If you thought you were transported in time back to 1960, you weren’t the only one while watching the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens this afternoon.
In a first half that saw the Packers leave the field at halftime with a 6-0 lead, the punches were hard and were landing on both teams. We saw a blocked punt and bungle by the Packers; we saw a goal line stand by the Packers and we saw Packers kicker Mason Crosby go 2-for-3 in field goal attempts to give the Packers the lead.
Both teams’ defenses came to play today as three-and-outs on both sides of the ball dominated the play.
Of most note for the Packers were the injuries: Randall Cobb, James Jones, and Nick Perry were all banged up in the first half. Jones went out early in the game with a leg injury, Cobb was hit down on the 10-yard line after a catch near the end of the half and on the final defensive play of the first half Perry went down when Baltimore QB Joe Flacco fumbled the ball and it was picked up by rookie Datone Jones who carried down inside the 10.
Just three plays before that, Mason Crosby had missed from 44 yards and then redeemed himself with the chip shot on the final play of the half after Jones’s fumble recovery and return.
Rodgers is 10-of-21 for 116 yards; Eddie Lacy has 65 yards on 8 carries; and Randall Cobb has four catches for 53 yards to lead the Packers.