NFL Game Summary - Arizona at Green Bay
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: Green Bay 31, Arizona 17
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes,
two to Randall Cobb, as the Green Bay Packers kept their winning streak going
with a 31-17 victory over the reeling Arizona Cardinals.
Rodgers only completed 14-of-30 passes for 218 yards with an interception, but
connected with Tom Crabtree on a crucial 72-yard score after the Cardinals
pulled within seven late in the third quarter.
Green Bay had a rare advantage in the running game, outgaining Arizona,
176-54, on the ground.
The Packers (6-3) head into their much-needed bye week riding a four-game win
streak. Already without several key players due to injury, Green Bay saw
linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), wide receiver Jordy Nelson (ankle) and
offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (hip) all exit early.
Arizona (4-5) is also off next week, but it must recover from a different kind
of ailment -- a debilitating five-game skid after starting the season 4-0.
"If you look at the five games that we've lost, the one thing that's
consistent is that we've had opportunities to make plays and we haven't done
it," Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It's like a broken record."
John Skelton was 23-of-46 through the air for 306 yards with an interception
and a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald in defeat.
Early in the third quarter, the Packers settled for a 33-yard Mason Crosby
field goal after Erik Walden intercepted a tipped pass.
The kick gave Green Bay a seemingly comfortable 24-7 lead, but Skelton and the
Cardinals responded with 10 straight points to make it a one-possession game.
Fitzgerald finished an 8-play, 87-yard drive by breaking several tackles en
route to a 31-yard touchdown.
Another promising Arizona drive stalled inside the red zone, and Jay Feely
booted a 20-yarder to pull within 24-17 in the final minute of the third.
The Packers answered with their longest play of the season two snaps later.
Crabtree ran a delayed seam route out of the backfield and was somehow left
uncovered. Rodgers hit the tight end in stride, and Crabtree did the rest,
sprinting untouched for a 72-yard score to stop the Cardinals' momentum.
Arizona went three-and-out on its first two possessions of the fourth quarter,
and Skelton's incompletion on 4th-and-3 with just over two minutes remaining
essentially sealed the outcome.
Rodgers did it all in the first half as he showed off his precision passing
and scrambling ability while even recovering a James Starks fumble deep in
The mobile quarterback ran for a 25-yard gain on Green Bay's first scoring
drive and picked up nine more with his legs on 3rd-and-8 from the Arizona 18.
On 3rd-and-goal from the 13, Rodgers threw a quick slant to Cobb, who used two
blocks from his fellow receivers, spun off a defender inside the five and
broke the plane with 5:31 remaining in the first quarter.
Rodgers was credited with an interception on the first play of the second
quarter when Cardinals cornerback William Gay wrestled the ball away from Cobb
after the ball bounced off the receiver's chest.
On the first play after the turnover, Skelton hit Andre Roberts for a 40-yard
gain down to the Green Bay three, and LaRod Stephens-Howling bounced outside
two plays later for a 1-yard TD run.
The Packers responded with a 12-play, 80-yard march, capped by Cobb making an
over-the-shoulder catch in the right side of the end zone.
James Jones scored just after the two-minute warning, as he jumped over rookie
cornerback Jamell Fleming and hauled in Rodgers' 28-yard toss near the left
pylon for a 21-7 lead heading into the break. Rodgers kept that drive alive by
diving head-first to corral Starks' fumble at the 32-yard line.
"That was probably my best play of the game," Rodgers said. "I saw the ball
come out, and it was like slow motion for me. I saw the ball and tried to get
in position to scoop and cover."
Rodgers' interception was his first in 131 attempts ... Jones has eight
touchdown catches this season. He came in tied for the league lead with Rob
Gronkowski, Victor Cruz and A.J. Green ... Cobb caught three passes for 37
yards, added 29 yards on three rushes and had 136 yards on punt and kickoff
returns ... Starks had a team-high 61 rushing yards on 17 carries ... The
Packers played without wide receiver Greg Jennings (abdominal), running back
Cedric Benson (foot), defensive back Charles Woodson (collarbone) and
defensive end Jerel Worthy (concussion) ... Stephens-Howling logged 51 yards
on 17 carries ...Fitzgerald finished with six catches for 74 yards.
11/04 18:22:40 ET
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