Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are trying to stay in the playoff picture. The Packers are trying to clinch a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the postseason.
Here we go.
Packers inactives: QB Graham Harrell, CB Davon House, RB James Starks, LB Desmond Bishop, G Josh Sitton, T Chad Clifton.
AJ Hawk is active, but not starting. No matter because D.J. Smith picks off Carson Palmer on the Raiders first possession. Smith was just kind of hanging out, enjoying the vibe at Lambeau Field, and Palmer threw it right to him.
Two plays later, Ryan Grant goes for a 47-yard TD. McCarthy needs to call more of those stretch types of runs for Grant. He’s still decent when he can pick his way through a defense, find a hole, and accelerate. He’s no longer effective just crashing into the line up the middle.
10 yards on a fullback end-around? C’mon defense.
A little more air on that bomb to Jennings and this game would be 14-0.
No matter, because Rodgers hits Ryan Taylor for a TD a few minutes later. Taylor needs to work a bit on his Lambeau Leap, however.
Eighteen different players have scored TDs this season.
Wow, if we were frustrated by the Packers drops last week, imagine how Raiders fans feel today.
Sherrod comes in at left tackle for a series and gets absolutely run over on a 3rd down pass. Mason Crosby FG makes it 17-0.
The Raiders put 12 defenders on the field but still can’t stop a Rodgers to Jordy Nelson touchdown. 24-0 good guys. Rodgers ties Brett Favre’s single-season record for TD passes at 39.
There’s really not much to say about this game. Domination from the Packers. The defense is tackling well and generating a bit of a pass rush. Lets see if the defense keeps it up.
I guess it’s hard for the defense not to look good when Palmer is throwing it right to your players. Woodson with the pick.
Oh man, Rodgers is sacked from behind by Aaron Curry and “fumbles.” Nasty looking hit there, Rodgers easily could’ve been hurt. The fumble call is overturned after a three hour replay review.
Finley loses a jump ball in the end zone and the Raiders get an interception. The Raiders can really seize the momentum with a score before halftime (for all the Vikings fans reading this post, that’s called sarcasm).
Robert Francois picks off a pass in the end zone to end a Raiders drive late in the first half. Packers lead 31-0 at halftime.
The Raiders challenge Randall Cobb’s big return to open the second half. Cobb was clearly out of bounds about 20 yards before the play ended, but the replay system has malfuntioned so Oakland is S.O.L. Why can’t someone just turn on a TV to check replays?
Jennings hobbles off the field……
Jennings getting carted off. Dammit……
The Packers defense forgets how to tackle and the Raiders make it 31-7. I think everyone’s mind is on Jennings at this point, however.
Now Ryan Pickett is walking back to the locker room. Isn’t there a 10-run rule or some way to end this game early?
Kind of a weird vibe in the second half with the big lead and the Jennings injury.
Erik Walden recovers a hot-potato fumble, becomes the 19th Packers player to score this season, and makes it 43-7.
Matt Flynn takes over late in the third quarter. Time to make yourself some money, Mr. Flynn.
Sounds like Ryan Pickett has a head injury. Brandon Saine also left in the first half with a head injury.
In other news, the Denver Tebows just tied the Bears with three seconds left in the game. 49ers are also losing.
Getting back to Green Bay, Flynn has looked a little slow when he’s been in there.
Actually the Packers game has gotten kinda boring so I’m watching the Tebows and the 49ers……
The 49ers lose to Arizona. However, the Packers still don’t have home field advantage throughout the playoffs clinched yet.
The Packers do have a first-round by clinched, however. That’s good because I’m going to be on a beach in Mexico the first week of the playoffs.
Good Lord, I mean Good Tebow, the Broncos just (somehow) beat the Bears in overtime.
Back at Lambeau, the Raiders score and make it 46-16.
Sam Shields get a pick with less than 2 minutes left. More importantly, he took a knee instead of running around and getting hurt.
And this game is mercifully over. Packers win 46-16 and improve to 13-0.
A little ragged at times today, but a much-needed blowout win. The main thing to worry about now is Jennings’ knee injury. Everyone pray to Tebow that No. 85 is ok.
Also, Rodgers wasn’t very sharp after getting hit by Curry on the fumble that was eventually overturned. He probably won’t admit it, but I wonder if he was a bit shaken up after that play.
Finally, Derek Sherrod got a lot of time at left tackle today. On the job training or are the coaches not happy with the play of Marshall Newhouse?——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .