Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady: Packers fall to Patriots 31-17 in Sunday night matchup
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It was a Sunday Night Football battle featuring two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL — Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady — as the Green Bay Packers faced the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium Nov. 4.
The following players were declared inactive ahead of the matchup, according to Packers.com:
Green Bay Packers
- 8 QB Tim Boyle
- 10 P Drew Kaser
- 28 CB Tony Brown
- 56 LB Korey Toomer
- 64 G Justin McCray
- 70 T/G Alex Light
- 81 WR Geronimo Allison
Starting lineup changes: No. 83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling will start at wide receiver for Allison
New England Patriots
- 26 RB Sony Michel
- 47 TE Jake Hollister
- 50 LB Nicholas Grigsby
- 63 OL Brian Schwenke
- 69 G Shaq Mason
- 74 OL Cole Croston
- 87 TE Rob Gronkowski
Kickoff was set for 7:20 p.m. CT.
As play got underway on Sunday night, the Packers won the coin toss and opted to defer. The Patriots started with the ball.
The Patriots scored quickly, with James White running the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. New England led 7-0 with 11:40 left in the first.
The Packers got on the board with a field goal with about five minutes left in the first. The score was then Patriots 7, Packers 3.
New England led by four at the end of the first.
The Patriots added to their lead with a field goal early in the second, bringing the score to 10-3.
The Packers tied the ballgame with a two-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Davante Adams. The extra point made it 10 all.
The Patriots took back the lead with a touchdown with less than two minutes left in the half — bringing the score to 17-10.
Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead was ejected during the first half. Whitehead was trading shoves with Patriots center David Andrews when second year defensive back from Auburn spun around and slapped Andrews in the face.
He was called for unnecessary roughness and tossed out of the game.
Whitehead was the replacement for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was traded to the Washington Redskins last week.
The Packers tied the game again early in the third with a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jimmy Graham — bringing the score to 17 all with about 11 minutes left in the quarter.
The game was tied at 17 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Patriots broke the tie with a touchdown with about 10 minutes left in the game. With the extra point, the score was New England 24, Packers 17.
New England extended their lead to 31-17 with a touchdown with about seven-and-a-half minutes left in the game.
The final score was 31-17 — and the Packers are now 3-4-1 on the season.
The Packers face the Miami Dolphis on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:25 p.m. at Lambeau Field.