Texans' Brock Osweiler scrambles to get away from Green Bay
Packers' Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of an NFL
football game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers
threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers
pulled away from the Houston Texans with two fourth-quarter
touchdowns for a 21-13 win Sunday to get back to .500.
The Packers (6-6) weathered snowy conditions at Lambeau Field,
making just enough plays on the cold turf to even their record for
the first time since they were 4-4 after losing to Indianapolis on
"Well, that was a good bad-weather win. A lot of fun to play in that
type of atmosphere in Lambeau Field," coach Mike McCarthy said.
Brock Osweiler connected with DeAndre Hopkins for a 44-yard
touchdown pass with 1:51 left to get within eight for Houston. Nick
Novak missed the extra point, with footing slippery at Lambeau.
The Texans (6-6) had one last shot after the Packers failed to run
out the clock. But Osweiler's last-ditch pass-and-lateral play from
Houston's 12 with 4 seconds left failed, handing Houston its third
The Texans are tied with idle Tennessee and a half-game ahead of
Indianapolis, which plays the New York Jets on Monday night, for the
AFC South lead.
"We're at a tough stretch right now, three in a row," Texans coach
Bill O'Brien said. "Played OK at times, but obviously not good
enough to win."
Packers' Aaron Rodgers throws from the end zone during the
The Packers broke a 7-all tie when
Rodgers found Jordy Nelson open in the end zone for a 32-yard
touchdown pass with 12:42 left after Texans cornerback Charles James
slipped on the turf.
Nelson, who missed last season with a knee injury, finished with
eight catches for 118 yards.
"I don't know how much more Jordy needs to prove," McCarthy said.
"He's going through what every great player goes through in that
first year back from major injury."
Aaron Ripkowski's 3-yard touchdown run with 4:11 left proved to be
the decisive score for Green Bay, which has won two straight
following a four-game losing streak.
Hopkins finished with just two catches for 55 yards for the Texans.
Texans' Brock Osweiler runs for a first down during the first
Rodgers was 20 of 30. He looked OK after being limited in practice
with a left hamstring injury, taking off for a couple runs, though
he didn't seem to have his usual mobility on the slippery turf.
Rodgers didn't face much pressure in the first half against a
Houston defense minus injured end Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans
started getting more pressure on Rodgers in the second half.
On a snowy day, Rodgers didn't eclipse 100-yards passing until late
in the third quarter.
Osweiler has faced heat for the Texans' offensive struggles this
season. He was composed in the second half in leading Houston on
10-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to
Ryan Griffin on fourth-and-1 to tie it at 7 with 7:32 left in the
Osweiler finished 21 of 34 for 213 yards.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers scrambles during the second half.
Randall Cobb had fun in the snow. The wide receiver did a snow angel
in the end zone after a sliding, 9-yard touchdown catch in the
second quarter that gave the Packers a 7-0 lead.
The Texans came up with two big fourth-down plays, one on each side
of the ball. Linebacker Brian Cushing stopped Ripkowski on
fourth-and-2 from the Texans 48 for a 2-yard gain with 6:09 left.
On the previous series, Griffin did a Lambeau Leap into the waiting
arms of a group of Texans fans after his 6-yard touchdown catch on
fourth-and-1 finished a 10-play, 63-yard drive.
Julius Peppers still packs a pass-rushing punch for the Packers. A
sack of Osweiler on second-and-1 at the Houston 41 with 56 seconds
left in the second quarter gave the 15-year veteran 142 1/2 for his
career, snapping a tie for fifth on the career list with Michael
Strahan. Chris Doleman is fourth on that list with 150 1/2.
Peppers has sacks in three straight games. The Packers have been
trying to limit his snaps this season, at least when their once-deep
pool of pass rushers hasn't been depleted by injuries.
Texans: WR Braxton Miller left with a shoulder injury after being
driven to the cold turf by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the second
Packers: LB Jake Ryan left for a few series in the first half after
appearing to aggravate an ankle injury that kept him out the
previous two weeks. ... LB Nick Perry, who leads the team with eight
sacks, returned with his left hand heavily wrapped after missing
most of the first half with the injury.