NFL Game Recap - Denver at Green Bay
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

TEN
7
JAX
20
F
DET
27
PHI
24
F
NYJ
14
NE
30
F
OAK
14
MIN
34
F
BAL
28
KC
33
F
ATL
24
IND
27
F
DEN
16
GB
27
F
MIA
6
DAL
31
F
CIN
17
BUF
21
F
NYG
32
TB
31
F
CAR
38
ARI
20
F
NO
33
SEA
27
F
PIT
20
SF
24
F
HOU
27
LAC
20
F
LAR
20
CLE
13
F
CHI
31
WAS
15
F

Green Bay 27, Denver 16

Sep 22, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Denver (0-3)

0

10

6

0

16

Green Bay (3-0)

7

10

7

3

27

Packers remain unbeaten with 27-16 win over Broncos
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:36 PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers thought his jersey never looked so clean following a game.

The offensive line kept Rodgers upright, the two-time MVP threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron Jones tied a career high by running for two scores to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 27-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

"I took basically one shot," Rodgers said. "I hit the ground one time. So I'm ecstatic. I've been at this for a long time. To go home with my body feeling this good is a credit to the offensive line, for sure."

For the third straight game, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and the Denver defense failed to record a sack or force a turnover.

"I've got to find a way to get sacks," Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller said. "I've got to find a way to do my job. I think nobody's holding me to a higher standard than myself. It's just tough. I've never liked to lose, ever, since I was a little kid, and I'm still that way now. Even double. It's a rough patch for us. We've just got to find a way to get over the hump."

The Broncos (0-3) fell to 0-6-1 all-time on the road against the Packers.

While Rodgers stayed clean, Joe Flacco did not. Preston Smith matched a career high with three sacks as Green Bay got to Flacco six times and forced three turnovers to lead the Packers (3-0) to the win despite being dominated in time of possession 35:34 to 24:26.

"We don't care if the offense is leaning on us," Smith said. "We're going out there to do the best we can do. We're going to play to the level and the expectation we have for ourselves and one another, and we're going out there and being the bad-ass defense."

Flacco was 20 of 29 for 213 yards with an interception and no touchdowns.

Rodgers found Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a 40-yard strike on the opening drive and finished 17 of 29. Jones' touchdown runs came from 7 yards and 1 yard out.

"He has legit 4.3 speed," Rodgers said of Valdes-Scantling, who had a game-high 99 yards receiving on six catches. "I mean, that's just is what it is. Now, he's playing to his kind of speed. He's playing a lot more free. ... We hold ourselves to a high standard. I'm going to hold him to a high standard. I'm very proud of a couple of the adjustments he made today, but we need that continued consistency out of Marquez because he's dynamic with his ability to get down the field."

Following Valdes-Scantling's first score of the season, Flacco and the Broncos' offense spoiled a 60-yard kickoff return by Diontae Spencer, going three-and-out on their first possession.

But Denver tied it at 7 on a 1-yard run by Phillip Lindsay at the start of the second quarter. The score capped a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ate up more than eight minutes.

Mason Crosby put the Packers ahead on a 42-yard field goal with 11:19 to go in the first half. The Broncos answered about 8 minutes later with a field goal of their own.

Green Bay's new-look defense continued its impressive start to the season. After a sack by Za'Darius Smith, who finished the day with two, fellow newcomer Smith followed with one of his three sacks. Flacco coughed up the ball and Rashan Gary recovered it at the Broncos 5. Jones ran it in from the 7 and Green Bay took a 17-10 lead into the locker room.

"Man, that's the goal we aim for every week, is to be the best we can be and to be the best defense out there in the NFL," Smith said. "So, yeah, we're turning into the best defense. I'm confident in these guys."

Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander opened the third quarter by recording his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery after stripping Noah Fant on a 4-yard completion. Green Bay took advantage as Rodgers hit fullback Danny Vitale for a 27-yard gain that put the ball on the 1 before Jones ran it in for his second touchdown to make it 24-10. It was Jones' second career multi-touchdown game. The third-year running back also had two rushing touchdowns last season against the Dolphins.

Lindsay cut it to 24-16 on a 1-yard run with about 6 minutes left in the third. Brandon McManus missed the extra point.

Crosby added a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game.

"Yeah, that's three games in a row. That's no good, obviously," said first-year Broncos coach Vic Fangio, who went 2-5 against Rodgers-led offenses as Bears defensive coordinator from 2015-18. "And it is the circumstances of the game, to a degree. This game in some ways was similar to our first two. Until we can stop people more decisively and score more points, teams are going to be content playing these types of games."

INJURIES

Broncos: DE Derek Wolfe was carted off the field in the second quarter with a right ankle injury. He did not return. Fangio had no update after the game.

CHASING HISTORY

Rodgers needs one touchdown throw to pass Fran Tarkenton for the ninth most in NFL history. Rodgers and Tarkenton are tied with 342 career touchdowns. Eli Manning is eighth with 362.

ROOKIES GROWING UP

The Packers drafted both Gary and safety Darnell Savage in the first round in April. Savage had his first career interception Sunday, while Gary recorded his first career sack.

"I feel on this defense we have the good swagger about ourselves," Gary said. "We trust one another that when we look to the left and the right of us that everybody's going to do what they need to do to come out with the win. That's the type of mindset the defense has got."

NEXT UP

Broncos: Host Jaguars on Sept. 29.

Packers: Host Eagles on Thursday night.

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Passing

DEN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Flacco 29 20 69.0 0 213 52 1 75.8 6
GB Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
A. Rodgers 29 17 58.6 1 235 40 0 96.2 0

Rushing

DEN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Lindsay 21 81 3.9 9 2
R. Freeman 15 63 4.2 13 0
GB Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Williams 12 59 4.9 12 0
A. Jones 10 19 1.9 7 2

Receiving

DEN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Sutton 5 87 17.4 52 0
P. Lindsay 4 49 12.3 36 0
GB Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Valdes-Scantling 6 99 16.5 40 1
D. Adams 4 56 14.0 22 0

Team Stats Comparison

DEN GB
Points For 16 27
Total Yards 310 312
Rushing Yards 149 77
Passing Yards 161 235
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/29 17/29
Turnovers 3 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 0/0
First Downs 20 16
Rushing Touchdowns 2 2
Passing Touchdowns 0 1
Penalties - Yards 3/27 7/53
Time Of Possession 35:34 24:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 8/15 2/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/3 2/2
Sacks Against 6 0
Punts - Average Yards 3/49 4/53
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 1/3 0/0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/60 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter DEN GB
GB 2:44 TD Marquez Valdes-Scantling 40 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter DEN GB
DEN 0:42 TD Phillip Lindsay 1 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 7 7
GB 3:41 FG Mason Crosby 42 yd FG 7 10
DEN 11:10 FG Brandon McManus 30 yd FG 10 10
GB 13:04 TD Aaron Jones 7 yd run (Mason Crosby kick) 10 17
3rd Quarter DEN GB
GB 2:51 TD Aaron Jones 1 yd run (Mason Crosby kick) 10 24
DEN 9:01 TD Phillip Lindsay 1 yd run (missed kick) 16 24
4th Quarter DEN GB
GB 9:11 FG Mason Crosby 41 yd FG 16 27

Game Information

Stadium: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Attendance: 78,078
Game Time: 2:58
Weather: