Packers 24, Jaguars 15
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LB Brad Jones to Larry McCarren:
On not beating Jacksonville by a bigger margin.
"Every team has good players. I think we got Jacksonville's best performance. We're not doubting ourselves. I think we felt we should have beat them by maybe another touchdown. It's any given Sunday, you know."
Desmond Moses talking about his fumble and touchdown to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jeff Falconio and Greg Matzek on "Packers OT":
"I didn't expect it. It was a great surprise today. That's what happens with fumbles. It could bounce anyway. I was fortunate."
McCarthy to Larry McCarren
On the imperfect nature of the win:
"It was definitely a grind-it-out kind of victory...all wins are good wins. That's the most important. Good football teams pick it up for one another when it comes."
On just 66 yards rushing today:
"Running game is not where it needs to be. We need to improve running the football. We've got to do a better job."
On the urgency of next week's game:
"It's important for us to be 6-3 at the bye. It's non-negotiable."
3:14 p.m. Jaguars' 3rd Drive :28
And Wayne delivered the most undramatic dagger call ever...but as he said, it was very reminiscent and symbolic of the game. A low style points, high productivity in the W column game.
Gabbert to Thomas, blanketed by Hayward. Wayyyy overthrown. That ball landed in Stevens Point.
Yo Gabbert Gabbert with two more useless incompletions. Game ending with a whimper. No, not the tackle-eligible.
Dropped pass by Jennings. VERY symbolic of this game.
3:05 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 2:55
Green Bay 24, Jacksonville 15
Crosby 25 yd FG
Four minute offense time. Put the game away. Two first downs necessary, at least.
HUGE FLAG! Middleton was guarding Jones at the 15 yard line on a bomb from Rodgers. That may took care of the first of two critical first downs to win the game.
Green. Inside the 15. Tick. Tock. 2-minute warning.
Green. One yard. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
3rd-5 at JAX 8: Green through the air. Nothin' doin. Crosby will have to ice it. He does.
3:00 p.m. Jaguars' 2nd Drive 5:52
Jennings with an immediate first down catch to kill what would have been beautiful field position for the Packers' defense. Jones toasted in coverage.
Shorts has eight catches. Matthews held him to nine yards, but this guy has been monstrous.
Uh oh. Jennings again. A.J. Hawk missed a perfect open field tackle for a loss. Now, Jags 50 yards from the lead.
3rd-10 at 50: Biggest defensive play of the day...Gabbert to Blackmon, but again, not enough. Hayward with a fantastic open field tackle.
4th-4 at GB 44: HUGE....HUGE.
Gabbert...nearly picked! Williams nearly iced it with a pick. He may have iced it with the tipped pass.
2:56 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 6:59
Kickoff bounces out of bounds along the sideline. Lovely. That's called good field position. Scobee's kick means that Wayne is having the dagger delivered for a possible unsheathing this drive.
But not if Alex Green only gets two yards with a failure by the O-line.
3rd-7 at GB 43: Rodgers to Finley...and he was grounded by Middleton before the throw. Looked like it was an accidental trip, so no pink flags coming out.
Larry: "Missed opportunity."
2:40 p.m. Jaguars' 1st Drive 12:31
Green Bay 21, Jacksonville 15
Scobee 32 yd FG
Gabbert with forever, but great coverage forced Gabbert to throw underneath for three yards. A completion, but a win for the secnodary. Could have been much worse.
3rd-6 at JAX 24: Parmaele (no relation to Bernie Parmalee). 16 yards, but credit Gabbert's feet for keeping the play alive.
3rd-1 at GB 49: Flaggage as Gabbert bombs it for Blackmon and at the 26. Pickett humped early. No chance that Pickett gets away with offsides. Wayne: "That's the best pass Blaine Gabbert has thrown today."
WHOA! Blackmon's right toes stepped out of bounds, according to the replay. Red flag comes out, a few seconds after pink.
It's still a first down, but the offsides penalty means a first down - about 20 yards farther away from the end zone.
Wide open. Shorts. No one within 10 yards. 24 yard completion. Like I said, he looks like Raymond Berry today.
Red zone power running. Jennings. O-line destroying Packers D front seven. Ugh. Five yards.
3rd-5 at GB 12: Gabbert short. Jennings. Complete. But a HUGE STOP by McMillan to force a field goal. Fantastic.
2:33 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive continued from 3rd quarter
Green Bay 21, Jacksonville 12
Rodgers-Driver 4 yd TD pass
3rd-1 at JAX 43: Green.carries about 600 pounds on his back for a first down.
Uh oh. Rodgers holds his right elbow. He's still in this game, though.
Rodgers over the middle. His elbow is fine. Jones for 31 yards and a ROCKET throw by the MVP.
Cobb stiff-armed Middleton after a one-step throw and catch...and Middleton gets nailed for tripping instead of Cobb getting flagged for a face mask. Bad call. Simply a tackle.
1st-goal at JAX 4: Rodgers has to throw the ball away as Mincey came unblocked.
2nd-goal at JAX 4: DIVING CATCH! DRIVER! Oh, has he wanted that one!
2:31 p.m. Packers' 4th Drive :18
I can't think of the last time the Packers needed a drive more than this to solidify SOME control against a far inferior opponent.
2:27 p.m. Jaguars' 3rd Drive 1:21
Defense, as I said earlier, is going to have to win this game.
3rd-7 at JAX 25: Gabbert chased by Matthews and the Jacksonville QB threw the thing to Shawano to save his life. No INT grounding, because outside the tackle box.
2:16 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 6:31
40 yards rushing for Green Bay. They will have to win with the aerial game.
Rodgers to Jones and 11 yards will turn into 26, thanks to Middleton's late hit. Huge help for a team that needs it.
Starks! You wonder why you don't get much playing time? A drop like that that makes an easy 2nd down-1 into 3rd-1.
3rd-1 at JAX 43: Alex Green earns more playing time. Six yard slam. Great cutback right before reaching right tackle, and Dietrich-Smith plus Crabtree opened rare daylight in the running game today.
Starks! That's better. Eight yard first-down slam. Saturday and Lang made it an easy hole to sprint through.
Fantastic job by the line to let Rodgers have forever to get an eight yard pass to Jones. The line showed up this drive...so far.
3rd-1 at JAX 14: Slip by Green. Bulaga's ankle may have accidentally tripped him. Ugh.
Crosby. Worst field goal attempt I've seen in a while.
"Packers not looking like a well oiled machine on a number of different fronts." - Larry McCarren
2:14 p.m. Jaguars' 2nd Drive 8:31
3rd-7 at JAX 40: Thomas with a trap-looking catch at the 43. Wouldn't have mattered if he had hands the size of Godzilla. That's still not a first down.
Just declared out with concussion: Jerel Worthy. Packers defense will have to win it without their big time rookie.
2:05 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 11:15
3rd-5 at GB 45: WIth Jacksonville blitzing, Cobb gets the Rodgers pass for 13 yards. I wondered earlier about Rodgers' health. Seemed OK there.
Tight end droppage disease spreads to D.J. Williams. Finley for years. Crabtree today. Now Williams. Can any guy bigger than 230 pounds catch a ball on this team?
3rd-10 at JAX 41: Fast throw to Jones. Short. Nothing. Four-yard gain.
Fake FG. Masthay throwing! Deep to Williams, and the lefty's toss was about 10 yards short.
2:01 p.m. Jaguars' 1st Drive 12:43
Something tells me something is really [hysically wrong with Aaron Rodgers right now. The defense may have to win.
This time on 1st down, Williams blanketed Shorts. Wouldn't let him get any space on a deep throw.
Play action did nothing. Burnett with a safety blitz and Gabbert got eaten by an unblocked rusher.
3rd-forever at JAX 9: May as well be in DePere. Gabbert got Shorts, but nowhere near enough. Basically a "let's give our punter more room" reception.
1:52 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 15:00 left in 3rd quarter
Aaron Rodgers: 7-12, 75 yards, TD. Not a huge half.
Uh oh. Jerel Worthy down. The danger of using starters on special teams. But you have to do it.
Green. 1 yard on the ground. Wayne: "They're just not getting it done on the ground."
3rd-2 at GB 38: Flaggage. Rodgers fumbles again. 2nd of the last 28 minutes, and the Jags have it. Two rare turnovers...but it gets washed away by the beauty of a pink flag. Illegal hands to the face.
Oh, do they need that break. Lots of speculation that Rodgers had a concussion last half.
3rd-6 at GB 42: ARod overshot Jones on a back shoulder throw. He is not right.
1:37 p.m. Packers' 4th Drive :17
Wayne Larrivee: "Things have tightened considerably."
1:30 p.m. Jaguars' 5th Drive :53
Green Bay 14, Jacksonville 12
Gabbert-Whimper 1 yd TD pass (2-pt pass failed)
Now, the Packers are in serious trouble. Defense must make stop.
BIG drop by Thomas at the goal line. He had double coverage on him, but if he holds on, game could be tied.
3rd-5 at GB 8: Gabbert...not a touchdown, but a first down. Spurlock. Gonna have some big physical brutes slamming on the one yard line now.
1st-goal at GB 1, :28 left: Gabbert...sneak...no Bart Starr-style success there.
2nd-goal at GB 1, :21 left: Play action...Whipler, the tackle eligible, and he spun to the end zone.
1:28 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 1:03
Second sack of the game, and second sack in as many offensive plays.
What? Fumble? Where did this come from? Uh. Oh. A later call than those replacement refs.
But the replay clearly shows yes, it was a fumble.
1:19 p.m. Jaguars' 4th Drive 2:35
Green Bay 14, Jacksonville 6
Scobee 22 yd FG
McMillan had his ankles broken - not literally - by Jennings. Meanwhile, Gabbert took a shot on his left hand.
Matthews, on 2nd down, arrived at Gabbert as he delivered the football. The pass, intended for the sideline, reached about 20 yards too short.
Wide open. Shorts. Seam of the zone. Huge cushion. Absolutely no one within 10 yards. Hayward with a mental mistake. Went toward wrong receiver.
1st-goal at GB 10: Gabbert delivered a low throw to Mike Thomas. One meant to make sure there was no interception. But there was also no completion.
2nd-goal at GB 10: Jennings slammed at the seven yard line, four tacklers converging.
3rd-goal at GB 7: Pink flaggage. Offsides. M.D. Jennings. Second chances usually burn you in the NFL.
3rd-goal at GB 3.5: Thankfully, Gabbert is not Aaron Rodgers. He missed his monster-sized Lewis. "It takes a lot to overthrown Marcedes Lewis." - Wayne Larrivee
1:11 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 5:31
Green takes advantage of Randall Cobb clearing out defenders with his pass pattern, and Green gets a 12-yard first down. Great play design and execution.
Double-D with a catch on the left side, but pink flags away from the play. Huge ovation for the DWTS champ.
3rd-5 at GB 42: ARod deep...pink flags! Boykin was about to try to break deep to catch an otherwise thrown ball, but Harrison was too good of a physical dance partner. Holding.
This time, a slightly underthrown bomb to Finley turned into triple coverage. If it had been perfectly thrown, he beats the triple team.
3rd-10 at GB 47: Sack. Mincey tossed Rodgers down like a sack of potatoes. A really heavy sack of potatoes.
1:02 p.m. Jaguars' 3rd Drive 8:45
High tackle. House de-helmeted Blackmon. No matter how non-malfeasant the effort, that's gonna be a personal foul. Illegal contact to defenseless receiver. Though there was no action that would have led to a penalty.
Larry: "I think they're legislation some good solid football play...I think it's a mistake...(not) even close to an infraction...not allowing the game to be played as it was designed.
More pink flags agasint the Packers...Mike Neal on defensive holding.
And on the next play, Clay Matthews' blocker has a hunk-o-jersey, and no call. Ugh.
3rd-8 at GB 48: Gabbert misses his 4th straight pass. Lewis pushed off after the play, claiming McMillan was malfeasant toward him. (Man, Larry McCarren is increasing my vocabulary. He says that word all the time.)
12:50 p.m. Jaguars' 2nd Drive 10:35
Green Bay 14, Jacksonville 3
Moses punt block recovery in end zone
Shorts is owning the Packers secondary today. 43 yards. But perhaps McCarthy recognizes the secondary needs a bit of help. The ball hit the field and left Shorts' hands while Shorts rolled to the ground.
A happy ending to that play, but it shows that even Gabbert can beat the injury-decmiated Packers secondary without Woodson.
There's a run stuff when you need it! McMillan sprinted in from the secondary to smash Jennings running through the hole.
WILLIAMS! Just missed a pick-6 as he slashed in front of Thomas on a sideline pattern.
3rd-9 at JAX 37: Gabbert deep...nope. Lewis ain't gonna catch those one-handers over the middle when M.D. Jennings is ready to decapitate you.
PUNT BLOCK! TOUCHDOWN! House blocked it! After keystone cops scramble, Moses gets it!
12:47 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 12:58
Crabtree gets Jermichael Finley disease. A not-perfect throw, but Crabtree should have held on. Even though Allen did get a piece of the ball for Jacksonville.
Boykin makes a good catch near the sideline, but if he turned inside instead of outside, it's a first down.
3rd-1 at GB 29: Rodgers lost the football, but got it back and pushed forward. Was it enough for the first? It was enough for a huge scare for Packers fans.
Rodgers got just enough.
Green blown up. Finley had his arms up wondering what the heck happened as his guy, the defensive end, stopped Green for a two-yard loss.
We're all wondering what he was doing, too.
3rd-4 at GB 36: Incompletion. Green blasted by Allen to stop the drive.
12:42 p.m. Jaguars' 1st Drive Continued from 1st quarter
3rd-12 at JAX 41: Shorts on a long gain, Bad pun, I know. So was the Packers' zone coverage on that play. 15 yards.
Shorts again beats a zone for 17 more yards. They're making this guy look like Raymond Berry.
FUMBLE! Packers gather it up! First recovery of 2012 for GB! Burnett gets the Jones-caused fumble.
12:35 p.m. Jaguars' 3rd Drive 2:53
Spulock pays for his late exit from the end zone to run out the kickoff. 11 yard line. Bush with the tackle. A smashing one, no less.
A big run by Jennings negates the greatness of that tackle, as they gain 20 yards.
3rd-6 at JAX 36: Blackmon got too much cushion by Tramon Williams. Pitch and catch for a first down.
Thank you, Marcedes Lewis, for Jermichael Finley-ing that pass. In other words, a drop on what would have been about a 20 yard pass.
Matthews breaks up a USC staple play, student body left. Way to blow up your alma mater's favorite play!
12:24 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 8:23
Green Bay 7, Jacksonville 3
Rodgers-Cobb 5 yd TD pass
Jones with the first reception of the day by a Packer. 12 yards. Comeback pattern. Middleton has no chance in that matchup.
Green with a draw play. A couple skitter steps by Green as he waited for a hole. Really, he was skittering while deciding which of about three holes he could have picked from.
3rd-2 at JAX 49: Rodgers himself. Sliding. Ryan Braun must have teached him some sliding tricks. Much safer than getting hammered.
Green. Screen. Mean. A machine. First down. Doesn't rhyme. But the play works. 12 yards.
Green. Sweep. Sweet. Seven yards. Lombardi-like. Effective.
FINLEY! Great catch. Goal to go. THAT'S what they pay you for. More screaming than normal for that play because of all the drops he's had. Fans yelling "THAT'S it!"
1st-goal at JAX 5: Rodgers has forever...COBB! Lunging catch!
12:16 p.m. Jaguars' 2nd Drive 11:59
Jacksonville 3, Green Bay 0
Scobee 38 yd FG
3rd-3 at JAX 40: Gabbert. Deep. Uh oh. Blackmon ran a deep cross and McMillan was toasted. Dime defense for Packers, and one of those plays where maybe Woodson gets the stop. Maybe.
3rd-8 at GB 22: Gabbert smashed as the football left, and McMillan got a tip to stop the pass. Matthews got away with a hit to the head of Gabbert, but holding before then on the guy trying to stop Matthews from beheading the QB.
Interestingly, they replay the down. Drive them out of field goal range?
Gabbert with forever...complete. Thomas at the 21. Not a first down, but a failure to stop a possible field goal.
12:11 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 12:40
The Packers start 78 yards from the end zone, and the lead.
First Packers offensive play: Alex Green smashes for two yards. Only Gale Sayers or Barry Sanders could have found more yardage on that play.
3rd-8 at GB 24: In no huddle - a football blogger's nightmare, by the way - Rodgers misses Green on one of those useless short throws which would not have gained a first down if completed.
It's the kind of offensive start that leads me to fear even more the kind of trap game that this could be, especially with what seems like half the starting lineup on the bench with injuries.
12:05 p.m. Jaguars' 1st Drive 15:00 left in 1st quarter
This is the first game where we're really seeing the effect of the new south end zone upper deck and the shadows they produce. Wonder how many balls may be dropped because of that during noon games?
From the 19, Gabbert bootlegs on the game's first play. Key pass. 15 yards. Good play design.
3rd-4 at JAX 40: SACK TIME! Brad Jones! Great to see the much-maligned often-backup make a play. Great delayed blitz.
Coin toss time...Carl Jeffers the head guy in pinstripes. His flip is tails after a Jaguars call of heads. Packers will defer. GAME TIME!
Mike McCarthy to Wayne Larrivee:
About noon games at Lambeau:
"Best games ever. Nothing like a noon game at home. Smells like football. Feels like football. Lambeau Field is such a special place."
About not having Charles Woodson in the lineup:
"Charles Woodson, you're talking about an impactful player the whole time in Green Bay. With that, you have to have to move on and play the next group of players to their strengths. It's a foolish mindset to say 'We need to replace Charles.' "
On ruling out Jordy Nelson for today's game following his warmup:
"He's just not quite ready."
What's the weather right now in Green Bay for Packers-Jaguars? As of 11:15 a.m., 39 degrees. Just what Mike McCarthy wanted (see below.)
The one guy who is the key final piece of the injury puzzle today, Jordy Nelson, will not play today against the Jaguars.
Packers Coach Mike McCarthy likes today's weather forecast for the Jaguars game. He doesn't necessarily like today's injury forecast.
"40 degrees for a team from Florida. I like it," joked McCarthy on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
It may seem like today's injury list for the game, though, includes about 40 names.
In the list of "outs," McCarthy sees Greg Jennings, Charles Woodson, Nick Perry, John Kuhn and Sam Shields.
Will doctors have to add Jordy Nelson's name to that list? Perhaps. Doctors will analyze Nelson's ability to play right before game time.
If not, there's plenty of wide receiver depth to pick up the slack, particularly including veterans James Jones, the not-so-often-utilized Donald Driver, Randall Cobb and a guy who could get some series action, Jarrett Boykin.
"Every Thursday, Aaron Rodgers and I have a meeting, sit down and review the whole game plan after everything is done," explained McCarthy.
"Jarrett came walking through and wanted to visit with Aaron, to make sure he was on the same page with him. It's always interesting to see young players put in the extra time and do the little things when the opportunity comes about."
It may come today. Stay tuned.