BALTIMORE - For much of the afternoon, Aaron Rodgers was ducking
oncoming linemen and misconnecting with hurried throws.
it counted, however, Rodgers came up with the big plays.
Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, Eddie
Lacy ran for 120 yards and Mason Crosby kicked four field goals
as the Green Bay Packers beat the Baltimore Ravens 19-17 on
Rodgers went 17 for 32 for 315 yards with one touchdown and
one interception. He played most of the game without two of his
top three receivers — James Jones hurt his left knee on a
first-quarter play, and Randall Cobb left for good after being
struck on his right knee on a tackle by Matt Elam.
And still, Rodgers was magnificent.
His 64-yarder to Nelson gave Green Bay a 16-3 lead late in
the third quarter. After the Ravens closed to 19-17 on an
18-yard touchdown catch by Dallas Clark with 2:04 remaining,
Rodgers clinched the victory with a 52-yard completion to
Jermichael Finley on a third-and-3.
Rodgers completed only seven passes after halftime, yet those
plays totaled 199 yards.
"Days like today remind you of why you love this game so
much," Rodgers said. "Offensively, we're struggling a little
bit, but we found a way to make enough plays to win."
The Ravens (3-3) had won 13 straight at home against NFC
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) loses control of the
ball on a sack by Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Elvis
Dumervil during the first half.
"Aaron made some really good plays out of the pocket in the
second half," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "Early, he
held it and took some sacks. Later, he held it and found some
Rodgers received ample aid from a depleted defense. Despite
playing without injured linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad
Jones, the Packers limited Baltimore to 47 yards rushing and
registered five sacks, including three by A.J. Hawk.
"It's kind of been our motto for a long time around here:
'Next man up.' We have to make it work," Hawk said. "We had a
lot of young guys out there today who really did a good job."
It all added up to Green Bay's first road win following
losses at San Francisco and Cincinnati.
"It's important to win on the road in this league if you want
to make the playoffs," Rodgers said. "This was a tough
environment. This is a team that's defending champs, a football
team that's very well-coached, great players on both sides of
the ball. This is a great team character-building win."
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco passes the ball during the
Green Bay went up 9-0 in the third quarter when Crosby kicked
a 50-yard field goal to cap a drive that featured a 43-yard pass
play from Rodgers to Jarrett Boykin.
Baltimore answered with its first score, a 23-yard field goal
by Justin Tucker following a 59-yard completion from Joe Flacco
to rookie Marlon Brown.
Harassed and hurried for much of the afternoon, Rodgers
finally came up with a signature moment. He started to his left,
then rolled right before lofting a perfect spiral to Nelson, who
had gotten behind Lardarius Webb.
Down 16-3, the Ravens began playing with a sense of urgency.
Flacco directed a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended with an
11-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones with 11:52 remaining.
Jones, who missed the previous four weeks with a knee injury,
finished with two catches for 42 yards and had a 35-yard kickoff
Looking to enhance Green Bay's 16-10 lead, Rodgers and the
Packers held onto the ball for just over 7½ minutes before
Crosby kicked a 31-yard field goal with 4:17 remaining.
It turned out to be the game-winner.
Green Bay Packers
running back Eddie Lacy (27) is brought to a sudden stop
during the first half.
Flacco went 20 for 34 for 342 yards and got no help from the
running game — Ray Rice finished with 34 yards on 14 carries and
was stuffed three straight times inside the 5 during the second
"We've got to be better on first and second down," Flacco
Baltimore accumulated only 36 yards of offense during the
first quarter, zero on the ground.
In the second quarter, a peculiar sequence of events began
when Green Bay's Ryan Taylor blocked a punt. The ball bounced
beyond the line of scrimmage, was touched by John Kuhn of the
Packers and recovered by Baltimore at its own 41-yard line. The
Ravens subsequently got a first-and-goal at the Green Bay 4, but
four straight runs failed to get the ball into the end zone.
Late in the half, Flacco was sacked and lost the ball. Green
Bay's Datone Jones recovered and Crosby connected on a 31-yard
field goal as time expired for a 6-0 lead.
Notes: Green Bay leads the series, 4-1. Baltimore's only win
was 48-3 in 2005. ... Baltimore placed LT Bryant McKinnie on the
inactive list. Eugene Monroe replaced him as a starter and made
his Ravens debut. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs had his run of
five straight games with a sack end. But he had 10 tackles to
move into second on the Ravens' career list, behind only Ray
The Green Bay
Packers lost receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones to leg
injuries in the first half at Baltimore on Sunday.
appeared to hurt his left knee on a pass play in the first
quarter. He limped off the field and the Packers called it a
team's best breakaway threat at the position, was injured when
he was struck in the right leg on a tackle by safety Matt Elam
near the end of the half.
quarterback Matt Schaub left against the St. Louis Rams in the
third quarter with an apparent right ankle injury. Schaub was
injured when he was sacked by Chris Long late in the third
quarter. He remained on the turf for a few minutes before
trainers helped him as he hobbled off the field.
Gary Kubiak didn't have many details on Schaub's injury after
the game, saying only: "Matt's got a little bit of
everything on that one leg."
Keshawn Martin injured a shoulder and safety Danieal Manning
damaged his right knee.
defensive end Calais Campbell was carted off the field at San
Francisco with an apparent right leg injury. Campbell was hurt
when his leg buckled beneath him as he helped bring down Frank
Gore on a 1-yard gain late in the game.
the field with movement and the feeling was coming back,"
coach Bruce Arians said. "He had numbness. It was
precautionary (carting him off)."
spokesman Mark Dalton said on Twitter that Campbell "was
taken to a Bay Area hospital to undergo precautionary MRI and
CT scans. Initial results have been positive and he will
continue to be evaluated."
lost nose tackle Glenn Dorsey in the first quarter with a
right hamstring injury. He is the Niners' second injured nose
tackle after starter Ian Williams went down with a
season-ending broken ankle in a Week 2 loss at Seattle.
England Patriots lost four players to injuries in their 30-27
win over the New Orleans Saints.
defensive back, Aqib Talib, left with a hip injury in the
third quarter. Late in the period, wide receiver Danny
Amendola got up slowly and didn't return after being hit in
the head following a reception that was nullified by a
penalty. In the fourth quarter, their top linebacker, Jerod
Mayo, was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury.
Starting offensive guard Dan Connolly also missed the rest of
the game after a head injury.
Saints, star tight end Jimmy Graham limped off the field late
in the third quarter but returned.
running back DeMarco Murray and defensive end DeMarcus Ware
left the game against Washington because of injuries.
in the second quarter with a sprained left knee, and Ware had
a right quad injury.
linebacker Bryan Kehl was ruled out with a sprained left knee,
and cornerback David Amerson had a concussion.
lost safety Harrison Smith (turf toe, left foot), cornerback
Xavier Rhodes (sprained right ankle) and linebacker Desmond
Bishop (sprained right knee) in their loss to Carolina.
They'll have MRIs on Monday.
backs Bilal Powell (shoulder) and Mike Goodson (knee), wide
receiver Clyde Gates (shoulder), and cornerback Kyle Wilson
(head) all left and didn't return in their loss to the
Steelers. Also in that game, Steelers TE David Johnson left in
the first quarter with an injured left wrist and didn't
Raiders were running out of offensive lineman after backup
center Andre Gurode and right tackle Tony Pashos left their
game against the Chiefs. Gurode hurt his knee midway through
the second quarter. Pashos hurt his groin late in the first
also lost left tackle Branden Albert with a bruised left knee.
lost right tackle Orlando Franklin to a left knee injury in
the third quarter of their win over Jacksonville. He hobbled
out of the locker room on a cane.
receiver Cecil Shorts III left in the first quarter with a
right shoulder injury.
cornerback Rashean Mathis left in the first half with a groin
injury and didn't return against the Browns.
linebacker Manny Lawson left the game against Cincinnati with
a hamstring injury in the first half.
linebacker Moise Fokou left in the fourth quarter at Seattle
with a knee sprain. Seattle DE Chris Clemons suffered a
hyperextended elbow late in the game.