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Sunday, October 19, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Packers 34, Colts 14


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Green Bay did exactly what it needed to against resurgent Indianapolis: Control the time of possession and let the Colts self-destruct.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy actually called more running plays (21) than passes (20) in the first half at Lambeau Field. More importantly, Green Bay limited the chances for Colts quarterback Peyton Manning by holding onto the ball for 20:25 of the first half.

In building a steady lead, the Packers' defense was able to sell out against the pass. Safeties Nick Collins and Aaron Rouse both returned interceptions for touchdowns, and overall the Colts committed 12 penalties.

Tailback Ryan Grant produced his first 100-yard game of the season. But perhaps the best news for Green Bay is that Grant -- who was slowed earlier this season by a hamstring injury -- has now carried 64 times in the past two games. He'll have the bye week to rest up and conceivably provide the Packers a consistent weapon for the rest of the season.