Rodgers throws 2 TDs as Packers beat Jaguars 24-15

Associated Press Modified: October 29, 2012 at 5:18 am •  Published: October 29, 2012
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — After three tough weeks on the road, the Green Bay Packers were finally supposed to have it easy. They were at Lambeau Field, their offense was clicking and, best of all, they had the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL's worst team.

So much for that.

Looking flat and out of sync much of the afternoon Sunday, the Packers needed another score from special teams, a 4-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Donald Driver in the fourth quarter and a makeup field goal by Mason Crosby to hold off the Jaguars in a 24-15 win.

"I'm not sure what it was," offensive guard T.J. Lang said. "Those guys came in and played with a lot of energy. I don't know if we underestimated them at all, but they're a talented team. We've just got to make sure that we're playing more consistent. We can't allow a team to come in here and play with more energy than we have at our home field. So we've got to get that fixed."

It was the third straight win for the Packers (5-3) and their 16th in their last 17 games at Lambeau.

Blaine Gabbert had the first 300-yard game of his career, and Rashad Jennings and Cecil Shorts came up big in the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew, who missed the game with a foot injury. Jennings rushed for 59 yards and added another 56 yards receiving. Shorts had a career-best 116 yards on eight catches, including a 24-yard reception to set up Josh Scobee's 32-yard field goal that cut Green Bay's lead to 21-15 with 6:50 left.

But the Jaguars (1-6) also botched a punt that the Packers recovered for a touchdown, missed a two-point conversion, and came away with only one touchdown in three trips to the red zone.

It was Jacksonville's fourth straight loss.

"We're still finding ... one play here or there that's going to cost us a possibility to win that game. And that again happened today," Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey said. "I thought there was some progress. But that's hard to say on a loss."

The Packers were without their two best receivers, with Jordy Nelson joining Greg Jennings on the inactive list with a hamstring injury. Charles Woodson also was on the sidelines, with a broken collarbone.

But the Packers are better equipped than most teams to overcome injuries, particularly now that Randall Cobb has emerged to join James Jones as a big-play threat.

Besides, this was the Jaguars the Packers were playing, not San Francisco or Pittsburgh.

"They're an NFL team, not to get that wrong. But the Jacksonville Jaguars stayed around in Lambeau Field," Jermichael Finley said. "They were supposed to have been under the Frozen Tundra at halftime."



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