Two big drives for offense to finish

October, 13, 2013
10/13/13
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BALTIMORE -- When the Green Bay Packers needed two clock-eating drives to prevent the Baltimore Ravens from mounting a serious comeback on Sunday, their offense delivered.

Despite its obvious shortcomings after receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones were lost to injuries in the first half, the Packers came up with important drives to help seal a 19-17 road victory over the defending Super Bowl champs.

After Baltimore cut the Packers' lead to 16-10 on quarterback Joe Flacco's 11-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones with 11:52 remaining, the Packers answered with a 12-play, 72-yard drive that chewed up more than 7 minutes. It ended with a 31-yard Mason Crosby field goal to push the lead back to nine points.

On that drive, the Packers converted a pair of third downs -- a 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson on third-and-1 and a 3-yard run by Eddie Lacy on third-and-2 -- to keep the drive alive.

The Ravens answered with another touchdown, and the onus was back on the Packers offense with 2:04 remaining. A pair of runs by Lacy left the Packers in a critical third-and-3 from their own 27-yard line with 1:53 to play. Fail to convert there, and the Ravens would get the ball back needing only a field goal to take the lead.

“I was about 99 percent going to (tight end) Jermichael (Finley) on that one,” Rodgers said.

Sure enough, Finley ran a shallow crossing route, caught Rodgers' pass and took off. He ran down the left sideline for 52 yards. The only problem was Finley went out of bounds to stop the clock with 1:42 remaining.

“J-Mike ran a great route, unfortunately [he] ran out of bounds,” Rodgers said. “But it gave Eddie a chance to finish it off.”

Lacy ran three straight times, capping it off with a 4-yard gain on third-and-2 -- at the end of which he smartly slid to keep the clock running -- that essentially ended the game.

In the press box, Packers general manager Ted Thompson slammed his fist on the counter in front of him with excitement after Lacy's game-clinching run.

“I figured we were going to have to get one first down to win the game no matter what, and we did that,” Packers left guard Josh Sitton said of the final drive. “That's extremely satisfying. We take pride in that. Eddie's done a hell of a job just pounding that ball. He gets in there and fights for yards, we're definitely happy with the way we ended the game.”

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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