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Packers trail 41-25 heading into fourth

Couldn't close the gap much in third quarter


NASHVILLE – The Packers couldn't close the gap much in the third quarter but went into the fourth quarter down by two scores, 41-25, to the Titans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

The Packers' defense began the second half with a three-and-out, stopping RB DeMarco Murray on back-to-back runs starting with second-and-2.

The Packers got aggressive right away. On fourth-and-1 from their own 31, they ran a pitch right to RB James Starks for 7 yards. Then on fourth-and-5 from their own 43, QB Aaron Rodgers fired deep to WR Davante Adams for 35 yards. Two snaps later, Rodgers scrambled up the middle for a 20-yard TD run. He was hit late in the end zone by CB Perrish Cox, leading to a penalty on the kickoff. The try for two was no good as Starks was stopped on a run up the middle.

The Packers had pulled within 35-22 with 8:53 left in the third.

Back on defense following a failed onside kick, the Packers would have had the Titans in third-and-8, but DT Mike Daniels was called for taunting, giving Tennessee a free 15 yards and a first down across midfield. Then on third-and-5, QB Marcus Mariota found WR Tajae Sharpe for a 33-yard TD pass. The two-point pass was no good, making it 41-22 Titans with 6:27 left in the period.

The Packers got going on their next drive with a 17-yard pass to WR Geronimo Allison. WR Jordy Nelson then caught a 14-yard pass on third down, and WR Randall Cobb added a 6-yard catch-and-run to convert another third down and get the Packers to the Tennessee 20. A sack by Titans LB Brian Orakpo stalled the drive, though, and the Packers settled for a 38-yard field goal by Mason Crosby. The Packers trailed 41-25 with 57 seconds left in the third.

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