Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offensive starters knew coming into Thursday night's preseason finale against Tennessee that they would get very limited action, but even they had to be surprised with how brief a night it was.
Rodgers connected with wide receiver Greg Jennings on the first play of the game for a 68-yard touchdown. The play-action pass from Rodgers went just over the fingertips of Titans CB Nick Harper and free safety Michael Griffin overran Jennings, leaving him with an easy path to jog the rest of the way down the sideline for the score.
"Aaron threw a perfect ball in the hole, and the safety came down for the interception instead of playing the ball, and it worked out in our favor," Jennings said.
The offense's night concluded with the one-play scoring drive. Running back Ryan Grant, who missed the first three preseason games with a hamstring injury, started but his duties were limited to the fake on the play-action.
"I was happy with the one play," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "It would have been nice to get them a little more work, but we were just being smart. Health is our number one priority."
Green Bay's defense also was limited to one series on the evening, a 10-play, 76-yard drive by the Titans that ended with a 22-yard field goal by John Vaughn. Quarterback Vince Young completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Justin McCareins with safety Nick Collins covering on third down to keep Tennessee's drive alive. Young made another play on a third down, this time with his legs, on a 13-yard run in which he eluded several tacklers.
Rookie quarterback Brian Brohm led the offense the next two series, but was unable to generate a first down. He did complete 2-of-3 passing attempts for 12 yards.
Matt Flynn entered the game for the next two drives, but didn't fare much better against Tennessee's No. 1 defense. He did not attempt a pass and and turned the ball over when he was sacked by Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse.
After the Packers defense forced a Titans punt, Tennessee took a 13-7 lead on a on a fake punt that was snapped to safety Vincent Fuller, who scored on a 40-yard run.
Brohm re-entered the game on the fifth drive, but the Titans generated another turnover when defensive end Jacob Ford sacked Brohm and forced a fumble. Following the turnover, Vaughn kicked his third field goal of the half to give Tennessee the 16-7 lead at the break.