GREEN BAY – The Packers entered the second quarter with a 7-0 lead on Sunday night at Lambeau Field but feel like they should have been ahead by more.
The Packers got on the board on their opening drive. A 4-yard run by FB Aaron Ripkowski and passes of 9 yards to WR Randall Cobb and 7 yards to WR Jordy Nelson all converted third downs.
A 17-yard catch-and-run by Cobb got the offense into the red zone, and then QB Aaron Rodgers scrambled for 11 yards on third-and-10 to make it first-and-goal. Two plays later, Nelson caught 2-yard TD pass, and the Packers had the early lead. The drive consumed 16 plays, 75 yards and 8:42 on the clock.
The Packers allowed one first down, on a 13-yard pass to WR Odell Beckham Jr., before getting the ball back. DT Letroy Guion batted a pass down at the line on second down before QB Eli Manning’s third-down pass for WR Tavarres King was wide and out of bounds.
The offense got back to work. RB Eddie Lacy had runs of 12 and 11 yards to start the next drive, and WR Davante Adams gained 17 on a slant. A 13-yard pass to Cobb converted on third-and-2 and then, one play after offsetting penalties wiped out a 21-yard TD pass to Cobb, Rodgers’ third-down pass was deflected and intercepted by CB Janoris Jenkins on the final play of the quarter.