Packers' early TD drive was short but important

Ground game got established in big day running the ball


GREEN BAY – It only covered 41 yards, but it broke a streak that needed breaking.

When the Packers capitalized on an early Rams fumble, taking advantage of the short field to score a touchdown, it was Green Bay's first TD in the first half since Week 2.

So it might as well be the Chevy Drive of the Week. That fact that it featured one pass and then six consecutive running plays said something about how the Packers were going to win the game, too.

A fumbled snap that led to Jonathan Owens' strip sack of Rams backup QB Brett Rypien gave the Packers the ball at the LA 41-yard line following De'Vondre Campbell's recovery.

A checkdown throw in the flat to TE Josiah Deguara picked up seven yards and got the drive going. Then Aaron Jones ran for seven yards, and AJ Dillon followed with a 12-yard run.

From there, it was all Jones, as rushes for two, five, and five yards on third-and-3 set up first-and-goal from the 3, and he took the ball for the fourth straight play (and fifth of the last six) to get the score.

The Packers were first on the board, the first-half TD drought was over, and the offense was on its way to a season-best 184-yard rushing day.


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