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Packers Lead Ravens 17-0 At The Break


Aaron Rodgers has thrown two touchdown passes and Green Bay's defense has limited Baltimore to just 72 yards of total offense as the Packers lead the Ravens 17-0 at halftime.

The Packers got on the board first with a 29-yard field goal from Mason Crosby on the opening drive of the game. Green Bay started out at Baltimore's 43 after wide receiver Jordy Nelson returned the opening kickoff 38 yards, and Rodgers completed passes of 10 and 15 yards respectively to Brandon Jackson and James Jones to convert third downs.

Baltimore moved into the red zone on their opening drive, but linebacker Clay Matthews forced a fumble by running back Ray Rice on a carry and safety Nick Collins recovered. Collins got another takeaway on the Ravens' next possession, intercepting quarterback Joe Flacco's flea-flicker pass deep down the right sideline intended for wide receiver Derrick Mason at Green Bay's 23. Collins returned the pick 25 yards, but the Packers went three-and-out.

Green Bay extended their lead to 10-0 with less than five minutes remaining in the half with an eight-play, 83-yard drive that was capped off with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley also had a 29-yard reception down the seam and a 14-yard grab down to Baltimore's 2 to set up the TD catch.

The Packers scored once more before the half on an 8-yard TD pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Donald Driver with just over 30 seconds remaining. Rodgers found Driver in the left flat, and Driver made a nifty move to elude cornerback Domonique Foxworth's tackle attempt.

The key plays on the drive were a 23-yard run up the middle by Rodgers to convert a 2nd-and-17, and Rodgers found wide receiver Greg Jennings down the right sideline on the next play for a 17-yard pickup.

Rodgers has completed 16-24 for 147 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, and Finley has five receptions for 56 yards and a score.

Green Bay's defense has held to just 11 yards rushing on seven carries, and Flacco has completed 6-of-14 passes for 54 yards.

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