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article imageNFL: Packers roll to 6-0 with 24-3 win over Rams

By Austin Tyler     Oct 16, 2011 in Sports
Green Bay - It has not been easy for the St. Louis Rams to start the season, and it did not get any easier as they had to face the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have been on a roll and came into today’s game as overwhelming favorite and they proved why.
The Green Bay Packers (6-0) hosted the St. Louis Rams (0-5) for a Week 6 matchup that put an undefeated Packers team against a winless Rams team. Running back Steven Jackson was back for his first game since leaving with a hamstring injury in Week 1. He tried to get the offense going, but the Packers defense was just too much.
St. Louis opened with the ball and gave it right to Jackson (18 carries, 96 yards) for a 5-yard run. Jackson later had a 13-yard run and a 4-yard run before the drive stalled. Sam Bradford (28/44, 321, 1 Int) then connected with Lance Kendricks (4 receptions, 71 yards) for a 45-yard run that set them up with field-goal range. They had a chance to put points on the board as they moved the ball 56-yards in seven plays. They brought Josh Brown in the game to kick a 47-yard field-goal, but he missed it as it went wide right.
Green Bay got the ball and they moved 49-yards as they got a shorten field. The Packers came out and implemented the run also as they got Ryan Grant (9 carries, 25 yards) going. Aaron Rodgers (17/28, 310 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 Int) then start using his arm as he hit Jermichael Finley with his only catch of the game for 20-yards. The Packers drive stalled as well, but they were able to convert as they brought Mason Crosby in for a 32-yard field-goal.
The Rams took over and could not get the ball moving as they lost a yard on the drive and was forced to punt the ball away. The Packers struggled also and was forced to punt the ball away as they went three and out.
St. Louis tried to get their offense going with the no huddle offense, but that did not work as they moved the ball 42-yards before punting it back to the Packers. Green Bay started their drive after the punt and moved the ball 59-yards in five plays. The Packers got a 15-yard run from James Starks (13 carries, 49 yards) then Rodgers hit James Jones with his only catch of the game for a 35-yard touchdown pitch and catch. The Packers took a 7-0 lead to begin the second quarter.
Green Bay’s defense stepped up and stopped the Rams offense from moving as they held them to just 31-yards on this drive. The Rams tried the no huddle offense again, but they could not get into the endzone or field-goal range. They ended up punting the ball back to the Packers, and it was pinned on the 7-yardline. The Packers got the ball and on the first play of the drive Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson (2 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD) with a 93-yard pass for a touchdown to make it a 14-0 lead.
With 6:34 left in the half the Packers got the ball back after a punt, and they used the no huddle offense to move down the field. Rodgers used his arm for most of the drive as he connected with Greg Jennings (6 receptions, 82 yards) for a 17-yard pass. Rodgers (7 carries, 15 yards) then used his legs on the drive as he had 2 carries for 12-yards on this drive. Rodgers finished the drive with a 7-yard pass to Donald Driver (3 receptions, 25 yards, 1 TD) to make it a 24-0 lead.
The Rams finally got their offense going as they used the no huddle offense to move the ball 62-yards on the drive. Bradford connected with Greg Salas (8 receptions, 77 yards) for a 16-yard pass. Bradford also connected with Brandon Gibson (4 receptions, 43 yards) for catches of 21 and 14 yards. Jackson then had an 11-yard run to get the Rams in place for a 39-yard field-goal. Brown came on and made this field-goal to make it a 24-3 game going into halftime.
The second half was scoreless as the Rams could not move the ball of the stifling Packers defense. The Packers kept the game conservative as they used the running game with a few passes to run the clock out.
With 6:18 to go in the third quarter Bradford threw a pass that was intercepted by Sam Shields to end a drive that looked promising for the Rams. They had moved the ball 70-yards on that drive, but the interception ended it and the chance for them to score.
Rodgers threw an interception as well with 7:10 left in the game. Rodgers tried to keep the drive going with a pass to Jennings only to have Craig Dahl intercept the ball for the Rams.
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