Green Bay Packers (31) Pick Up First Win of 2014 in Home Debut VS Jets (24)
GREEN BAY, WI – 9/15/2014 –It wouldn’t be a Green Bay Packers game without a little bit of nervousness or controversy. With the Packers leading 31-24 late in the ball game, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith took a snap, scrambled around, threw a 50-yard bomb for a touchdown to tie the game! Until the refs blew the whistle and took the play away from Gang Green. It turned out that the Jets’ offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had called timeout barely before the play began. Whether or not the Packers heard the whistle or not remains a mystery. Some of them say that of course they heard it. What else are they going to say after all? At the end of the day, the Jets failed to convert on a fourth down, and the Packers ran out the clock and ran out of Lambeau Field with a narrow victory.
The game got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday, with the Packers turning the ball over on the very first play. A center-quarterback exchange problem was cited. The Jets would score two minutes into the game. After a three-and-out, the Packers gave it right back to the Jets, who marched down the field and would score once again five minutes after the first touchdown. The Packers would put together a good drive, however, but stalled out inside the Jets 20-yard line and would kick a field goal. After one quarter, the Green Bay Packers trailed 14-3 at home.
The second quarter started off no better, as the Jets gashed the Packers on a 17 play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a Chris Ivory 4-yard touchdown run. Again, the Green Bay Packers, were trailing AT HOME, to the New York Jets 21-3. It wasn’t looking good in Titletown, but then Aaron Rodgers decided to remind everybody why he’s Aaron Rodgers. The Packers would put together three consecutive scoring drives (2 field goals, and a touchdown) to end the half, culminating in a six yard pass to Randall Cobb with just eight seconds left in the half. The Packers would go into halftime down just five points.
Whatever went on in the locker room during halftime seemed to have woken up the defense, as they would go on to only give up three more points for the rest of the game. The offense continued their momentum from the end of the first half into the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns: A one-yard pass to Randall Cobb and an 80-yard catch ‘n run from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson that gave the Packers a 31-24 lead. The Jets would only put together one decent drive the rest of the game, and as you read above… it didn’t end in a victory for Gotham City.
After a slow start, the Packers offense really lit up the stat sheet. Aaron Rodgers went 25/42 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. Jordy Nelson had a career day, tallying nine receptions for 209 yards and a touchdown alongside Randall Cobb’s two TD catches. All this despite a struggling rushing attack that only averaged 3.6 yards per carry.
Be sure to tune in next Sunday as the Green Bay Packers will travel to Detroit to face their NFC North rival Lions. Both teams are coming in with a 1-1 record, and are looking to gain an early foothold atop the division. The game figures to be an exciting shootout that you won’t want to miss! Pre-game will start around 11am, with a 1pm kickoff. So join Wayne & Larry for all of your Pre-, in-, and post-game coverage right here on Marquette County’s official Packers station: 98.3 WRUP!
-Carl Leander Johnson