NFL Game Summary - Denver at Green Bay
(Sunday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Green Bay 49, Denver 23
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 408
yards and four scores and added two touchdowns on the ground as the Green Bay
Packers routed the Denver Broncos, 49-23.
Greg Jennings caught seven balls for 103 yards and a score, while Jordy Nelson
added 91 yards receiving and a touchdown on five catches for the Packers
James Starks ran for 63 yards on 13 carries in the victory.
"I thought our tempo offensively was a little bit slow today," Rodgers said.
"We had some good openings, and we got things going but I thought our tempo
was a little bit slower than maybe we'd like, kind of in-and-out of the
huddle. The big turning point of the game was obviously the end of the second
quarter and into the third quarter where we scored in the two-minute drive,
got the ball and sustained about a six and a half minute drive I think and
Kyle Orton went 22-of-32 for 273 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos
(1-3), but threw three interceptions.
Brandon Lloyd led all receivers with 136 yards on eight catches, while Eric
Decker added two touchdowns and 56 yards on five grabs.
Willis McGahee gained 103 yards on the ground on 15 rushes.
"I thought our offense was pretty impressive other than the turnovers,"
Broncos coach John Fox said. "It just wasn't our quarterback, it was all of
us. When you play a team like the Green Bay Packers and you give up an onside
kick and have the takeaways, you are not going to fare very well, and we
didn't. We haven't played a team like this to date, and they are pretty
The Broncos marched 78 yards on 12 plays on their second possession, and Matt
Prater booted a 27-yard field goal to give Denver a 3-0 lead. Lloyd caught
four balls for 35 yards, while McGahee added a 28-yard run on the drive.
The Packers responded by scoring 21 straight points.
Rodgers connected with Nelson on a deep pass down the middle for a 50-yard
score, while Charles Woodson returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown
to make it 14-3.
Green Bay then recovered the onsides kickoff. Rodgers scampered for an 11-yard
score early in the second quarter to conclude a seven-play, 53-yard drive to
make it 21-3.
Orton found Lloyd twice more for 62 yards on Denver's ensuing possession,
before Decker found the end zone for a five-yard score to cap off a four-play
Later on in the quarter, Decker pulled down his second touchdown, this time
a 33-yard catch to make it 21-17.
The Packers answered and went 80 yards in 2:57 to put another touchdown on the
board with 24 seconds left until halftime. Rodgers found Jennings on a short
slant for a 17-yard score. The Green Bay signal caller threw for 227 yards and
two scores on 16-of-21 passing in the first half.
Rodgers continued to pick apart the Broncos defense to start the third as he
led the Packers 80 yards in 12 plays for another touchdown. He finished off
the possession with an eight-yard touchdown run.
The Broncos were driving deep in Packers territory on their ensuing
possession, but Daniel Fells put the ball on the ground after a 22-yard
reception. Desmond Bishop stripped him from behind, and Morgan Burnett
recovered the loose ball at the four. Rodgers made the Broncos pay as he
hooked up with James Jones on a 16-yard score to make it 42-17.
Rodgers threw his fourth touchdown pass in the fourth to make it 49-17, this
time connecting with Donald Driver from eight yards out.
Orton found Fells for a seven-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to
conclude the scoring. The Broncos were unable to convert the two-point
With the win the Packers took a 6-5-1 lead in the all-time series against the
Broncos...Rodgers is 13-1 in his past 14 starts at home...Woodson added to his
franchise record 10 defensive touchdowns. His nine interception touchdowns
since the start of 2006 are the most in the NFL...Green Bay has won its past
10 games, including the postseason...Green Bay's 49 points were the most
scored in a regular-season game since the Packers posted 52 points vs. New
Orleans on October 9, 2005.
10/02 21:22:07 ET
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