OAKLAND — The Packers continued their pursuit of the No. 2 NFC playoff spot, by scoring a 30-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday at O.co Coliseum. The Packers had clinched a playoff spot earlier in the day. They remain a game ahead of the Vikings in the NFC North playoff race.
Late in the third quarter, the Packers began a drive at their 5-yard line. It moved steadily down the field on the strength of Aaron Rodgers’ precision passing. On third-and-6 at the Raiders 11, the Raiders were flagged for pass interference in the end zone, putting the ball on the 1-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 3, Rodgers threw incomplete. Mason Crosby stretched the lead to seven points, 27-20, with 10:01 to play.
The Packers defense forced a punt and Rodgers and company took over on the Raiders’ side of the 50 with about seven minutes to play. James Starks broke loose on a 25-yard run to the 8-yard line. On third-and-goal at the 5, Rodgers pitched an apparent back-shoulder touchdown pass to James Jones, but Jones was flagged for pass interference. Now, from the 15, Rodgers threw incomplete, bringing on Crosby to provide a two-score lead, which he did, 30-20, with 4:29 to play.
Green Bay’s defense closed out the win.
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