-and-5. But replays showed the ball touched the ground as Bryant tried to secure it, and Dallas had to punt.

The offense stayed hot, driving 81 yards for another TD. QB Aaron Rodgers scrambled for 16 yards to convert on third-and-5, then found Jones for 16 yards and WR Randall Cobb for 14 yards. A screen pass to FB John Kuhn picked up another 14 and made it first-and-goal on the 3, where Rodgers found TE Richard Rodgers for the score. K Mason Crosby’s PAT made it 14-0 Packers with 2:40 left in the half.

The Packers defense responded with a three-and-out, as DB Micah Hyde tackled TE Jason Witten one yard short of the first down on third-and-7. The Cowboys punted again just after the two-minute warning, giving the Packers one more possession in the half.

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence sacked Rodgers on third down, though, forcing the Packers to punt with just under a minute to go. The Cowboys took over on their own 22 with 47 seconds left and picked up one first down, but that was it.

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