Packers' Aaron Rodgers reacts during the first half an NFL
football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015,
in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron
Rodgers' remarkable run of mistake-free football at home is over.
Green Bay, though, is still perfect this season.
A relentless defense helped the Packers overcome an unusually
average day from their MVP quarterback.
Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and 241 yards, and the defense had
three sacks and four interceptions to hold off the St. Louis Rams
for a 24-10 victory on Sunday.
"Good team win today, start with the defense," coach Mike McCarthy
said. "I thought they were clearly the key to our victory."
Rodgers was 19 of 30 with long scoring strikes to receivers Ty
Montgomery and James Jones for the Packers (5-0).
But NFL-record streaks of 587 pass attempts and 49 touchdown passes
at home without an interception for Rodgers ended in the first
quarter on linebacker James Laurinaitis' diving pick of a tipped
ball for the Rams (2-3).
Rodgers threw another interception in the second quarter before
losing a fumble in the third on a sack.
"All of them," Rodgers said when asked which turnover bothered him
The Rams defense heeded coach Jeff Fisher's advice to get their
hands on the football.
"How long has it been since Aaron's thrown an interception here?
Five-hundred attempts," Fisher asked.
The Packers defense was still better.
Packers' Mike Daniels (76) and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix stop St. Louis
Rams' Todd Gurley (30) during the first half.
Relentless pressure on quarterback Nick
Foles helped keep the Packers unbeaten. Foles' four interceptions
were a career-worst, with two in the fourth quarter inside the
"I've got to make better decisions to give my teammates an
opportunity to make a play," Foles said.
Rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins returned an interception 45 yards
for a touchdown for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and picked off
another pass at the 7 with 23 seconds left. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
intercepted a tipped pass in the end zone on third-and-goal at the
Greg Zuerlein was 1 for 4 on field-goal tries, hitting from 42 but
missing his other three attempts, all coming from at least 50 yards.
One kick in the second half was blocked by Datone Jones.
Packers' Quinten Rollins (24) runs back an interception for a
touchdown during the first half.
The mistakes wasted another strong
effort for Rams rookie Todd Gurley, who for the second straight week
had his best production, with 159 yards rushing on 30 carries. He
dented a defense that had held opposing starting running backs to an
average of 36 yards on 11 attempts the previous three games.
"We're running the football right now. We're 1-1 since Todd's got
his opportunity, so we just need to keep improving," Fisher said.
But a week after defeating previously unbeaten Arizona, the Rams
couldn't repeat the feat on a warm fall afternoon in Green Bay.
Foles was 11 of 30 for 141 yards and a touchdown. His longest
completion came on a 68-yarder to Stedman Bailey late in the fourth
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks to St. Louis Rams
quarterback Nick Foles before an NFL football game Sunday, Oct.
11, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
Otherwise, the Packers' pass rush
overwhelmed an inexperienced offensive line that lost veteran guard
Rodger Saffold in the first quarter to a shoulder injury.
The defense held up in spite of losing tackle B.J. Raji to a groin
injury and linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder). Guard T.J. Lang also
left in the first quarter with a knee injury.
Star linebacker Clay Matthews set the tone with 1 1/2 sacks and
several other trips into the backfield. Mike Daniels led the charge
on the defensive line with eight tackles. Safeties Clinton-Dix and
Micah Hyde more than made up for the loss of Morgan Burnett, who
missed a third straight game with a calf injury.
"It still is an offensive team, but it's nice when the defense can
hold their own, especially in the last couple of weeks when
opposition is having a big defense and maybe our offense isn't
clicking," Matthews said.
NOTES: James Jones' 65-yard TD catch at 12:41 of the third
quarter was Green Bay's longest offensive play of the season and
gave the Packers a 21-10 lead. .... The Packers had their first
four-interception game since Sept. 13, 2012 in a game against
Chicago. ... Laurinaitis finished with a team-high eight tackles.
... CB Trumaine Johnson had the Rams' other interception