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article imageNFL: Packers bounce back with 28-20 win over Cardinals

By Austin Tyler     Aug 21, 2011 in Sports
Green Bay - Leading up to the Packers first pre-season game they had a practice that just looked awful and had quarterback Aaron Rodgers not worried about practice. Their first game was loss, but they seemed to bounce back nice last night.
The Green Bay Packers hosted the Arizona Cardinals for a Week 2 pre-season game. The Cardinals are coming off a disappointing loss to the Oakland Raiders last week were they lost 24-18. The Packers are trying to bounce back as well after they suffered a tough loss to the Cleveland Browns 27-17.
The Cardinals started the game with the ball and went a quick three and out as their drive only lasted .58 seconds and covered all of two yards. Arizona punted the ball to Green Bay, but their drive was not that long either as it only lasted 1:11, and took just 4 plays before they punted the ball back to them.
Kevin Kolb (6/11, 80 yards) led the Cardinals down the field on their next drive that went 79-yards before Jay Feely came in to kick a 39-yard field-goal. Green Bay got the ball back and but could only move the ball 21-yards before being forced to punt the ball away. Kolb came back on the field to lead the Cardinals down the field 51-yards before Feely came back on and kicked in a 53-yarder. Feely’s field-goal made it a 6-0 lead for the Cardinals.
Green Bay final got their offense going with Aaron Rodgers (9/12, 97 yards, 1 TD) who led a no huddle offense 78-yards on 7 plays to score their first touchdown of the game. Rodgers hit Greg Jennings (2 receptions, 24 yards, 1 TD) on a 20-yard pass that gave the Packers a 7-6 lead. The Cardinals had got the ball back, but actually lost yards on this drive before they were forced to punt it away.
Matt Flynn came in to take over the Packers offense and moved them 34-yards before Alex Green (6 carries, 8 yards, 1 TD) ran the ball in for a touchdown from two yards out. Green’s touchdown made it a 14-6 Packer lead after being down 6-0. John Skelton (3/7, 39 yards) came in to take over the Cardinals offense and did his best to move them in field-goal range. Skelton moved the Cardinals 39-yards and .04 seconds on the clock they brought Feely in for another field-goal but he missed it short. The field-goal was from 59-yards out and that ended the half.
Richard Bartel (13/19, 169 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) came in and took over the Cardinals offense to start the second half. He came out gunning as he moved Arizona 32-yards and capped off the drive with a 7-yard pass to Stephen Williams (2 receptions, 19 yards, 1 TD) for a touchdown. With Arizona now within one-point 13-14 the game got interesting.
The Packers first drive of the second half still under Green went thee and out before being forced to punt. Bartel moved the Cardinals offense down the field again, but this time it was a 63-yard drive. Alfonso Smith scored the touchdown for the Cards, giving them a 20-14 lead. Green still struggled with the offense as they only moved the ball 12-yards this drive before being forced to punt. The Cardinals did not better as they ended the third quarter with a punt after going three and out.
The Packers opened the fourth quarter with a bang as Flynn hit Chastin West (5 receptions, 134 yards, 1 TD) on a 97-yard boom. That touchdown right there gave the Packers back the lead, but only by one-point, 21-20. Arizona could not move the ball when they got it back and was forced to punt it away. Graham Harrell (7/9, 81 yards, 1 TD) came in to take over for the Packers at quarterback. Harrell wasted no time as he moved the Packers on an 89-yard drive that was capped off by a pass to Kerry Taylor (1 receptions, 6 yards, 1 TD). The Packers took a 28-20 lead and that sealed the game for the Pack.
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