Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Green Bay Packers overcame a slightly
off day from Aaron Rodgers and the departures of several key players to
deliver a 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
Playing without top receiver Randall Cobb for all of the second half and
fellow wideout James Jones for virtually the entire game, Rodgers completed a
pedestrian 17-of-32 passes for 315 yards with one touchdown and an
Plenty of his teammates stepped up, however, to help Green Bay (3-2) record
its second straight win following its bye week and deal the defending Super
Bowl champion Ravens (3-3) only their fourth loss in their last 30 home games.
Jordy Nelson caught a 64-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and finished
with 113 yards on four receptions, rookie Eddie Lacy rushed for a career-high
120 yards on 23 carries and Mason Crosby kicked four field goals in the
The Packers' defense chipped in as well, coming up with a key goal-line stand
along with five sacks of Joe Flacco despite being without All-Pro pass rusher
Jones limped off the field with a left leg injury on Green Bay's second drive
of the afternoon and Cobb did not return after taking a helmet to his right
knee from Ravens safety Matt Elam in the final minute of the first half.
Matthews was inactive due to a broken right thumb sustained during last week's
win over Detroit.
Flacco still managed 342 yards through the air and two touchdowns, including
an 18-yard strike to Dallas Clark that brought Baltimore within 19-17 with
2:04 left. Clark ended with 81 yards on four grabs, with Tandon Doss amassing
99 yards on four catches.
Green Bay dominated on the defensive side en route to carrying a 6-0 edge into
the break, then forced a pair of three-and-outs on Baltimore's initial two
possessions of the second half. Following the second stop, Jarrett Boykin --
pressed into extended duty by the injuries to Cobb and Jones -- broke off a
43-yard catch-and-run that set up Crosby's third field goal of the day, a 50-
yard boot with 6:06 to go in the third quarter.
The Ravens' previously stagnant offense finally generated something positive
on the ensuing series, with Marlon Brown shaking off a tackle after making a
short catch and racing 59 yards to the Packers' 6-yard line. The Green Bay
defense stiffened once again deep in its own end, however, causing Justin
Tucker to come on for a successful 23-yard field goal that brought the Ravens
The Packers didn't take long to restore a two-score cushion. Nelson burned
cornerback Lardarius Webb on a deep post and hauled in Rodgers' perfectly
thrown deep ball for a 64-yard score with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
Baltimore answered, however, with its best drive of the day, a 10-play, 80-
yard march in which Flacco went 4-for-4 for 46 yards and pulled his team
within 16-10 with just under 12 minutes remaining by hitting 52 Jones on
an over-the-top fade from 11 yards away.
Green Bay proceeded to hold the ball for over 7 1/2 minutes on a methodical
12-play sequence featuring six Lacy runs that totaled 31 yards. A 19-yard
strike from Rodgers to Jermichael Finley put the Pack in position for another
Crosby field goal, a 31-yarder that extended the lead to nine with 4:17 to
The Packers appeared to have the game put away with Baltimore faced with a
4th-and-21 on its own 19-yard line with under three minutes left. Flacco kept
hope alive by heaving a pass down the middle that Doss snared for an eventual
63-yard gain to the Green Bay 18, and Clark made a one-handed catch on the
next play to cut the deficit to 19-17.
Baltimore would not get the ball again, though, with the Packers icing the
game with two critical third-down conversions -- Rodgers' 52-yard hookup to
Finley and Lacy's 4-yard run on 3rd-and-2 after the Ravens burned their last
The Ravens mustered only 122 total yards and four first downs over the first
two quarters, with Flacco connecting on just 8-of-19 throws while being sacked
three times, but still had a chance to get on the board when a 45-yard
connection from Flacco to Clark -- shortly after Ravens safety James Ihedigbo
recovered a punt blocked by the Packers for a first down to maintain
possession -- put the ball on the Green Bay 14-yard line midway through the
second quarter with Baltimore trailing 3-0.
Baltimore later had a 1st-and-goal from the four, but Ray Rice managed just
three yards on three rushes before the Packers stuffed Bernard Pierce short of
the goal line on fourth down.
It remained a 3-point differential until Flacco was stripped by Nick Perry and
Green Bay's Datone Jones returned the resulting fumble 20 yards to the Ravens'
13 with just two seconds on the clock. Crosby, who had missed from 44 yards
out just minutes earlier, then connected on a 31-yard try on the final play of
the half to send the Packers into the locker room with a 6-0 lead.
Green Bay's largest gain of the opening half came on its second play from
scrimmage, when Lacy rumbled for 37 yards down to the Baltimore 33. Ravens
linebacker Josh Bynes knocked away a Rodgers pass intended for Finley on third
down, however, and the Packers settled for Crosby's 45-yard field goal.
Cobb had four catches for 53 yards prior to exiting ... The Ravens mustered
just 47 rushing yards, with Rice limited to 34 on 14 attempts ... Baltimore
had been 10-0 at MT&T Bank Stadium against NFC opponents under head coach John
Harbaugh and had an overall 13-game home win streak in interconference games
snapped ... Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe made his first start with the
Ravens since being acquired from Jacksonville on Oct. 1 ... Baltimore outside
linebacker Terrell Suggs recorded 10 tackles and now has 728 as a Raven,
according to team stats, second behind only Ray Lewis for the most in team
history ... Green Bay has won four of the five all-time matchups in the
series, but was handed a 48-3 loss in its only previous visit to M&T Bank
Stadium back in 2005.
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