Oct 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) gets a pass away from Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
On a day where the offense uncharacteristically flailed away too many possessions, the defense really saved the day.
They didn’t exactly shut the Rams down, but they made enough happen when necessary to keep their team from giving up their lead.
Todd Gurley had a 55-yard run and 159 yards rushing on the day, but he never managed to score. Nick Foles hit Stedman Bailey on a 68-yard bomb, but then ended the game with an INT a few plays later. The defense gave up a large pass interference penalty on an eventual scoring drive and then got saddled with terrible field position after Aaron Rodgers’ 2nd INT, but subsequently held the Rams to a field goal — the last points they would score all day.
It was as if every time the Rams made something good happen for them, the Packers’ defense managed to step up and prevent things from getting out-of-hand.
There were three turnovers by the offense, but then four INTs by the Packers’ defense to combat that. They let up a ton of yardage on the afternoon –334 yards of offense to be exact — but those only resulted in two early scores. There were four field goal attempts, but only one connected; one was blocked and the other two were long misses, each of which could have been shorter if the defense hadn’t been able to step up to slow down the preceding drives.
The defense didn’t have a perfect day, but it was a pretty good effort overall, especially where it matters most — the scoreboard.
Efforts like this prove that while they may still have room to grow, this unit is undoubtedly able to be considered a strength of this team and they are able to make the plays necessary throughout a game to eventually come away with the victory.
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