GREEN BAY – A late field goal in the second quarter brought the Packers a 10-7-half lead on the Cardinals on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Packers, Cardinals scoreless after a hit
The Packers got the ball first and their first two-thirds downs were converted by QB Aaron Rodgers and a 10-yard pass for TE Jimmy Graham. But in third and tenth from midfield, a draw against RB Aaron Jones came nowhere, and the punt went for a touchback in the end zone.
The Cardinals had converted a 13-yard run by RB David Johnson as a starter on third-and-9 with a 10-yard pass to WR Ricky Seals-Jones. However, CB Tramon Williams' first-leg breakthrough led to a punt and the Packers went on the offensive.
From their own eight, the packers went threefold thanks to a penalty for special teams. Rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling first threw down a pass that would have taken the Packers out of the hole. P JK Scotts Punt was on the Arizona 46 in action.
A 9-yard pass from WR Christian Kirk took third and seventh place for the Cardinals, but Packers' S Josh Jones QB's Josh Rosen continued to blush at the next third defeat and Arizona punted.
Aaron Jones ran three laps for 21
Packers bring 10-7 lead into halftime
On the third and second of the 40, Rodgers was forced to throw the ball away, and the Packers hit again. The Packers fell on the Arizona 11 down.
The defense of Green Bay got a triple pack, and after a false start, the Cardinals forced to punt from their own 9, and the Packers CB Jaire Alexander whirled away from the pile on the punt, returning 24 yards to the Arizona 35 It was the Packers' longest return in the season. WRC Davante Adams scored 16 yards, but Jones lost 3 on the first run. On the third and thirteen, a pass for WR Randall Cobb came on 9 yards, and the Packers went on the fourth and fourth of the 13th. The Rodgers found Adams in the back of the end zone and the star receiver just barely made it to the touchdown to reach.
An offside call plus a receipt from 8 yards from RB Chase Edmonds took a place in front of the Cardinals. A 12-year pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald converted to third and seventh to go into midfield. At the next third and seventh hour, the Packers' lightning was picked up, and Rosen found WR Trent Sherfield for 21 yards to 23rd Green Bay.
After a defensive holding penalty against CB Josh Jackson, Johnson ran twice for 10 yards to get it on 8. Goal to set. Edmonds brought it to 1, and after a false start, it ran from 6 to tie the game in 4:42 in half.
RB Jamaal Williams returned the following impetus to Green Bay 31, and the Packers promoted an 11-yard pass to Valdes-Scantling. A defensive pass on third-and-11 made Green Bay come down in midfield for the first time, and an 8-yard Reception from Adams moved the chains again.
By the Arizona 40, a Rodgers fight for 4, checkdown for Williams 10, 6 yards pass to Graham, and a screen for Williams for 5 made it to 15th place, with the Packers having the first timeout with 46 seconds made.
Adams was slow to receive and touch after a 7-yard, but he got away on his own. It cost the packers 34 seconds before the second timeout. Rodgers was dismissed for defeating 6 yards in the second fight and was third out of the 14s. The Packers used their last timeout with 22 seconds to go. Adams returned to the game.
A pass for Cobb near the front pylon was incomplete, and K Mason Crosby was good from 32 yards to give the Packers a 10-7 lead.