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(Sunday, September 19th)
Final Score: Green Bay 34, Buffalo 7
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Green Bay to a 34-7 triumph over Buffalo at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers connected on 19-of-29 throws, with four going to Jermichael Finley for 103 yards, as the Packers (2-0) tallied 21 unanswered second-half points to win their fourth straight home opener and fifth straight home game.
Clay Matthews recorded three sacks for a second straight week for a defense that limited the Bills to 186 total yards.
"It felt great," Matthews said of becoming the first Packer to record back-to- back three sack games since the statistic became official in 1982. "Any time you can get six sacks in the first two games, it's a team effort. It was fun to be able to confuse the quarterback and get some pressure on him like we did today."
Trent Edwards was pressured all day and completed 11-of-18 passes for 102 yards and was intercepted twice. Marshawn Lynch carried 17 times for 64 yards for the Bills (0-2), who lost their second straight visit to the legendary venue.
"It's kind of similar to what we went through last week," Edwards said in referring to Buffalo's 15-10 defeat to Miami in the season opener. "We got in a situation where we weren't running what we wanted to run, we weren't getting in rhythm, we weren't converting on third downs, weren't getting first downs and we put our defense in a tough spot."
Mason Crosby's 44-yard field goal put the Packers ahead 3:11 into the game, capping an eight-play, 40-yard drive.
The Packers moved to the Bills' six-yard line before their next possession stalled, and Crosby came on to boot a 24-yarder to make it 6-0 halfway through the first quarter. The key advance on the six-play, 43-yard drive was a 34- yard catch and run by Finley.
After a second straight three-and-out by the Bills, Brandon Jackson banged his way into the end zone from a yard out with 11 seconds left in the opening quarter to cap off an 11-play, 72-yard drive that chewed 5:51 off the clock. Rodgers' 12-yard scramble on 3rd-and-10 kept the drive going and set up the game's first touchdown.
The Bills, who had zero yards offensively in the first quarter, then answered with an eight-play, 80-yard march. Fred Jackson capped the drive with a three- yard scoring run around left end that cut the deficit to 13-7 with just under 11 minutes left in the half.
After the remainder of the half went scoreless, Brandon Chillar picked off Edwards in the early portion of the second half and brought the ball to the Bills' 39. Greg Jennings' twisting 17-yard catch on third down kept the Packers' drive going, and Rodgers eventually hit Donald Driver from eight yards out for a touchdown and a 13-point lead with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third.
Following a Buffalo punt, the Packers started at their own 36. Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for 15 yards and Finley for 22 on consecutive plays to get to the Bills' 20. Four plays later, Rodgers scampered around right end nine yards into the end zone to cap off a seven-play, 64-yard drive and make it a 27-7 contest with two minutes remaining in the period.
Rookie Morgan Burnett recorded another interception for the Packers' defense, as he tumbled to the ground with Bills receiver Roscoe Parrish at the Green Bay 48 just under a minute into the final stanza, leading to another score.
Rodgers hooked up with Finley on third down to just get the necessary 15 yards needed to keep the drive going at the Buffalo 42. After John Kuhn rumbled for 10 yards and recovered his own fumble at the 30, Rodgers found James Jones for a 30-yard score to put the game out of reach with 11:41 to play.
"It was definitely a better decision-making day for me," said Rodgers in comparing his performance to his outing against Philadelphia the week before. "The second half was more the way I'm capable of playing and the rhythm I feel like I should be playing with. It's tough to win in this league, anytime you get a win 34-7, it looks good but again, we feel like we can play better in this offense."
Brandon Jackson finished with 29 yards on 11 carries in his first start since 2007 filling in for Ryan Grant, who is sidelined for the season...Kuhn led the Packers with 36 rushing yards on nine totes...Jennings caught three passes for 36 yards while Nelson made three grabs for 32...Fred Jackson ran nine times for 39 yards for Buffalo, which leads the all-time series, 7-4...Rookie C.J. Spiller was the Bills leading receiver with four catches for 23 yards...Lee Evans, who had made a catch in 90 of his last 91 games, was held without a catch for Buffalo...The Bills have gone 56 consecutive games without their quarterback throwing for 300 yards since J.P. Losman threw for 340 yards against the Houston Texans on November 19, 2006.
09/19 17:37:50 ET