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article imageNFL:Rodgers dismantles Broncos with 6 total TD’s to get big win

By Austin Tyler     Oct 3, 2011 in Sports
Green Bay - You almost expect every time Aaron Rodgers touches the field that he is going to throw for a few touchdowns, but you rarely expect him to run for them. The Packers look like they are in mid-season form as Rodgers leads them to a 49-23 victory.
The Green Bay Packers (4-0) hosted the Denver Broncos (1-3) for a Week 3 matchup. The Packers have been cruising this season as they pick apart almost every team that is put in front of them. The Broncos on the other hand are still dealing with quarterback issues as Kyle Orton continues to struggle to get the Broncos on the right path and get another victory.
Denver opened the game with the ball as they tried to get the ball moving with Willis McGahee (15 carries, 103 yards) on the ground. The drive stalled as they went three and out to punt the ball away to the Packers.
Green Bay tried to get their offense going as they move the ball 56-yards on the opening drive. They got most of the damage done with Arron Rodgers (29/38, 408 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 Int) arm as he hit Greg Jennings (7 receptions 103 yards, 1 TD) 43-yard pass and hit Jordy Nelson (5 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD) for a nine-yard pass. The drive came up dry with two incomplete passes with only a yard to get. Then James Starks (13 carries, 63 yards) was stopped by Brian Dawkins on fourth and one.
With the ball turned over on downs the Broncos got the ball moving as they went 78-yards on the ensuing drive. Kyle Orton (22/32, 273 yards, 3 TD’s, 3 Int’s) connected with Brandon Lloyd (8 receptions, 136 yards) 17-yard catch, and then McGahee had a 28-yard run to keep the drive going. The Broncos could not move the ball after that and had Matt Prater come on and kick a field-goal. Prater gave the Broncos a early 3-0 lead off a 27-yard field-goal.
Rodgers came back on the next Packers drive and got the ball moving with the two quick passes. Starks then had a back-to-back runs as he broke one for 16-yards. On the next play the Packers ran play action and Rodgers hit Nelson on a 50-yard bomb for a touchdown. That put the Packers in front with the score 7-3.
The Broncos took over after the kickoff and tried to get their running game going as they gave McGahee back-to-back carries. On third and four Orton dropped back to pass and had his pass intercepted by Charles Woodson who returned it for a touchdown. Woodson took the ball back 30-yards for his 11th career interception return, and gave the Packers a 14-3 lead.
On the kickoff the Packers hit them with the trickery as they kicked an onside kick and recovered it. The Packers got the ball moving on this drive as Rodgers used his arm to get them down field. Rodgers connected with Donald Driver (3 receptions, 20 yards, 1 TD) for a 11-yard touchdown and a quick 21-3 lead.
Orton and the Broncos got the ball on the ensuing drive and he wasted no time moving the offense down the field. Orton moved the Broncos 69-yards and scored in just four plays. Orton hit Lloyd on to deep passes, one for 18 yards and the other for 44-yards. On the next play Orton connected with Eric Decker (5 receptions, 56 yards, 2 TD’s) on a 5-yard pass. That cut the Packers lead down to 11-points as the score was 21-10.
Green Bay went three and out on their next drive and punted the ball back to the Broncos. Denver got the ball going on this drive as well as they moved it 71-yards. Orton connected with Lloyd again, but this one was for 50-yards, but the play was nullified by a penalty. McGahee broke a 14-yard run as the Broncos marched down the field. Orton linked up with Decker again as he caught a 33-yard touchdown pass that put them back in the game 21-17.
With 3:21 left in the half the Packers got the ball rolling and again as Rodgers picked the Broncos defense apart. Rodgers ran on a couple of plays for short gains, but did most of hit through the air. He had three ten plus yard passes, and then capped the drive off with hitting Jennings for a 17-yard touchdown pass and catch. The Packers took a 28-17 lead going into halftime as Orton took a knee to end the half.
The Packers got the ball to start the second half and the offense stayed on beat as they moved the ball 75-yards on this drive. Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley (3 receptions, 28 yards) and Nelson for 16-yard gains. Using his arm to move the ball down the field for the Packers, Rodgers ran the ball in from 8-yards out to score a touchdown. The Packers took a 35-17 lead over the Broncos to start the third quarter.
The Broncos took the ball after the kickoff and got it moving, but it did not last long. Orton hit Lloyd for a 16-yard gain and then McGahee had a 10-yard run, but the drive was stopped when Daniel Fells fumbled. Orton threw Fells a pass over the middle and he was hit by Desmond Bishop who forced the fumble. Morgan Burnett recovered it for the Packers giving them another chance to score.
Rodgers and the Packers offense got it going as he hit Randall Cobb (2 receptions, 75 yards) for a 61-yard bomb. He later connected with James Jones (3 receptions, 48 yards, 1 TD) on a 16-yard touchdown pass that made it a 42-17 Packer lead. Denver got the ball and went three and out punting the ball back to the Packers.
Green Bay tried to get the ball moving, but Rodgers threw his first interception of the game on the fourth play of the drive. Jonathan Wilhite intercepted the pass and returned it two-yards. The Packers challenged the play saying he did not catch it, but the replay both upheld the decision.
On the next play for the Broncos Orton gave the ball right back as Sam Shields stepped in and picked the ball off to return 60-yards before being pushed out of bounds. With a shorten field Rodgers let Starks got to work as he had three run plays to open the drive with one going for 22-yards. Rodgers then connected with Driver for his second receiving touchdown of the game. Driver caught an 8-yard pass that gave the Packers a 49-17 lead with 7:46 left in the game.
The Broncos got the ball back and Orton got the offense moving after the interception. McGahee opened the drive with a 12-yard run. Orton then did the rest with his arm as he moved them 78-yards on the drive. He connected with Lloyd for a 23-yard gain, and later hit Fells with 7-yard touchdown pass. Denver went for two after the score and got it on a Knowshon Moreno run to make it a 49-23 game.
Rodgers sat down and Matt Flynn came in to run the Packers offense. Flynn only attempted one pass and that was intercepted by Rahim Moore who returned the ball 18-yards before being pushed out of bounds. Orton stayed in the game, and later threw an interception back to the Packers which ended the game. Charlie Peprah picked off the ball and set the Packers up with a chance to kneel the game over. Flynn took the knees to cap off a lopsided victory for the Packers.
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