Packers outscore Bucs 35-26

5:57 PM, Nov 20, 2011   |    comments
Green Bay running back James Starks stiff-arms Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber while running with the football during a game which the Packers would win, 35 - 26.
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Green Bay, WI -- The Green Bay Packers proved too talent for the improved Buccaneers, winning their 10th straight game this season, 35-26.

The Bucs staged a 4th quarter rally that fell short, partially because of defensive backfield pass interference calls.  They committed 3 on one drive in the 4th, that resulted in a John Kuhn 2 yard touchdown, that gave the Packers a 28-19 lead.

The Bucs responded with a 50 yard drive.  Josh Freeman hit Dez Briscoe with a 2 yard touchdown pass, to make it 28-26, Packers, with 4:25 left. 

But Aaron Rodgers led the Packers right back.  He connected with Jordy Nelson on a 40 yard touchdown pass, with 2:55 left, that beat Myron Lewis on the coverage, making the final score, 35-26 Packers.

Rodgers finished 23-34 passing, for 299 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

Freeman was 28-38 passing, for 342 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

LeGarrett Blount finished with 107 yards on the ground, on 18 carries, most of that yardage in the first half.  Kellen Winslow caught 9 passes, for 132 yards.  Mike Williams made a strong appearance, with 7 receptions for 83 yards, and just his 2nd TD catch of the year.


The Bucs finally reached the end zone, 2 minutes into the 4th quarter.  Josh Freeman hit Mike Williams for a 9 yard touchdown.  Williams has 7 receptions for 83 yards.

The Bucs went for 2, but Kellen Winslow dropped the pass from Freeman.


The Bucs advanced inside the 5 yard line on a 3rd quarter drive, but could not push it inside the end zone.  Kellen Winslow had a touchdown catch nullified by a pass interference call in the end zone.  Connor Barth kicked a 32 yard field goal, to make it a 21-13 game.

The Bucs have the worst red zone offense in the NFL.

LeGarrette Blount has 106 yards rushing, on 16 carries.

Green Bay opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter with a Aaron Rodgers to Tom Crabtree hookup, good for 5 yards.  Packers in front, 14-0.

The Bucs answered with a 2 play drive that resulted in a touchdown.  LeGarrette Blount ripped off a spectacular 54 yard touchdown run, where he broke at least 7 tackles.  Packers led, 14-7.

On the next Buc possession, Connor Barth kicked a 23 yard field goal to make it a 14-10 ballgame.

Michael Koenen tried a onside kick after the score, but the ball didn't travel 10 yards and the Packers recovered.  They scored on a Rodgers 5 yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson.  Packers 21-10 at the half.

Rodgers is 13-18 passing, for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Josh Freeman is 12-16, for 132 yards and an interception.  Blount has rushed 9 times for 79 yards, and a touchdown.


The Packers capped an 88 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown run from defensive tackle B.J. Raji, who was playing the up back in the I formation.  The drive took up 8:27.

The Bucs managed just one first down in that quarter.

Albert Haynesworth left the game with a neck injury, but later returned.

It was 31 degrees at kickoff at Lambeau Field.


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