Aaron Rodgers up for Never Say Never Moment of Week 6

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 15, 2013 – 10:50 am


With an injury-depleted receiving corps, the Green Bay Packers managed a narrow 19-17 road win over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers delivered the decisive blow late in the third quarter, a 64-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson. The Packers had lost two of their top receivers — James Jones and Randall Cobb — to injury in the game. The Packers’ win ended the Ravens’ 14-game home winning streak against NFC opponents.

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Packers hold on for 19-17 win over Ravens

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 13, 2013 – 3:09 pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson scores a TD.BALTIMORE–The Packers held off a late Ravens rally to score a 19-17 win at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. The win left the Packers at 3-2.

The Ravens cut the Packers’ lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter following a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. It made for another tense final quarter for the Packers.

Green Bay converted a critical third-and-1 play with 10:13 to play. Aaron Rodgers completed a sideline throw to Jordy Nelson.

Eddie Lacy caught the Ravens in a blitz on the next play, and Lacy broke loose for a 17-yard run. Again, the Packers faced a third-and-short play. This time, Lacy pounded out the first down.

A pass to Jermichael Finley gained 19 yards and put the Packers in field goal range to widen their lead to two scores. Lacy ran twice against a fatigued Baltimore defense. On third-and-three from the Ravens 12-yard line, following a Packers time out, Rodgers threw safely out of bounds. Mason Crosby then booted a 31-yard field goal that gave the Packers a 19-10 lead with 4:17 to play.

The Packers then reduced the Ravens to a last-gasp, fourth-and-21 play, but Tandon Doss got behind the Packers coverage for a 63-yard pass from Joe Flacco, who followed with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark. All of a sudden, the Ravens were back in the game with 2:04 to play, trailing by two points.

With all three timeouts remaining, Baltimore elected to kick away on the kickoff. Lacy carried for a yard that brought the game to the two-minute warning. Tension had fully returned.

Rodgers ran for six yards and the Ravens called time out. The game came down to a third-and-3 play. Roders found Finley over the middle and Finley completed a 51-yard, catch-and-run play that clinched victory.

Lacy rushed for 120 yards, his first-ever 100-yard game. Rodgers completed 17 of 32 passes for 315 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

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Packers add to lead in third quarter, 16-3

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 13, 2013 – 2:27 pm


BALTIMORE–The Packers held a 16-3 lead over the Ravens after three quarters of action at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.

A three-and-out capped by a sack by Micah Hyde, a short punt and a 23-yard return by Hyde put the Packers at the Ravens 39-yard line early in the third quarter, but what appeared to be a turning point in the game in the Packers’ favor was canceled by a Jimmy Smith interception in the end zone of an Aaron Rodgers pass intended by Jordy Nelson.

On the Packers’ next possession, Jarrett Boykin, playing in place of Randall Cobb (ruled out with a knee injury), caught a short pass and went 43 yards with it to the Ravens 25-yard line. Following a holding penalty on Jermichael Finley, Rodgers faced a third-and-17. Rodgers misfired on a pass for Finley. Mason Crosby’s 50-yard field goal gave the Packers a two-score lead, 9-0.

Lightning struck almost immediately. Joe Flacco completed a pass over the middle to Marlon Brown. He broke Tramon Williams’ tackle attempt and Brown went 59 yards to the Packers 6-yard line. The Packers defense held, again, and the Ravens elected to kick a field goal and cut the Packers’ lead to 9-3.

Rodgers made lightning strike for the Packers on their next possession. He froze the Ravens secondary with a play-action fake and then hit a streaking Jordy Nelson in stride to complete a 64-yard touchdown pass that put the Packers up, 16-3, with 2:12 to play in the third quarter.

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Packers extend lead to 6-0 on final play of first half

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 13, 2013 – 1:37 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco sacked.

BALTIMORE –A 31-yard FG by Mason Crosby on the final play of the first half gave the Packers a 6-0 lead over the Ravens.

Packers LB Nick Perry strip-sacked QB Joe Flacco, with DE Datone Jones recovering the ball and returning it 20 yards with just 2 seconds left in the half. Crosby then made the kick as time ran out.

Moments earlier, the Packers failed to extend their lead as K Crosby missed a 44-yard field goal try.

That came one play after WR Randall Cobb made a catch over the middle but was hit low and injured. After being helped off, and a personal foul was marked off on the Packers, Crosby missed wide right, breaking his streak of 10 straight makes to start the season.

The Packers preserved their initial 3-0 lead with a goal-line stand. A 45-yard pass to TE Dallas Clark moved the Ravens into scoring range, and they eventually had first-and-goal from the 4. But three Ray Rice runs got only to the 1, and then when the Ravens decided to go for it on fourth down — after the Packers declined a holding penalty on third down — Bernard Pierce was stuffed at the goal line and the Packers took over.

Green Bay blew a chance for great field position on special teams. TE Ryan Taylor blocked a punt, but FB John Kuhn tried to pick up the rolling football and failed. The fumble was recovered by the Ravens for a first down at their own 41, and moments later Clark had his big pass play and Baltimore was threatening to score.

The Packers went nowhere, however, as WR Jarrett Boykin — in the game in place of the injured James Jones — dropped a pass over the middle that would have picked up the first down.

Early in the quarter, the Packers nearly had a costly turnover. Ravens DE Elvis Dumervil sacked Aaron Rodgers and forced a fumble for the second time in the game, but WR Jarrett Boykin recovered for Green Bay inside the Packers’ 10-yard line. RT Don Barclay, who is struggling to block Dumervil, had recovered the previous fumble by Rodgers.

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Ask Vic Halftime: Packers playing Ravens’ game

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 13, 2013 – 1:35 pm


Adam from Muskego, WI

Why go away from what worked? Keep running the ball down their throats until they stop it.

I’m sensitive to what you’re saying, but we’re only talking about the first two plays of the game. I don’t think they qualify as running the ball down the Ravens’ throat. This is a passing team that wants to use the running game to achieve balance. We must not forget that.

Joe from Saint Paul, MN

Why is Lacy not on the field for third-and-1? I just don’t get it.

I wondered the same thing. That’s the kind of question that needs to be asked after the game or tomorrow.

Auston from Homeland, CA

Who has the advantage in this game?

The Packers have the lead and they’re playing at a higher level than the Ravens, but the difference isn’t significant. This is beginning to look like a game that’ll turn on a fumble, interception or big play on offense. The blocked punt that resulted in John Kuhn’s touch and the Ravens getting the ball and a first down appeared as though it might be a turning point in the game, but the Packers responded by stopping the Ravens on fourth-and-goal from the Packers 1-yard line.

Gary from West Greenwich, RI

I know Rodgers is a money quarterback, but why not run more when you can pick up the few yards for a first down?

The obvious answer is he thought he could complete a pass downfield to Jermichael Finley. In retrospect, Rodgers probably should’ve run for the first down. If he completes the pass, however, we’re not having this discussion.

Evan from Eau Claire, WI

I feel like James Jones going out could be very bad for the Packers. Calm me down, Vic.

The injury to Randall Cobb late in the half is the one that has me concerned. Picking up the slack created by two injuries will be difficult for Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson to do. I don’t have an official injury report on Cobb, yet. He’s standing on the sideline but limping as I write this.

Todd from Champaign, IL

I remember you thought Green Bay would have a tough time running today. What did they do on that first drive to have success?

Eddie Lacy found a running lane on each of the first two plays of the game. Since then, the Ravens have tightened down on the run. In my opinion, the game is now in Rodgers’ hands. That’s not a bad thing.

Laura from Pewaukee, WI

Vic, I agree with your players, not plays philosophy, which is why I fear the loss of Clay Matthews in today’s game. In the first half, did you see anything Dom Capers was able to do with scheme, blitzing, packages, etc., to overcome the loss of Clay’s playmaking ability?

The Packers defense is doing it with old-fashioned execution. Davon House was very strong in coverage early in the half. The Ravens went after him and he answered the challenge. I’m not seeing any special schemes. The Packers are just winning the one-on-ones.

Rick from Cameron, WI

I’m loving this defensive game. This is football.

The Packers are playing AFC North football. This is how they play in this division. Sometimes you have to be able to play the other guys’ game.

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Packers hold 3-0 lead after one quarter of play

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 13, 2013 – 12:40 pm

Packers RB Eddie LacyBALTIMORE–The Packers held a 3-0 lead over the Ravens on Sunday, following one quarter of play at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Packers stormed out of the gate on the strength of two Eddie Lacy runs totaling 47 yards. Jordy Nelson dropped a second-down pass that would’ve likely carried inside the 10-yard line. On third-and-four, Aaron Rodgers threw incomplete. Mason Crosby then booted a 45-yard field goal to give the Packers a 3-0 lead with 13:11 to play in the first quarter.

Baltimore was unable to mount a scoring threat.

James Jones sustained a leg injury and his return was questionable.

Rodgers completed five of nine passes for 46 yards in the quarter. Lacy rushed five times for 57 yards.

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Sideline Pass: Behind-the-scenes photos from #GBvsBAL

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 13, 2013 – 12:13 pm

The Packers de-plane at Baltimore–Washington International Airport Saturday afternoon

Eddie Lacy and company head down the stairs after landing in Baltimore

Team buses arrive at M&T Bank Stadium

Players play catch before the game

Jermichael Finley warms up

The offensive line goes up against the defensive line

James Jones looks a pass in

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Pregame warmup: Final update before Packers-Ravens kickoff

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 13, 2013 – 10:59 am

The Packers will try to get their first road win since Week 15 of last season today at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.

Key injury

LB Clay Matthews (broken thumb) is out for the first of what may be 3-4 games, leaving Nick Perry and Mike Neal to start at the outside linebacker spots. The duo combined for three sacks vs. Detroit last week, including two from Perry, who got both of his sacks from Matthews’ spot on the right side of the defense. The Ravens will start a new LT today, former Jacksonville first-round draft pick Eugene Monroe, to replace veteran Bryant McKinnie, who is inactive. The Perry vs. Monroe matchup will be key.

Around the NFC North

At 2-2, the Packers are looking to get above .500 for the first time this season and need a win to stay one-half game behind the Bears in the NFC North race. Chicago is already 4-2 following a Thursday night win over the Giants. Detroit (3-2) will look to stay even with the Bears with a road game at Cleveland, the Packers’ opponent next week. Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who missed last week’s game against the Packers, is active and will play. Minnesota (1-3) hosts Carolina, and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has said he’ll play despite the death earlier this week of his 2-year-old son. Peterson is active for the game.

Weather update

It’s drizzing in Baltimore during pregame, but the rain is expected to stop by kickoff. The day’s forecast calls for clouds with temperatures in the 60s and winds at 10-12 mph.

Special teams shuffling

With the Packers’ injuries at linebacker, some shuffling will be required on the special-teams units. Jamari Lattimore is starting at inside linebacker in place of Brad Jones, so his absence on special teams, along with the absence of Robert Francois — who is out for the season — likely elevates rookie Sam Barrington into a special-teams role, along with outside LBs Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer, also rookies. Also, special-teams ace Jarrett Bush is out with a hamstring injury, with recent practice-squad signing James Nixon now on the active roster. Adjusting on special teams is part of the game in the NFL, and the Packers will be counting on a greater number of rookies than usual on the return and coverage units today.

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No surprises with Packers-Ravens inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 13, 2013 – 10:30 am

The following players have been declared as inactive for this afternoon’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens.

Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers
24 CB Jarrett Bush
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
52 LB Clay Matthews
59 LB Brad Jones
64 G/C Greg Van Roten
93 DE Josh Boyd

96 Mike Neal will start at left OLB, with 53 Nick Perry starting for Matthews at right OLB. 57 Jamari Lattimore will start at inside LB for Jones.

Baltimore Ravens
62 NT Terrence Cody
76 G/T Jah Reid
77 C Ryan Jensen
78 T Bryant McKinnie
80 WR Brandon Stokley
94 OLB John Simon
96 DE Marcus Spears

60 Eugene Monroe will start at LT in place of McKinnie.

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What to watch for in Sunday’s Packers-Ravens game

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 13, 2013 – 10:00 am

131011-jolly-2009-300* Notes written by Packers public relations

– The Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in seven consecutive regular-season games, which matches the longest streak in team history (2011, Weeks 1-7).

– Green Bay ranks No. 3 in the league this season in yards per game (453.3). The Packers’ 1,813 yards this season are the most through four games in franchise history, besting the previous mark of 1,717 yards in 2011.

– The Packers have scored 207 points over their last six regular-season games, an average of 34.5 points per contest.

– Green Bay ranks No. 5 in the league in rushing yards per game (141.0), the first time that it has ranked in the top five in the league in rushing at any point in the season since the Packers finished the 2003 season ranked No. 3 in the NFL.

– The Packers have rushed for 135-plus yards in each of their last three games, the first time they have done so since Weeks 13-15 of 2006. Green Bay has rushed for 180-plus yards in two straight games, the first time it has done so since posting four straight in 2003 (Weeks 9-12).

– Green Bay has had a 50-yard run in each of the last two games, the first time it has done so in the same season since 2001 (Weeks 6, 8).

– The Packers have had at least one 100-yard receiver in three of four games this season. They are tied for No. 2 in the NFL through Week 5 with five 100-yard receivers on the season.

– Green Bay has not given up more than 110 net rushing yards in a game this season. The Packers rank No. 5 in the league in rushing defense (86.0 yards per game) though Week 5.

– Green Bay has registered nine sacks over its last two games.

– In his last 21 regular-season road starts, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 471 of 707 passes (66.6 percent) for 6,011 yards (286.2 per game) and 52 TDs with nine INTs for a 112.2 passer rating. He has posted a 100-plus rating in 16 of those 21 games and 11 games with 300-plus passing yards.

– In his last 10 games against AFC foes (including Super Bowl XLV vs. Pittsburgh), Rodgers has posted a 110.4 passer rating, connecting on 227 of 353 passes (64.3 percent) for 2,820 yards and 29 TDs with five INTs. He has posted a passer rating of 95-plus in eight of those 10 contests.

– Rodgers has registered a 123.6 passer rating in his last nine starts in the month of October, completing 213 of 307 passes (69.4 percent) for 2,830 yards and 27 TDs with just three INTs.

– WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last seven regular-season games, posting 41 receptions for 604 yards (14.7 avg.) and three TDs over that span.

– WR James Jones has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving plateau in four of his last six regular-season games. He has caught 32 passes for 501 yards (15.7 avg.) and four TDs over that span. Jones has 19 catches for 339 yards (17.8 avg.) and two TDs over the last three games.

– WR Jordy Nelson has posted an 18.6-yard receiving average over his last seven regular-season games, catching 29 passes for 539 yards and five TDs.

– P Tim Masthay needs to place two punts inside the 20 to move ahead of Josh Bidwell (85) for the No. 2 spot in team history (since 1976).

– K Mason Crosby has made 13 consecutive field goals in the regular season, which is the longest current streak in the NFL. Crosby’s streak of 13 straight made FGs is tied for the sixth-longest streak in franchise annals. Crosby holds the franchise record with 23 straight (2010-11).

Today’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Bill Schuster (129), head linesman Wayne Mackie (106), line judge Jeff Seeman (45), field judge Bob Waggoner (25), side judge Mike Weatherford (116) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).

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