Packers Demolish Titans; Wait for Sea-SF Game
Rodgers TD (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)
Rodgers TD (Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports)
packwriter2002@yahoo.com
Posted Dec 23, 2012


The Packers did their part, winning for the ninth time in 10 games, as they chase the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. Aaron Rodgers totaled four touchdowns and the defense dominated the punchless Titans. A 49ers loss tonight would put Green Bay into second place in the NFC.

By midway through the third quarter, about the only drama remaining at Lambeau Field was the postgame medical report on Randall Cobb.

The Green Bay Packers’ do-it-all star, who broke Ahman Green’s franchise record for single-season total yards with his first touch of the game, injured his right ankle on a punt return and walked with the training staff to the locker room. The Packers led 27-0 at that point on their way to a 55-7 thumping of the Tennessee Titans. They’ve won four in a row and nine of their last 10.

With that, the Packers improved to 11-4 and would be keen observers at their homes tonight as the San Francisco 49ers visit the Seahawks. With a San Francisco loss, the Packers would be in second place in the NFC and a win at Minnesota next week from a first-round playoff bye.

Aaron Rodgers’ day ended after putting the Packers in front 41-0 on the second play of the fourth quarter. He finished 27-of-38 for a season-high-matching 342 yards, with three touchdown passes and one touchdown run. Ryan Grant added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns runs.

It was Green Bay’s first 50-point game since a 52-3 win over New Orleans on Oct. 9, 2005, and its most points since a 55-14 win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 2, 1983.

On defense, the Packers had two interceptions and seven sacks. When the Titans took possession with about 3 minutes left, they had zero points, eight punts and seven first downs.

By the time the Titans (5-11) got their initial first down, the Packers led 14-0, and the rout was on from there.

The Packers had excellent field position throughout the first half en route to a 20-0 advantage. Starting at its 44-yard line, Grant had runs of 18 and 9 yards to set up Rodgers’ 6-yard touchdown run. On their next possession, the Packers took over at the Titans’ 44. On the third play of the possession, Rodgers rolled to his right and threw a 20-yard strike to Randall Cobb for the touchdown. Late in the first quarter, Erik Walden intercepted a deflected pass and returned it to the Titans’ 14. That set up a short field goal on the second play of the second quarter to extend the count to 17-0. The crowd roared its approval as Mason Crosby, who entered the game a league-worst 17-for-29, split the uprights from 26 yards. Later, he’d drill the right upright from 48 yards, with the ball deflecting through to extend the lead to 20-0.

Tennessee’s offense, meanwhile, was miserable. The Titans had 96 yards, four first downs and two turnovers in the first half. Chris Johnson, who missed a couple series after being tackled in the backfield by Clay Matthews, had 17 yards on eight first-half carries.

Green Bay buried the Titans to start the second half. A 31-yard completion to Cobb set up DuJuan Harris’ 7-yard touchdown run, and Grant’s 34-yard catch-and-run to the 1-yard line preceded Rodgers’ touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. On the second play of the fourth quarter, Rodgers hit James Jones for his league-leading 13th touchdown reception to make it 41-0. A 58-yard punt return by Jeremy Ross set up the first of Grant’s fourth-quarter scores.


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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.


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