Donald Driver caught four passes today for the Packers for a total of 72 yards. The yardage also took him over 10,000 yards as a Packer.
For the first time this season, the Green Bay Packers needed a late fourth quarter drive that ended in a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to gave them a comfortable lead as they held on for a 35-26 win at home against a pesky Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad.
The Packers got a rushing touchdown from B.J. Raji near the end of the first quarter and a 5-yard TD pass to Tom Crabtree just as the second quarter started as the Packers took a 14-0 lead and it looked like the blowout was on.
However, that was before the Bucs got a 54-yard touchdown run one minute later from Lagarrette Blount as Tampa Bay cut the Packers lead to 14-7.
Tampa then got its offense moving, but as the Packers have done all season, they bent but didn’t break. After the Bucs converted a field goal, the Packers came right back when Jordy Nelson caught his first TD pass just before halftime to give Green Bay a 21-10 lead going into the locker room.
Tampa scored the only points in the third quarter, a field goal, but opened the fourth quarter with an eight-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard TD pass to Mike Williams. Tampa went for the 2-point conversion, but failed and GB led 21-19.
The Packers then came back with their own long drive, 8 plays, 85 yards, that was capped when John Kuhn scored from two yards out.
After the Packers held the Bucs, Aaron Rodgers threw an interception and the Bucs went on 5-play, 50-yard drive for a score to cut the Packers lead to two points, 28-26.
That’s when Nelson caught the touchdown that was the difference-maker.
Highlights included Nelson catching six passes for 123 yards and two scores, Driver catching four for 72 yards, and Rodgers going 23-34 for 299 yards, 3 touchdowns and a QB rating of 112.3.
Driver’s catches also took him over 10,000 yards as a Packer.
On defense, Tramon Williams also came up with two huge drive-stopping interceptions for the Packers.
Oh yeah, B.J. “the freezer” Raji scored the first touchdown of his career on a one-yard plunge in the first half.
The Packers will take their 10-0 record to Detroit Thursday for an 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day game.