Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/28/12
Coming into the game Jacksonville was a 15.5 point underdog but it came down to a 4th down Jacksonville failure that sealed the Green Bay 24-15 victory.With the score 21-15 and 2:59 on the clock Jacksonville faced 4th-and-4 at the Green Bay 44, after rookie Casey Hayward made a fantastic open field tackle on Justin Blackmon on the previous play forcing the 4th down. On a drive that started at their own 8-yard line. Blaine Gabbert looked for Blackmon crossing the middle of the field but Green Bay bumped him off his route and only Packers were in the area where the ball was thrown.Green Bay took over and added another field goal following a 38-yard Jacksonville pass interference call for the final 24-15 score.After playing almost the entire first half in Green Bay territory, Jacksonville crossed the 50 just twice in the second half and converted just one of seven second half third down tries.Down to their third string inside linebacker and missing six other starts, Green Bay struggled on both sides of the ball.The Packer defense gave up 341 total yards, 279 passing, to the worst offense in the NFL, averaging just 235.8 per game coming in.The Green Bay offense missing Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, John Kuhn, and Cedric Benson managed just 239 total yards, 172 passing, facing the 28th ranked defense in the NFL,. The Packers came in averaging 359.9 yards-per-game. Aaron Rodgers did not look comfortable on this Sunday. Regressing to earlier season struggles holding the ball to long.This led to one fumble with under a minute left in the first half at the Packer 14. Jacksonville capitalized with a touchdown. A failed two-point conversation lead to a 14-12 Green Bay halftime lead. The Jaguars scored nine points in under a minute.Rodgers did however extend his record to 33 straight games with a touchdown pass at home and moved into second place, past Bart Starr, on the all time touchdown passing list. For the game he was 22-of-35 for 186 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, and a 95.7 passer rating.Jacksonville was first to score. A 7 play 46 yard drive led to a Josh Scobee 38 yard field goal.Green Bay came right back with a 9 play 69 yard drive of their own capped by a Rodgers to Randall Cobb 5-yard touchdown toss.The Green Bay special teams got in on the act in the second quarter when Davon House came around end untouched to block a Jaguar punt that ended up 25 yards backwards. It was recovered in the end zone by Dezman Moses for a 14-3 Packer lead.All the second half scoring came in the 4th quarter. Donald Driver caught his second TD of the season with 12:36 left to extended the Packer lead to 21-12.Josh Scobee's third field goal of the game with 6:50 left gave Jacksonville some hope that fizzled out on the failed 4th down play with 2:59 left.The Jaguars offensive line managed to hold the top pass rushing attack in the NFL to two sacks and few pressures on Gabbert, who finished the day 27-of-49 for 303 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, and a 80.6 passer rating.Cecil Shorts III led all receivers with 8 catches for 116 yards. Rashad Jennings was the leading game rusher with 59 yards on 17 totes.James Jones was the leading Packer receiver hauling in 7 for 78 yards. Cobb had 5 catches for just 28 yards and a touchdown.For the second straight week Green Bay stuck with the run despite limited success. Alex Green received 22 of the 23 Green Bay hand-offs for just 54 yards, a dismal 2.5 yards-per-attempt. James Starks had the other carry for 8 yards.That third string middle linebacker, Brad Jones, had a solid game causing a fumble, recording a sack, and 10 other tackles. Jacksonville was at or in the Packer red zone five times Sunday but manged just one touchdown, three field goals and the forced fumble by Jones at the Green Bay 20.Green Bay is now 5-3, while Jacksonville is 1-6.
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