Rodgers' streak ends, but Packers roll
After nearly three years, Aaron Rodgers’ streak of not having thrown an interception at Lambeau Field ended Sunday. But the Packers kept on rolling with a 24-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Entering Sunday, Rodgers had gone 19 games and thrown 580 passes at home without being intercepted, dating to December of 2012. The streak ended after six passes Sunday when the Green Bay quarterback was picked off by Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis (on a pass deflected by linebacker Mark Barron) with 4:07 left in the first quarter.
Six passes later, Rodgers was intercepted again, this time by Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. He also lost a fumble in the third quarter. According to ESPN, it was Rodgers’ first home game with multiple interceptions since Week 7 of the 2010 season against Minnesota, and his first three-turnover home game since Week 9 of 2009 against Tampa Bay.
On the day, Rodgers completed 19 of 30 passes for 241 yards, two TDs and two interceptions.
The Packers' defense intercepted Rams quarterback Nick Foles four times, enabling Green Bay to stay perfect at 5-0 before a crowd of 78,432. The Packers have another home game next Sunday against the San Diego Chargers before their bye week. The up-and-down Rams fell to 2-3.
Foles was 11 of 30 for 141 yards, one TD and the four picks. Rookie Todd Gurley carried 30 times for 159 yards.
The injury bug bit the Packers again, with right guard T.J. Lang (knee) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder) being ruled out for the game at the start of the second half, and B.J. Raji (groin) exiting in the third quarter.
The Packers got on the board first when Rodgers hit a wide-open Ty Montgomery for a 31-yard touchdown on a third-and-six play with 12:09 to play in the first quarter. Two Rams defenders went to cover James Jones, leaving Montgomery free.
Rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins increased the lead to 14-0 when he intercepted a Foles pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:02 left in the opening quarter. It was the first interception return for a score by a Packers rookie since Marques Anderson in 2002.
The Rams cut it to 14-7 on a five-yard shovel pass from Foles to Tavon Austin at the 7:12 mark of the second quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 32-yard pass interference penalty against Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
St. Louis pulled to within 14-10 on a 42-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein with 1:40 to go before intermission. The score came after Rodgers was intercepted for a second time, this one by Johnson, who returned the pick 29 yards to the Packers 33.
Green Bay struck quickly in the third quarter, with Rodgers connecting with Jones on a 65-yard scoring pass for a 21-10 lead at the 12:31 mark. Jones originally was ruled down at the 1-yard line, but the play was ruled a touchdown after the Packers challenged. It was the Packers’ longest pass completion of the season.
After a Rams missed field-goal attempt, the Packers moved into field-goal range and Mason Crosby’s 47-yard kick was good. However, an illegal hands to the face penalty on Richard Rodgers nullified the kick, and the Packers had to punt, keeping the score at 21-10.
The Rams were thwarted on their next drive when Clinton-Dix intercepted Foles in the end zone on a third-and-goal pass at the 9:03 mark of the fourth quarter. Linebacker Joe Thomas tipped the ball that was intended for Lance Kendricks. It gave Green Bay its first three-interception game since October of 2012 against Houston.
After a 52-yard Tim Masthay punt, the Rams started at their own 30 with 7:32 remaining. A big sack by Clay Matthews bursting up the middle forced St. Louis to settle for a 63-yard field goal attempt, which missed.
Crosby capped the scoring with a 35-yard field goal with 1:03 to play. Rollins snuffed out the Rams' final scoring bid with his second interception with 23 seconds left.
Notes: Wide receiver Davante Adams (sprained ankle) and safety Morgan Burnett (calf injury) again were inactive for the Packers. Jones replaced Adams and Hyde stepped in at safety for Burnett. The Packers’ other inactives were safety Sean Richardson, quarterback Brett Hundley, cornerback LaDarius Gunter, inside linebacker Jake Ryan and guard Lane Taylo--The Packers have won (assumes they did) 12 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active streak in the league. It is the second-longest home streak under McCarthy (they won 13 straight in 2010-11).
- The Packers have scored in the first quarter in 21 straight games, the longest ongoing streak in the NFL.
- The Packers now have won five straight regular-season games against the Rams by a combined score of 147-64.
- This was the 32nd time the Packers have played the Rams since 1970, the most against any non-division opponent.
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