JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Packers and Jaguars traded touchdowns in the first quarter on Sunday at EverBank Field and headed to the second period tied at 7.
The game started well for the Packers’ defense. On Blake Bortles’ second pass attempt, CB Quinten Rollins got a hand in and deflected the ball intended for WR Marqise Lee. Packers LB Joe Thomas was there to snag the interception, giving the Green Bay offense the ball at the Jacksonville 29.
Immediately, the Packers faced a fourth-and-1 decision, and RB Eddie Lacy picked it up with a 9-yard run right up the middle. A couple of snaps later, QB Aaron Rodgers scrambled 6 yards for the TD, putting the Packers on the board with 9:36 left in the quarter.
Green Bay’s defense got its next stop thanks to a third-down sack by LB Clay Matthews near midfield, but Jaguars P Brad Nortman pinned the Packers at their own 3-yard line with a high punt that Micah Hyde appeared to lose in the sun.
The Packers’ offense went three-and-out, and P Jake Schum’s first regular-season punt for Green Bay was a solid 56-yarder. Jaguars PR Rashad Greene returned it 14 yards to the Green Bay 48, giving Jacksonville the ball pretty much right back where they gave it up.
The Jaguars got into scoring range right away, as TE Marcedes Lewis took a screen pass and behind some good blocking rambled 37 yards to the 11. Two runs by T.J. Yeldon finished off the drive, tying the score with 3:40 left.
The Packers went three-and-out again, as a deep ball for WR Davante Adams on third down was broken up by CB Prince Amukamara, and Schum’s 48-yard punt was fair caught at the Jacksonville 21.
Matthews made his second big play of the quarter, tackling Yeldon for a 7-yard loss on second-and-3 on the next series, leading to a Jaguars punt. Jacksonville downed it again inside the Green Bay 5.