The Green Bay Packers remained undefeated by edging the San Diego Chargers 27-20 inside Lambeau Field in a game that totaled 918 yards from both teams.
The Packers offense trailed the Chargers 488 to 237 in terms of passing yardage, but Green Bay had the advantage on the ground, 133 to 60. Running back James Starks scored two touchdowns in the first half, highlighting the work that was done in the ground game.
Phillip Rivers had a record-setting game for the Chargers. Rivers passed for 503 yards on 65 attempts with two touchdowns. Rivers nearly led the Chargers on a game-tying drive with seconds to go, but the Packers defense stopped them on downs at the three. Rivers set franchise records for passes completed, attempted and passed for.
Here's our full recap of the game:
After deferring the toss, the Packers kicked off to the Chargers and the defense got going early. They allowed one first down early but forced a punt after a deep incompletion on third and three.
The Packers moved the ball quickly on their first drive of the game, as James Starks made the two biggest plays. He broke a big run on the first play,then after an Aaron Rodgers scramble and a few quick passes to the flat, Starks took a shovel pass from Rodgers 5 yards for the game's first touchdown.
The Chargers fought back with a long drive onto the redzone, and they got on the board with a field goal. Philip Rivers dunked and dunked his way down the field and was helped out by a big run by Melvin Gordon, but the drive stalled out and resulted in a Josh Lambo field goal to cut the Packers' lead to 7-3.
The James Starks show continued on the next series. After a pair of first downs early, Starks spun off an offensive lineman on a run play to the left and found open field. He turned on the Jets and took the carry 65 yards for his second touchdown of the day and a 14-3 lead.
The Chargers' third drive was much like their second, aside from the end result. Rivers connected on several short passes to get into the red zone, but this time San Diego elected to go for it on fourth down. Rivers' pass fell incomplete and the Packers took over again.
Ty Montgomery got banged up on the ensuing series for the Packers. The rookie picked up a first down with some tough running, but landed awkwardly on his left knee. But then Jeff Janis struck.
On a free play with an offsides call, Rodgers found Janis deep down the left side for a 45 yard gain. Unfortunately the drive stalled out short of the goal line and the Packers had to settle for a field goal to extend their lead to 17-3.
The Packers got the game's first turnover on the following drive. After getting flagged for a late hit penalty, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix laid a big hit on Gordon and popped the ball out, and Clay Matthews recovered the fumble. Unfortunately the offense could not convert and had to punt.
The Chargers last drive before the half featured Keenan Allen heavily. He made a few highlight reel catches to get them into the red zone. From there, San Diego got to the one on a catch by Allen before scoring on the last play of the half on a pass from Rivers to Inman to pull the game within seven at 17-10.
A 19-yard touchdown from Rivers to tight end LaDarius Green got the Chargers on the board right away at the start of the second half. Rivers reached 300 yards passing on the drive, one that totaled 79 yards on eight plays. A 50-yard bomb to Malcolm Floyd set the Chargers up in great field position shortly before the touchdown.
Julius Peppers recorded the first sack of the day for the Packers in the third quarter. After defensive lineman Mike Daniels committed a costly penalty on 4th-and-1 to keep San Diego's drive alive, Peppers' sack moved the Chargers back and forced them to punt.
The Chargers scored 14 unanswered points during the game until Rodgers hit James Jones for his sixth touchdown of the season the Packers' second drive of the half. Green Bay drove down 69 yards on just seven plays to break the 17-17 tie and make it 24-17.
On San Diego's next drive, Sam Shields couldn't hang on to a ball that had a chance to stop the Chargers from kicking a field goal. The Chargers connected on a 32-yard and made the game 24-20 at that point. Floyd had two more catches on this drive.
After the Packers punted on the ensuing drive, Rivers got two first downs with pass completions of 21 and 14. The Chargers moved the the Green Bay 40, but a huge sack by Datone Jones on third down stopped San Diego from moving any further. The Packers responded on their next offensive drive with a 28-yard Crosby field goal.
The Chargers stormed down the field on the next drive with under three minutes to go, but the Packers defense held fort. Rivers took San Diego 77 yards in 2:22 and got his team to Green Bay's 3-yardline. Another huge sack by Jones on third down, followed by a pass deflection by Damarious Randall ended the game.