The Green Bay Packers overcame three uncharacteristic turnovers from Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. The Packers defense came up with four picks of their own as the Packers held on for a 24-10 victory and moved to 5-0 on the season.
The Packers got out to a quick start on the first drive of the game. Aaron Rodgers escaped for a long scramble on a third down, and then found Ty Montgomery wide open over the middle for a long touchdown.
The Packers forced a punt on the Rams' first drive, with solid run defense and a sack of Nick Foles contributing. Unfortunately, Rodgers' interception-free streak at home came to an abrupt end at midfield, as a pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and was picked off by the Rams. Rodgers previously connected on 586 consecutive passes without an interception.
The Packers' defense quickly returned the favor, though, as Micah Hyde picked off a short Foles pass of his own. However, a three and out led to a Lacy run on 4th and 1, and he was stopped just short.
Then, Quinten Rollins struck with his first big play as a Packer. He picked off another Foles pass under pressure and took it the distance for his first career touchdown and a two-score Packer lead.
The Rams struck back with a long drive late in the first half. A pass interference penalty on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix set up the Rams in the red zone, and Tavon Austin converted on a short 5-yard touchdown to make the score 14-7.
On the ensuing drive, Rodgers threw his second interception of the game. Trumaine Johnson jumped a short route to James Jones and was ruled to have secured the football before it hit the ground. The Rams drove down into Packers territory, but had to settle for a field goal to make the score 14-10.
The Packers got the ball back with a minute and a half left in the first half, but stalled out near midfield and took the four point lead into the half.
Just like the first half, the Packers struck quickly. It was a 65-yard touchdown pass to James Jones, on which he was initially ruled down at the 1, but Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling successfully and the Packers were given the six points and a 21-10 lead. Rodgers finished the game 19-of-30 and passed for 241 yards with two picks and touchdowns.
A nice defensive stand forced a Rams punt, but the Packers started back at their own 10. Unfortunately they went three and out. The Rams then converted a fake punt near midfield to keep their next drive alive. However, they were forced to attempt a 50-yard field goal, which Greg Zuerlein missed badly.
The Packers coughed up the ball again on the next drive though, as Robert Quinn got a sack-strip of Rodgers and the Rams recovered. Another missed field goal from 50-plus maintained the lead at 11, however.
The Packers couldn't convert, thanks in large part to a pair of gaffes by Richard Rodgers. He dropped a wide open pass over the middle for what should have been a big gain, then committed an illegal hands to the face penalty on a Crosby field goal attempt that took three points off the board and forced the Packers to punt instead.
Todd Gurley then broke out. He ripped off a 50 yard run on the first play of the next drive, but the Packers defense came up huge in the red zone. Joe Thomas tipped a pass in the end zone and Clinton-Dix came up with the ball for a third interception on the day for the defense. Gurley ran for 159 yards on 30 carries, the most the Packers have allowed on the ground to a back this season.
A 3-and-out for the Packers gave the Rams another shot, but they missed another long field goal, this time from 63. Mason Crosby added a short field goal as the Packers tried to run out the clock, pulling the score to 24-10. A late pick by Rollins, his second of the game, sealed the win for the Packers.