Packers Trail Cardinals 24-10 At Halftime


Two Green Bay turnovers in the first five minutes helped stake Arizona to an early 14-0 lead, and the Packers trail the Arizona Cardinals 24-10 at halftime.

On the first play of the game, quarterback Aaron Rodgers' pass intended for tight end Donald Lee was tipped by linebacker Karlos Dansby and intercepted by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at the Green Bay 40.

Three plays later, quarterback Kurt Warner found wide receiver Jerheme Urban wide open in the right flat for a 13-yard gain, and running back Beanie Wells picked up 14 yards on a run up the middle on the next play. Warner connected with wide receiver Steve Breaston for an 11-yard gain down to Green Bay's 5, and running back Tim Hightower took it up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown two plays later.

Just two plays later, Green Bay turned the ball over again in Arizona territory, this time when wide receiver Donald Driver caught a hitch pass and was then stripped by Dansby. The ball bounced down the field before defensive tackle Alan Branch recovered it at Green Bay's 22.

It took Arizona just two plays to score again as Warner found wide receiver Early Doucet wide open over the middle for a 15-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead for the Cardinals.

After a Neil Rackers field goal pushed Arizona's lead to 17-0, the Cardinals appeared to be poised to score again early in the second quarter. With the ball at Green Bay's 22, Warner found wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on a short pass, but cornerback Charles Woodson stripped the ball with his right and linebacker Clay Matthews recovered at the 20-yard line. Matthews scooped the ball up and returned it 28 yards.

The Packers took advantage of the field position, driving 52 yards in six plays for the first score of the day, a 1-yard sneak from Rodgers. Running back Ryan Grant had runs of 10 and 20 yards on the drive, and cornerback Michael Adams was flagged for a 10-yard pass interference penalty on Driver in the end zone to put the ball at the Arizona 1.

Arizona answered right back, going 79 yards in eight plays to go up 24-7. Running back Beanie Wells posted a pair of 9-yard runs, and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling picked up 18 yards on a run along with a face-mask penalty on safety Atari Bigby. Two plays later, Warner found Doucet over the middle, who spun away from a Nick Collins tackle attempt and took it in for the 15-yard score.

Facing a 3rd-and-5 at the Green Bay 30 on the next series, Rodgers lofted a pass deep down the sideline for tight end Jermichael Finley, who made the catch over cornerback Bryant McFadden for a 44-yard gain. Finley caught another pass the next play for 17 yards down to Arizona's 9, but the Packers were forced to settle for a 20-yard field goal from Mason Crosby as time expired to narrow the Cardinals' lead to 24-10.

Warner has completed 12-of-14 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers has connected on 9-of-14 passes for 104 yards.

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