So the Packers got the ball and they struck quickly as Rodgers hit James Jones on a long pass across the middle that was a pretty throw and catch and an amazing effort by Jones to dive and extend his body just far enough to break the plane of the end zone. Touchdown!!! Packers 21 – Rams 10.
This perhaps was the play of the game. It was now a two possession game again. All the pressure was on the Rams.
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The Rams and Packers traded punts. Then the Packers defense forced the Rams into another probable punting situation on 4th + 2 from the STL 43 but Rams coach Jeff Fisher gambled and won as his punter scrambled and somehow found a receiver open for a 20 yard gain. The Packers D stiffened again and held the Rams to a 50 yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Datone Jones. Packers ball.
The Packers did not have the ball for long. On 3rd + 7, Aaron Rodgers scrambled and seemed to find an opening when Robert Quinn knocked the ball away from Aaron and Lamarcus Joyner recovered the fumble. Rams have life.
The Packers defense stiffens once again. Julius Peppers stripped the ball from Foles, was credited with a sack but a Rams player fell on the ball setting up another long Zeurlein field goal attempt. This one from the 53 yard line was wide to the left. Packers hold.
The Packers had a short field to work and were able to convert on a 47 yard Mason Crosby field goal that could have given the Packers a 24-10 lead but a holding penalty moved them back forcing a Masthay punt.
The Rams get the ball back with 11:38 left in the 4th quarter. First and ten from the STL 20. Foles hands off to Todd Gurley off right tackle and it is off to the races. Damarious Randall chased Gurley down and made a touchdown saving tackle. A couple plays later, the Rams had it 3rd + goal from the 7 when a pass intended for TE Lance Kendricks was tipped and intercepted by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the end zone. Packers hold again. Packers ball.
Packers have a 4 + out and the Rams get the ball back with 7:32 to play. They start to drive the ball and reach mid field when Clay Matthews blitzes right up the gut untouched and sacks Foles for an 8 yard loss forcing another really long 63 yard field goal attempt. This one went wide left again. Packers ball.
Two first downs later, Crosby kicks a 35 yard field goal. Packers 24 – Rams 10.
The Rams get the ball back with one more last gasp attempt to get back into the game. On first down, Foles heaves the ball down the left sidelines to Steadman Bailey who is corralled by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on the GB 7 yard line after 68 yard play. 3rd TD saving play of the game by Dix. Two plays later, Quinten Rollins made a diving interception to close out the game. I could just hear Wayne Larrivee exclaim, “And there is your dagger.” Packers win. Go Packers!!!
This was another great Packers team win. The Packers defense played great despite giving up 159 yards to Todd Gurley. Packers D had 3 sacks and 4 INTs. They held Nick Foles to 11/30 passing and only 141 yards and would have held him under 100 yards had it not been for that last minute 68 pass play.
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