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Packers stretch lead to 17-3 after three

QB Joe Callahan leads two scoring drives


GREEN BAY – A 10-point third quarter stretched the Packers' lead over the Raiders to 17-3 with one quarter to go on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers' defense began the second half with a three-and-out, and the offense got moving right away. QB Joe Callahan scrambled for 9 yards to convert on third-and-6, and then he found rookie WR Geronimo Allison for 18 yards over the middle.

Allison then drew a pass interference penalty on the Raiders for another first down, and Callahan neatly scrambled out of trouble and found RB John Crockett for 12 yards to the Oakland 23. Another scrambling completion, this one to TE Kennard Backman, gained 8 yards and made it first-and-goal on the 10. Crockett ran it in from there for a TD to make it 14-3.

The Packers' defense remained stingy, as S Kentrell Brice chased down a short pass for a 1-yard loss, and S Jermaine Whitehead broke up a throw on third down. WR Trevor Davis ran up and caught a low, short punt, returning it 21 yards into Oakland territory.

It didn't take long for the Packers to reach scoring territory. An 11-yard screen pass to Crockett converted on third-and-6 to get to the 29, and two Callahan runs set up third-and-1 from the 20. RB Brandon Burks made a nice cutback to gain 15 yards, setting up first-and-goal from the 5, but the drive stalled there on a third-down sack.

K Mason Crosby was good from 26 yards out, and the Packers led, 17-3, with 1:56 left in the quarter.

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