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Packers vs. Rams final score: Taysom Hill & running backs impress in 24-10 victory

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Green Bay saw its quarterback depth chart take shape in tonight’s game and faces some tough decisions over the next few days.

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The Green Bay Packers were victorious on Thursday night in the final game of the 2017 preseason schedule, defeating the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 24-10. The Packers got nice performances from their defense and a few rookie running backs as they got a good, long look at sixty players up and down their roster.

The Packers inactivated a whopping 28 players for Thursday’s game, between injuries and simply sitting starters (primarily on offense). It showed immediately on the Packers’ first offensive drive as well, as the backup offensive line got blown up on the first running play. The teams traded three and outs to start early on, with the Packers’ defense looking sharp with a handful of starters in on the first series.

Davon House played just the first drive and made one tackle before giving way to Josh Hawkins. On the first two series, the secondary looked good; Quinten Rollins knifed through for a few tackles in the running game and Reggie Gilbert threw aside a blocker at the line of scrimmage to help out on one of those tackles for loss.

One of the prettiest plays in the early portion of the game for the offense didn’t count, but it looked nice. Brett Hundley got loose on a bootleg left and heaved a bomb to Geronimo Allison, who hauled in a great catch. Unfortunately, the throw was just a bit too far to the sideline, as Allison could only get one foot down in bounds.

LaDarius Gunter made a pair of big plays on one series midway through the first quarter, taking advantage of mistakes by the Rams. First, he sacked QB Dan Orlovsky after being unblocked on a blitz from the slot, then he picked off a pass that was tipped after being behind its intended receiver.

The Packers finally had some offensive success after that, with a few nice catches-and-runs by Trevor Davis and Devante Mays. Allison made another highlight-reel catch that didn’t count, going up and over a cornerback near the pylon for a would-be touchdown. However, that was called back for a hold on Adam Pankey. On a third-and-12 from the Rams’ 13, Hundley escaped the pocket and barreled through a pair of defenders at the goal line for the first touchdown of the game.

The Rams fought back on their next series, picking on Lenzy Pipkins early for a pair of completions, but once they got inside the Red Zone the Packers’ defense stiffened. Three straight times the Rams targeted Donatello Brown, but two of three passes were incomplete and Brown helped break up another as the Rams kicked a field goal to make the score 7-3.

Ultimately, Brett Hundley played the entire first half of the game, perhaps a sign that the Packers do not plan on keeping a third quarterback on the 53-man roster. He added a touchdown pass to rookie running back Aaron Jones with seconds left in the second quarter. However, just a few plays before that, Geronimo Allison went to the locker room after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit at the goal line.

In the second half, Jamaal Williams got some significant carries, toting the ball on six of the first seven plays of the third quarter. All told, the first drive went for 17 plays (12 runs) and over 11 minutes, ending with a Mason Crosby field goal. Taysom Hill completed one pass for three yards but took a pair of sacks on the drive.

Hill bounced back from that rough series by leading another scoring drive. This one featured Jones at tailback, and he broke out a 24-yard run up the middle to put the Packers near the red zone. Three plays later, Hill nimbly danced around the oncoming pass rush and threw a laser beam across his body to tight end Aaron Peck for a 25-yard touchdown and a 24-3 lead.

The Rams finally found their way into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter, pulling within two possessions on an 18-yard touchdown by tight end Johnny Mundt. On the touchdown, Mundt caught the ball in the flat and shook off an oncoming Josh Jones before rumbling into the end zone for six points.

Joe Callahan finally stepped onto the field with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. The offense went three-and-out twice with Callahan under center, as he completed his two pass attempts for nine yards.