Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 342 yards and three
touchdowns and also ran for another score, as the Green Bay Packers pummeled
the Tennessee Titans, 55-7, on Saturday at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers finished an efficient 27-of-38 passing to go with four carries for 11
yards, while Ryan Grant rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
James Jones finished with seven catches for 100 yards and a score, while
Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings each hauled in a touchdown pass for the Packers
(11-4), who have won four straight.
"This was an important momentum game for our football team," Packers coach
Mike McCarthy said. "It's important for us to finish out the season the right
The Packers, fresh off clinching their second straight NFC North Division
title, are still vying for a first-round bye, but need to win next week in
Minnesota and hope San Francisco loses to either Seattle later tonight or
Arizona in their season-finale.
Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker struggled all day, going just 13-of-30
through the air for 140 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions in
the setback, Tennessee's fourth in its last five games.
Locker led the ground attack with 32 yards on four carries, while Chris
Johnson managed just 28 yards on 11 carries for the Titans (5-10), who will
miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
"Obviously we didn't play very well at all," Titans coach Mike Munchak
admitted. "If you go three-and-out the first three times and turn the ball
over twice in the first quarter to a good football team at home, you're not
going to win many games doing that."
After forcing the Titans to go three-and-out on their first two touches, the
Packers started their second drive near midfield.
Rodgers moved his squad across midfield with an 8-yard pass to D.J. Williams
before an 18-yard surge from Grant gave the Packers a first down at the
Two plays later, Rodgers dropped back to pass, but saw a hole up the middle
and scrambled six yards into the end zone to give Green Bay a 7-0 lead with
just under seven minutes left in the opening frame.
Following another Tennessee three-and-out, Green Bay took over at the Titans'
43-yard line. The Packers quickly capitalized on the good field position, as
Rodgers completed all three passes on the short scoring drive, including a 20-
yard touchdown toss to Cobb to make it 14-0 with 4:28 left in the first.
Green Bay's defense set up the team's next score late in the first, as Eric
Walden picked off Locker inside Tennessee territory and returned it 20 yards
to the Titans' 14.
The Packers, though, couldn't fully capitalize, as Rodgers' third-down pass
fell incomplete and the Packers settled for a 26-yard field goal from Mason
Crosby to press the margin to 17-0 early in the second.
After the Titans turned the ball over on downs on their next touch, the
Packers converted a 4th-and-1 on Grant's 2-yard surge to set up Crosby's 48-
yard field goal that hit the right upright and deflected through to extend the
lead to 20-0 with 4:40 left in the second quarter.
The Packers carried their 20-0 lead into the break before scoring touchdowns
on their first five touches of the second half to blow the game open.
On their first possession, Rodgers hit Cobb for 31 yards down to the Tennessee
27 before finding Jermichael Finley for 13 more to the Titans' 9-yard line.
Two plays later, DuJuan Harris took a carry over the right side and sped into
the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown and a 27-0 Green Bay lead.
After another Tennessee punt, the Packers put together a 7-play, 71-yard
scoring march on their next touch.
Rodgers completed a pair of passes to Jones before Grant caught a short pass
and scampered 34 yards to the Tennessee 1. Rodgers then flipped a pass out to
Jennings, who stepped into the end zone to press the margin to 34-0 with 5:40
left in the third.
The Packers again forced Tennessee to punt and Rodgers quickly moved his squad
across midfield with an 18-yard completion to Finley.
Back-to-back completions to Jennings moved the ball to the Tennessee 12 before
Jones caught a short pass and made a defender miss en route to a 12-yard
touchdown to make it 41-0 early in the fourth.
After yet another three-and-out from the Titans, Jeremy Ross returned the
ensuing punt 58 yards to the Tennessee 7, setting up Grant's 7-yard TD run on
the next play to make it 48-0 with 12:31 left in the game.
Tennessee again failed to pick up a first down on their ensuing touch, and
Grant quickly moved the Packers deep into Tennessee territory before capping
the 7-play, 32-yard march with a 9-yard touchdown run to press the margin to
55-0 with 6:25 left in the fourth.
The Titans finally cracked the scoreboard late in the fourth when Locker hit
Kenny Britt for a 2-yard touchdown with under two minutes left in the game.
Rodgers has won 25 of his last 27 starts at Lambeau Field ... Randall Cobb (2,
342) is now the franchise leader for most combined net yards in a season ...
Tennessee had won three straight games against Green Bay ... The Packers had
28 first downs compared to just 10 from the Titans ... Green Bay outgained
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