Why and how they won: Green Bay Packers outlast San Diego Chargers
By Kenn Korb
Oct 18, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running backJames Starks
(44) rushes for a touchdown in front of quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Early Lead
In a game where they didn’t see the ball often, it was imperative that Green Bay take advantage of the few chances they got.
They started early with that, scoring on their first three opportunities.
After an early punt by San Diego, Green Bay drove down to score a touchdown, putting them up 7-0.
The defense allowed a field goal to San Diego on the following drive, but Green Bay answered again with another touchdown to put things at 14-3.
After managing to get through the next San Diego drive without giving up points, Green Bay added a field goal to increase their lead to 17-3.
The offense went cold for a few drives after that, but the lead they had given themselves was enough to survive some scores by San Diego and not lose the lead until they could break through for more points in the second half.
Though this offense is led by the best quarterback in the league, things have not been running as smoothly on the whole as we have come to expect of them.
With that in mind, it isn’t a given that even Aaron Rodgers could bring about scores as needed if the Packers had fallen behind; he’s only one man and his offense has been losing more and more of his supporting cast to injury.
Having an early lead – especially with such a low time of possession – was imperative to making sure Green Bay was able to garner enough points to withstand the inevitable ebbs and flows of the game.
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