GREEN BAY – The Ravens kicked two field goals to take a 6-0 lead over the Packers into halftime on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Here's a recap of the first half.
Packers QB Brett Hundley threw interceptions on Green Bay’s first two drives, and the Ravens ended a scoreless first quarter in field-goal range.
The Ravens won the toss and deferred, so the Packers got the ball first. WR Trevor Davis returned the kickoff to the 32 and QB Brett Hundley promptly hit WR Jordy Nelson for 17 yards on the first play from scrimmage. It was Nelson’s 531st
career reception, moving him into third on the Packers’ all-time list.
After an 8-yard run by RB Jamaal Williams, Hundley went deep to WR Davante Adams for 33 yards, making it first-and-goal on the 10. After an offside call put the ball on the 5, Hundley tried to hit WR Randall Cobb in the end zone, but Baltimore CB Jimmy Smith stepped in front to pick the ball off, ending a promising opening drive.
QB Joe Flacco got the Ravens moving with passes of 17 yards to WR Mike Wallace and 11 yards to WR Jeremy Maclin. Four plays later, RB Alex Collins plowed ahead for 5 yards on fourth-and-1 from the Green Bay 41. The next snap, in shotgun, went over Flacco’s head and Collins recovered for a loss of 14. On third-and-long, LB Clay Matthews sacked Flacco, and Baltimore had to punt.
Hundley picked up two first downs with passes to Nelson and Williams, but he then threw his second interception of the day to S Eric Weddle, trying to go deep downfield to TE Lance Kendricks. Throwing off-balance, Hundley didn’t get nearly enough on it, and it was an easy pick at the Baltimore 39.
A 16-yard pass to Wallace, a tripping penalty on LB Blake Martinez, and a near-interception by S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix set up third-and-6 at the Green Bay 26. Flacco found RB Danny Woodhead for 7 yards and a first down. The Packers stopped the next third down on a run by Collins, though, making it fourth down on the Green Bay 15 as the quarter expired.
On the first snap of the second quarter, Ravens K Justin Tucker made a 32-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead.
Williams picked up two first downs on the ground, the second on fourth-and-1 from the Green Bay 45. But rookie RB Devante Mays fumbled the ball on his first NFL carry, and the Ravens recovered at the Green Bay 43. Three drives, three turnovers for Packers.
Green Bay’s defense responded with a three-and-out, though, as Martinez tackled Woodhead for a 6-yard loss on a second-down pass, and a third-and-long screen to Woodhead went nowhere.
The Packers then posted their own three-and-out. A second-down screen to Williams was close to breaking, but came up 2 yards short of the first down, and a scrambling Hundley threw the ball away on third down.
On the Ravens’ next offensive series, it was announced Matthews has a groin injury for the Packers. Baltimore got into scoring range on a 21-yard catch-and-run by Collins, which had a 15-yard personal foul added for roughing the passer on Dean Lowry. But on first down from the Green Bay 24, Flacco’s pass down the sideline for Woodhead was picked off by Clinton-Dix, his second interception of the season.
Taking over on their own 2, the Packers got out of the hole with a 14-yard catch by Adams. Hundley scrambled for another first down on third-and-3. An 11-yard slant to Adams moved the chains again, but a 12-yard sack by Ravens LB Matthew Judon made it second-and-long at the two-minute warning.
Judon sacked Hundley again on third down as the Packers were trying to set up a screen, and Baltimore called timeout with 1:49 left as the Packers lined up to punt. P Justin Vogel’s low punt was returned 28 yards by WR Michael Campanero, putting the Ravens on the Green Bay 30 with 1:37 left in the half.
Packers LB Kyler Fackrell sacked Flacco for an 8-yard loss on first down, but Flacco hit Maclin over the middle for 14 yards on third-and-15. Baltimore called its final timeout with three seconds left, and Tucker was good from 39 yards out on the final play of the half.