Packers had right answer for Raiders at right time

Long second-quarter TD drive put Green Bay ahead to stay

QB Aaron Rodgers
QB Aaron Rodgers

GREEN BAY – What's the best way to answer an opponent's touchdown drive that consumes more than eight minutes on the clock?

With one of your own.

The Raiders had just put together a 14-play, 86-yard touchdown drive covering 8 minutes, 28 seconds to take a three-point lead in the second quarter on Sunday when the Packers responded with an 11-play, 82-yard scoring drive that lasted 8:06.

Green Bay never trailed again on its way to a 42-24 victory at Lambeau Field, so the long scoring march is the Chevy Drive of the Week.

Starting from their own 18-yard line trailing 10-7, the Packers got moving quickly on a 21-yard completion from QB Aaron Rodgers to FB Danny Vitale on the second play of the drive. Moments later, Rodgers had to overcome an offensive pass interference penalty and did with a 15-yard strike to WR Geronimo Allison on third-and-8.

From there, RB Aaron Jones ran three straight times for 11 yards before a 9-yard pass to WR Allen Lazard made it second-and-1 on the Oakland 20. A false start backed the Packers up again, but the first defensive penalty on the possession made up for it, with the Raiders getting called for pass interference against TE Jimmy Graham near the goal line.

Two plays later, Rodgers flipped a quick pass in the flat to RB Jamaal Williams for a 2-yard touchdown, and the Packers were back in front, 14-10.