Packers 21, Texans 13: How they scored

Bob McGinn
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) scores a touchdown on a min yard reception during the first quarter of their game Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The  Green Bay Packers beat the Houston Texans 21-13.


No scoring.


GREEN BAY: Randall Cobb, 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 8:02 left. How they scored: When the Texans went for it on fourth and 1 at the GB 49, Joe Thomas and Datone Jones stopped Alfred Blue for no gain. “I just shot my (B) gap and got some penetration,” Thomas said. “Got the running back to stop his feet a little bit.” LT Duane Brown indicated he would have blocked Thomas easily but slipped. “The footing definitely played a factor,” said Brown. “My foot came right up from under me out of my stance and the linebacker shot the gap. It happens.” Christine Michael plowed for 5 on fourth and 2. On second and 6, Rodgers scrambled right and hit Cobb as he crossed the end zone from left to right with nickel back Kareem Jackson in coverage. “My guy (Cobb) was running his route all the way across the field,” Jackson said. “Man, as soon as he saw Rodgers break the pocket right he took off in his direction and Rodgers put it on him. He made a hell of a throw.” The drive: Ten plays, 50 yards, 5:58. Packers 7, Texans 0.


HOUSTON: Ryan Griffin, 6-yard pass from Brock Osweiler (Nick Novak kick), 7:32 left. How they scored: Will Fuller returned a punt for 16. On third and 9, Osweiler drilled a curl route inside against zone coverage to Fuller for 24. On fourth and 1, Griffin beat Quinten Rollins to the right corner and made a difficult catch on a rollout for the TD. “I knew it was coming, too,” Rollins said. “We talked about it all week. I was on the coverage and he just must have planted. I didn’t brace myself for the push. Smart play on his part.” Said Griffin: “We were trying to get a little rub going but ‘Hop’ (DeAndre Hopkins) couldn’t get off the D (defense). He just threw it up for me and I went up and got it. I was really the only option on the play, so luckily it worked out.” The drive: Ten plays, 63 yards, 4:57. Packers 7, Texans 7.


GREEN BAY: Jordy Nelson, 32-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 12:42 left. How they scored: Ty Montgomery swept the right side for 13 on third and 1. On third and 8, Jared Cook beat dime safety Eddie Pleasant to the sideline for 10. On the next play, Davante Adams caught a sideline pass that appeared to gain 60 yards to the 6. However, Adams was ruled to have touched the sideline stripe after a gain of 17. Rodgers scrambled for 11 to the 32. On second down, Nelson lined up in the left slot and ran a vertical route against backup CB Charles James, who entered the game earlier in the series for an injured Johnathan Joseph (rib). When James fell near the 20, Nelson was alone to catch the pass from Rodgers, who had 5.5 seconds to release the ball. “We were in man,” said James. “I was covering him tight and I just slipped.” The drive: Twelve plays, 98 yards, 5:20. Packers 14, Texans 7.

GREEN BAY: Aaron Ripkowski, 3-yard run (Crosby kick), 4:11 left. How they scored: Micah Hyde broke up a third-and-7 pass, forcing a punt. On second and 7, Nelson caught a dart in front of the Texans’ bench for 21 before absorbing a big hit from FS Corey Moore. “He (Nelson) said he took a helmet-to-helmet shot,” Rodgers said. “Then the guy (Moore) was kind of hunched over so he just told the medical staff, ‘Hey, check him out. He looks a little woozy.’ Then the guy started yelling obscenities to him and (Jordy) said he was trying to help.” On third and 6, Nelson beat Jackson on a corner route for 28. Jeff Janis followed with a gain of 19 on a jet sweep. Ripkowski rammed in for the TD. “He’s just a tough, downhill runner,” said Rodgers. “Tough football player. I think he deserves to be in there as much as he was today, and maybe more.” The drive: Eight plays, 89 yards, 4:41. Packers 21, Texans 7.

HOUSTON: Hopkins, 44-yard pass from Osweiler (kick failed), 1:51 left. How they scored: Griffin was penalized for offensive pass interference on first down. When Damarious Randall and Morgan Burnett missed the tackle, Griffin gained 18 on an out-breaking route. On the next play, Hopkins went deep outside the numbers behind Randall and in front of Hyde, who was the safety to that side of the field. He made the catch near the 20, evaded Randall and Hyde as he cut back and scored easily. Novak’s extra-point attempt was wide right. The drive: Six plays, 78 yards, 2:20. Packers 21, Texans 13.

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