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All tied at 7 heading into fourth

Packers convert twice on third down late in third quarter


GREEN BAY – The Packers and Texans entered the fourth quarter all tied at 7 on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Packers' offense began the second half with a three-and-out. Texans LB Whitney Mercilus sacked QB Aaron Rodgers on second down, leading to the punt.

The Texans got going on a 24-yard pass to WR Will Fuller on third-and-9, and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz followed with an 8-yard reception. An 11-yard pass to WR DeAndre Hopkins made it first down on the Green Bay 15. A 4-yard run by RB Lamar Miller and a 5-yarder by RB Jonathan Grimes set up fourth-and-1 on the 6, and QB Brock Osweiler rolled out and hit WR Ryan Griffin for the TD.

K Nick Novak's extra point tied the game at 7 with 7:32 left in the third.

The Packers got a 39-yard kickoff return from WR Ty Montgomery but soon faced fourth-and-2 from the Houston 48. Green Bay went for it, but FB Aaron Ripkowski was stopped short of the marker, and the Texans took over.

Houston converted on third-and-12 with a 14-yard run on a Grimes draw, but the drive stalled there and the Texans' punt pinned the Packers on their own 2-yard line.

Green Bay got out of the hole with a 9-yard pass to TE Richard Rodgers and a 13-yard run by WR Ty Montgomery. A 10-yard pass to TE Jared Cook moved the chains again as the quarter expired. The two third-down conversions were more than the Packers had all game before the drive began.

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