Packers 2-3 after loss to Colts in Indy, 30-27
The Pack led the Colts 21-3 Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers capped scoring for the half with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb on a third-and-six play — with about four-and-a-half minutes left in the half.
Rodgers threw a six-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the second quarter, after John Kuhn scored a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Rodgers completed 11 of 17 passes for 122 yards and no interceptions. He completed passes to seven different receivers.
Colts’ Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck completed 16 of 26 passes for 174 yards.
Packers’ Cedric Benson and B.J. Raji each had to leave the game with foot injuries.
At the start of the third quarter, Rodgers was intercepted on the right sideline by Jerraud Powers on third and short at the Green Bay 39.
Following a flag for illegal forward pass at third and 15, Packers’ Tim Masthay punted 58 yards to the Colts’ 30.
Packers’ Jermichael Finley left the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter.
Later in the third quarter, an interception by Packers’ Tramon Williams was overturned after review, and the Colts got the ball at the Green Bay 32.
Colts’ Adam Vinatieri kicked a 50-yard field goal and the Colts cut Green Bay’s lead to 21-13.
Packers’ kicker Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with about three minutes left in the third quarter — making it first and 10 for the Colts from the Colts’ 42.
Colts’ quarterback scored a touchdown for the Colts with a three-yard run.
At the end of the third quarter, the Packers led the Colts 21-19.
An interception by Packers’ Casey Hayward at the Green Bay 29 to start the fourth quarter ended the Colts’ drive.
Rodgers had a 19-yard run followed by a sack by Mathis. Luck then found T.Y. Hilton for 26 yards to the Green Bay 11 and first down — with nine minutes remaining in the game.
Vinatieri kicked a 28-yard field goal — making the score Colts 22, Packers 21.
With less than eight minutes left in the game, Rodgers found James Jones for 24 yards.
With about four minutes left in the game, Rodgers passed to Jones for a touchdown — making the score Packers 27, Colts 22.
With under three minutes left in the game, the Colts drove the ball past the midfield at the Green Bay 45 for first and 10. With the Colts at the Green Bay three-yard-line, 39 seconds remained in the game. Then came a Colts touchdown — a four-yard pass to Reggie Wayne with a two-point conversion.
To end the game, the Pack set up for a 52-yard field goal — and the Colts declared victory, 30-27.
The 2-2 Green Bay Packers took on the 1-2 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, October 7th in Week Five of the NFL’s regular season. This, following a close 28-27 victory in Week Four against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field.
Last week’s Packers/Saints game was the first game for the Pack since the NFL and referees union came to an agreement ending the strike that had replacement refs on the field for the first three weeks of the regular season. These replacement refs drew widespread controversy following what many say was a blown call during the Packers game in Seattle vs. the Seahawks — that left Seattle with the win.
Last week, it was learned Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia, according to team owner Jim Irsay. The coach’s doctor has described it as a highly treatable form of the disease.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will take the team’s helm during Pagano’s absence.
Arians as named the team’s offensive coordinator on January 31, 2012, after spending the previous eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-11), including five as the offensive coordinator (2007-11). In Pittsburgh, Arians was part of teams that won three AFC North titles, two AFC Championships and one Super Bowl title.
The Pack visits the Colts on Sunday for the first time since 2004, and the team’s first at Lucas Oil Stadium — which opened in 2008. The game will kick off a stretch of three consecutive road games for Green Bay. Following Sunday’s contest against the Colts, Green Bay will travel to Houston and St. Louis for its next two games.
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