GREEN BAY – When Quinten Rollins got his hands on his first NFL interception, he saw only one thing.
“Green grass. A lot of green grass,” the Packers’ rookie cornerback said. “I just made a break on the ball, and it was a pick-six from there. It’s just a blessing I got an opportunity to make a play.”
Rollins raced 45 yards in all to give the Packers a 14-point lead late in the first quarter of their 24-10 victory over the Rams on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
He wasn’t done, either.
After getting beat by Rams receiver Stedman Bailey for a 68-yard pass play late in the fourth quarter, Rollins shook it off and got his second pro pick, diving to snag Nick Foles’ pass in the flat with 23 seconds left to seal the win.
“You just have to let it go,” Rollins said of allowing the big play. “That’s going to happen. It’s part of the game. I had to come back from that, and I’m glad I did.”
Rollins had two of the four interceptions of Foles in the game, highlighting the plays being made by some of the Packers’ youngest defenders.
Linebacker Joe Thomas also had a pass deflection that led to an interception by second-year safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
“It’s important for everybody to make plays,” veteran Julius Peppers said. “Those guys are young guys, but they’re on the field. If you’re on the field, we expect you to make plays, and they’re doing a great job at it.”
Block that kick: Defensive end Datone Jones credited a great line push, particularly from sidekick Mike Daniels, for his block of Greg Zuerlein’s 50-yard field goal try in the third quarter.
Jones has now blocked a kick in each of his first three seasons in the league. As a rookie in 2013, he blocked an extra point in Cincinnati. Then last year, he blocked a Dallas field goal try in the playoffs.
“It’s crazy. I was telling B.J. (Raji), haven’t gone a year in my life since 11th grade that I haven’t blocked a field goal,” Jones said. “Every year, at least one. My senior year in college I blocked four. It’s nothing new.
“It only takes that one time for a guy to fall asleep on the offensive line. If one guy lunges, then he leaves a completely open gap.”
Jones also got the pressure and hit on Foles that contributed to Rollins’ pick-six late in the first quarter. It was one of several plays on which Foles was feeling a lot of heat from Green Bay’s pass rush.
A little redemption: Tight end Richard Rodgers had a rough sequence early in the fourth quarter. He dropped a pass from the St. Louis 30-yard line on a crossing route that would have picked up a first down, and possibly a lot more. Then he was flagged for a penalty that wiped out Mason Crosby’s successful 47-yard field goal and forced the Packers to punt.
On Green Bay’s final offensive possession, though, Aaron Rodgers turned to his namesake on a crucial third-and-7 from the Rams’ 44, hitting his tight end for an 18-yard gain to help set up a much shorter field goal for Crosby to close the scoring.
“I wasn’t happy about dropping the pass, but you have to move on to the next play,” Rodgers said. “I knew I was going to get the ball on the last one, so I just had to catch it.”
No doubt: James Jones’ 65-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown early in the third quarter was his first reception of the game, and one of only two catches for him on the day.
He made it count, though, getting the score after the Packers challenged the initial ruling that he was down on the 1-yard line.
“I was going to put my arms up as long as possible until Coach Mike (McCarthy) believed me,” Jones said. “I wasn’t coming off the field. I was going to leave my hands up the whole time. I’m glad he challenged it.”
It was Jones’ fifth TD reception of the season, which leads the team. He also has a team-best 394 yards.
Injury update: Right guard T.J. Lang (knee), outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder) and defensive lineman B.J. Raji (groin) all left the game and did not return.
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