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Monday, September 8, 2008
Packers miss chance to pad lead in first half


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- New Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is making a good impression in his first NFL start, but it will be interesting to see if a decision by his head coach will come back to haunt the team.

Rodgers completed 12 of 16 passes for 139 yards in the first half tonight against the Vikings while also scrambling four times for 35 yards. He was running an excellent two-minute drill at the end of the half and seemed to have the Packers in position for their third score before the drive bogged down at the 16-yard line.

Following Packers coach Mike McCarthy allowed the clock to run from about 20 seconds to three before a third-down play at the Vikings' 15-yard line. Had he called an immediate timeout, the Packers would have had time to take at least one shot into the end zone.

Instead, McCarthy settled for a 42-yard field goal attempt. Mason Crosby's kick was so low it grazed the hand of Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin and did not advance beyond the line of scrimmage. The block left the Packers hanging on to a 10-3 lead at halftime.