Packers Lead Bucs 21-17 At Halftime


Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes in the first half as the Green Bay leads Tampa Bay, 21-17, at halftime at Raymond James Stadium.

The Packers got on the board on their second offensive play of the game after the defense forced the Bucs to go three-and-out on their first possession. On second down from the Green Bay 26, wide receiver James Jones beat cornerback Elbert Mack deep down the right sideline, and Rodgers connected with him near midfield with Jones taking it the rest of the way for the 74-yard touchdown. It was the longest pass of Rodgers' career.

Mack made up for it on the Packers' next possession, picking off Rodgers' deep pass down the middle intended for wide receiver Donald Driver at the 44 and returning it 36 yards down to Green Bay's 8. Quarterback Josh Freeman found running back Derrick Ward on a pass in the flat for a 6-yard touchdown to even the game at 7.

The Packers answered back with a 69-yard, 11-play drive that was capped off with a 2-yard touchdown run by Ryan Grant. Grant had a 20-yard run on the drive, and Rodgers completed passes of 12 and 10 yards to Jennings.

After Green Bay went three-and-out on their next possession, linebacker Geno Hayes came up the middle to block Jeremy Kapinos' punt, and cornerback Ronde Barber returned the ball 31 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 14.

The Packers took a 21-14 lead when Driver beat Barber down the right sideline and Rodgers found him for a 32-yard touchdown. Grant had a 15-yard run on the drive, and Rodgers scrambled for seven yards to pick up a third down.

Connor Barth made a 38-yard field goal right before the half to narrow Green Bay's lead to 21-17.

Rodgers completed 7-of-15 passes for 156 yards and the two scores with one interception, and Grant picked up 55 yards on 10 carries.

Freeman threw for 127 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-18 passing.

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