NFL Game Summary - Baltimore at Green Bay
(Monday, December 7th)
Final Score: Green Bay 27, Baltimore 14
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 263 yards and three
scores, and Green Bay overcame an abundance of penalties to beat Baltimore,
27-14, at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers connected on 26-of-40 passes and was picked off twice for the Packers
(8-4), who are two games behind Minnesota for the lead in the NFC North. Green
Bay is also tied with Philadelphia for the lead in the conference's wild card
standings, a game ahead of the New York Giants.
Jermichael Finley had seven receptions for 79 yards and a pair of scores for
the Packers, who posted their fourth straight win.
The teams combined for 310 penalty yards, tied for second-most in NFL history
with 175 coming from the Packers on 11 infractions. Baltimore was given 12
"It was a real up-and-down game and we had to deal with all the penalties,"
said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "I was very impressed with the way we
overcame adversity. This is a big step for our football team."
Joe Flacco connected on 15-of-36 passes for 137 yards with a touchdown, but
was intercepted three times for the Ravens (6-6), who fell into a tie with the
Steelers for second place in the AFC North, three games behind Cincinnati.
Jacksonville is on top of the wild card standings with a 7-5 mark, while the
Ravens are in the playoff mix with a record identical to Miami, the New York
Jets and Pittsburgh.
Down 17-0, the Ravens scored a pair of touchdowns in a 30-second span late in
the third quarter, only to have the Packers stem the tide when Rodgers threw a
19-yard touchdown pass to Finley early in the fourth.
Packers wide receiver Donald Driver fumbled after making a catch in Baltimore
territory early in the third, and the Ravens finally cracked the scoreboard on
their ensuing possession. Flacco rolled to his right and threw to the end zone
where Kelley Washington made a sliding grab on the right side for a 12-yard
score with 3:28 remaining in the period. The Packers challenged the ruling
that Washington was not in bounds, but the move backfired.
Green Bay fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but recovered and Rodgers was picked
off on the next play by linebacker Jarret Johnson. A pass interference call in
the end zone on cornerback Tramon Williams put the ball at the one and Willis
McGahee scored off right tackle two plays later for a 17-14 margin.
The Packers' Mason Crosby was wide right on a 38-yard field goal attempt two
plays into the fourth quarter.
The Ravens had a 46-yard reception by Derrick Mason wiped out moments later
thanks to his offensive pass interference call for pushing off Charles
Green Bay then took command by getting the ball near midfield after a
Baltimore punt. Rodgers connected with Finley on a 19-yard TD pass over the
middle with 10 1/2 minutes left.
The Ravens had a golden opportunity to get back in the game as Lardarius Webb
returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards and Baltimore was given the ball at the
one after a pass interference call. But on 2nd-and-goal, Flacco rolled to his
right and threw back across his body to the end zone, but Williams came up
with the interception with 8:46 left.
"I think it was a stupid decision and an even worse throw," admitted Flacco.
"They're a good defense, but we got back in the game and I made a mistake you
The next time Baltimore got the ball, Flacco was picked off on the first play,
this time by A.J. Hawk. That led to Crosby's 32-yard field goal with 1:56
Crosby split the uprights from 28 yards out to end the game's opening drive
and Ray Rice fumbled the ball away on Baltimore's first possession. But
Rodgers was picked off by Tom Zbikowski just three plays later.
The turnovers continued to pile up, as Flacco was picked off by Nick Collins
the next time Baltimore had the ball.
The Packers extended their lead to 10-0 with 4:35 left in the half thanks to
Rodgers' two-yard touchdown throw to Finley. That capped an eight-play, 83-
Following another Baltimore punt, Green Bay moved the ball 68 yards in eight
plays with Rodgers finishing it with an eight-yard scoring connection to
Driver, who made the catch on the left side of the field and eluded a tackler
before diving into the end zone with 32 seconds left in the half.
"God blessed me with big hands and it helped getting used to playing in cold
weather last year. We just needed to get back on track and execute after I
turned the ball over twice," said Rodgers. "We have to take things one game at
a time, but I like the roll we're on right now."
Green Bay plays at Chicago Sunday, while the Ravens host Detroit...The Ravens
played without two of their defensive stalwarts, as linebacker Terrell Suggs
and safety Ed Reed were inactive due to injury. Tampa Bay and Seattle also had
310 penalty yards in a 1976 contest. The record is 374 yards, between Chicago
and Cleveland on November 25, 1951.
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