Final

Jaguars 15

(1-6, 1-3 away)

Packers 24

(5-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 28, 2012

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 3 9 0 315
GB 7 7 0 1024

Top Performers

Passing: B. Gabbert (JAX) - 303 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Jennings (JAX) - 17 CAR, 59 YDS

Receiving: C. Shorts III (JAX) - 8 REC, 116 YDS

Aaron Rodgers leads injury-depleted Packers to 3rd straight win

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay blowout just about everyone had expected never materialized.

Aaron Rodgers connected with Donald Driver for a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Mason Crosby made up for an earlier miss with a 25-yard field goal and Green Bay escaped with a surprisingly tough 24-15 victory Sunday over the NFL's worst team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"It was definitely a grind-it-out type victory today," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Not a real pretty one, either. Still, it gave the Packers (5-3) a third straight victory.

"It's good to be on this side of an ugly win," Rodgers said. "The way we played on offense, especially the last couple weeks, the expectations were we were going to come out and maybe blow them out. But we didn't start fast, we didn't have enough juice early on and didn't play well enough on offense to get that done."

Rodgers was 22 of 35 for 186 yards and two touchdowns, which moved him past Bart Starr into second place on the Green Bay career list with 153. Brett Favre holds the Packers record with 442 TDs.

James Jones had seven catches for 31 yards, and Green Bay's special teams chipped in with yet another score, recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown for the first time in 22 years. Davon House blocked Bryan Anger's kick in the second quarter, and the ball rolled around until Dezman Moses fell on it in the end zone.

"You never know which play is going to be the play that determines the game," Moses said. "It turned out being a lot closer game than we expected. So all those plays count, and that was definitely a big one."

The Jaguars (1-6) are the NFL's worst team even when they have Maurice Jones-Drew. With their best player out because of a foot injury and Blaine Gabbert nursing an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Jacksonville figured to be an easy mark for the Packers.

"They're an NFL team, not to get that wrong, but the Jacksonville Jaguars stayed around in Lambeau Field," Jermichael Finley said. "They were supposed to have been under the Frozen Tundra at halftime."

Instead, the Jaguars were in it right until the end.

They put up 341 yards of offense, more than 100 above their average, and got big contributions from Cecil Shorts and Rashad Jennings, Jones-Drew's backup. Jennings rushed for 59 yards and added another 56 yards receiving. Shorts had a career-best 116 yards on eight catches, including a 24-yard reception to set up Josh Scobee's 32-yard field goal that cut Green Bay's lead to 21-15 with 6:50 left.

But Gabbert -- who had his first 300-yard day, going 27 of 49 for 303 yards -- came up empty on key plays of two critical drives in the fourth quarter, and the Jaguars hurt themselves repeatedly with drops and untimely penalties.

"I hate to stand up here again with another loss, but ... there's some positives that we can take from this game," Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey said. "We came into a tough environment and some guys had to step up and make some plays for us. Including our quarterback, which I thought he did."

Green Bay's offense hadn't missed a beat without top receiver Greg Jennings, who will have surgery Tuesday to repair the torn abdominal muscle that has sidelined him for most of the season. Jordy Nelson and James Jones picked up much of the slack, and the emergence of Randall Cobb gave Rodgers yet another weapon.

Nelson was sidelined Sunday by a bad hamstring, however, and losing their two top receivers was almost too much for the Packers.

"We had some tough sledding, particularly early with the no-huddle," McCarthy said. "Our production in the run game needs to improve. We came in here to be a little more balanced run and pass. Statistically we hit that, but the efficiency was not there."

The Packers managed just 238 yards on offense, and were 5 of 13 on third down. The running game was flat, and receivers weren't finding the open spaces they had the last two weeks. Even Rodgers struggled, getting sacked hard on back-to-back drives at the end of the first half and losing the ball on the second hit.

Rodgers appeared to find his groove late in the third quarter with a drive in which he was 5-of-6, including a 9-yard pass to James Jones that put the Packers at the Jaguars 14. Green Bay has been the league's toughest team in the red zone this season, with 18 touchdowns on 25 possessions inside the 20. But the Packers failed to pick up the remaining yard on second and third down, and they were left clinging to a 14-12 lead after Crosby clanged a 32-yard field goal attempt off the right upright.

The defense shut the Jaguars down again -- Jacksonville gained only 108 yards in the second half -- and, this time, the Packers capitalized.

Rodgers found Jones for a 31-yard gain up the middle, then hit Randall Cobb for a short gain. A tripping penalty against the Jaguars gave the Packers the ball at the 4-yard line and, two plays later, Rodgers and Driver connected for the score.

"He's going to make the most of his opportunities," Rodgers said. "We know what we get out of Donald. We know what kind of player he is, what kind of professional. And when he gets opportunities, he's going to make the most of them."

The Jaguars marched to the Green Bay 12, only to stall on back-to-back incompletions by Gabbert. Scobee kicked his third field goal of the day, but then booted the kickoff out of bounds, giving the Packers the ball at their own 40 with less than 7 minutes left. But a quick three-and-out gave the Jaguars the ball back with a chance to make things interesting.

After Gabbert's first two passes to Blackmon from midfield fell incomplete, they finally connected on the third try for a 6-yard gain. They went for it on fourth down, but the only player who got near the ball was Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams.

"We did some good things offensively," Gabbert said. "But when you get in the red zone three times and only come away with one touchdown, you're not going to win many games."

Game notes


Scobee has now made 20 straight field goals, tying Mike Hollis' franchise record. ... The blocked punt was the first by the Packers since Sept. 29, 2003, and first returned for a touchdown since Dec. 2, 1990. ... Driver appeared in his 200th regular season game, joining Favre as the only Packers to accomplish the milestone. Driver is the 22nd wide receiver in the NFL to play in 200 games. ... Packers DE Jerel Worthy left the game with a concussion. DE Mike Neal injured his ankle. ... After just five sacks in their first six games, the Jaguars got to Rodgers twice.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
GB
1st Downs1820
Passing 1st downs
149
Rushing 1st downs
15
1st downs from penalties
36
3rd down efficiency
5-165-13
4th down efficiency
0-20-1
Total Plays7164
Total Yards341238
Yards per play4.83.7
Total Drives1314
Passing279172
Comp-Att
27-4922-36
Yards per pass
5.54.5
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-242-14
Rushing6266
Rushing Attempts
2026
Yards per rush
3.12.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties7-775-33
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession30:4829:12

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Gabbert27/493036.2102-24
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers22/351865.3202-14
Masthay0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jennings17593.5021
Parmele231.502
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green22542.507
Starks188.008

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shorts III811614.5035
Blackmon46716.8036
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones77811.1031
Green4287.0012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJAXGB
jaxFG8:27Josh Scobee 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yds, 3:36
30
gbTD3:02Randall Cobb 5 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 5:29
37
SECOND QUARTERJAXGB
gbTD8:58Dezman Moses Recovery of Blocked Punt (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 17 yds, 1:50
314
jaxFG1:07Josh Scobee 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yds, 1:32
614
jaxTD0:21Guy Whimper 1 Yard Pass From Blaine Gabbert (Blaine Gabbert Pass to Justin Blackmon For Two-Point Conversion )
Drive info: 5 plays, 13 yds, 0:35
1214
FOURTH QUARTERJAXGB
gbTD12:39Donald Driver 4 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 52 yds, 2:42
1221
jaxFG6:55Josh Scobee 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yds, 5:46
1521
gbFG0:31Mason Crosby 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yds, 2:27
1524

Research Notes

Cecil Shorts III caught eight of his 11 targets for 116 yards on Sunday, the second-highest receiving yards total by a Jaguars receiver since the start of the 2011 season. The last time a Jaguars receiver had more than 11 targets in a game was Week 2 of 2010, when Mike Sims-Walker caught 10-of-12 targets for 105 yards against the Chargers
Aaron Rodgers completed both of his throws into the end zone on Sunday, connecting with Randall Cobb and Donald Driver for touchdown passes. Rodgers is 14-of-22 on throws into the end zone this season, leading the league with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions for an NFL-best +14 TD-Int differential.

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