Capers pleased defense found 'a way to win'

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Dom Capers appreciated the victory — and the 20 points his defense allowed against a high-powered offense — but he won’t enjoy watching film of how his defense fared against San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

The yardage was high. Rivers threw the football 65 times. He marched the Chargers five lengths of the field through the air. No, the Packers defensive coordinator was not thrilled.

But Capers found positives from Sunday’s game, too. Like the Packers’ ability to limit the Chargers to two touchdowns on six red-zone trips, the final visit coming in the game’s waning seconds.

“I don’t like the yardage, obviously,” Capers said. “But I liked the way our guys competed because to me good football teams find a way to win. You do it different ways each and every week. You’ve seen over the last two, three weeks to where we’ve won different ways.

“I always tell guys, ‘Winners find a way to win.’ You never know what play’s going to make the difference.”

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On Sunday, it was rookie cornerback Damarious Randall, recognizing the Chargers’ fourth-and-goal play and breaking on a route that would’ve provided a game-tying touchdown. The biggest play in a game where the Packers defense allowed 503 passing yards ended up being a defended pass.

Still, there are plenty of issues to correct. The Packers’ run defense had been the dominant topic through the first five weeks. On Sunday, the secondary was ambushed by Rivers’ aerial attack, exposed as a potential weakness.

Capers saw it differently, he said. What happened Sunday could become a blessing in disguise. Next up, the Packers will travel to the Denver Broncos after this weekend’s bye for a showdown against Peyton Manning. Even if Manning has looked like a shell of his former self this season, there is no taking the five-time MVP quarterback lightly.

Capers said Sunday was a good example of what the Packers might face in Denver.

“To be honest with you,” Capers said, “I think the test that we had yesterday is going to be good for us in the long run. I think we can really grow from that. You go out, and Rivers is skilled like most of the veteran quarterbacks. Manning, Rivers, I’d put them in the same category in terms of knowing when you’re coming with pressure, and he’s going to be hard to sack.

“I think that we can take and learn and I think in the long run we’ll take some positives out of this thing yesterday in terms of the plays.”

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