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Quick Take: Packers 55, Titans 7

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Quick Take: Packers 55, Titans 7

The Green Bay Packers won their 11th game of the 2012 season in impressive fashion, coasting past the Tennessee Titans in a 55-7 rout Sunday at Lambeau Field. The 55 points were the third most in team history, trailing only the 57 scored against Detroit in 1945 and the 56 against Atlanta in 1966. The 48-point differential was the most since 2005.

It was over when…

When Mason Crosby kicked off to start the first quarter. The Titans didn't show up, and the white flag was waving early. Wayne Larrivee of the Packers Radio Network threw out his "dagger" call when DuJuan Harris scored a seven-yard touchdown that put Green Bay up 27-0 with 12:08 in the third quarter. The Titans couldn't get on the plane back to Tennessee fast enough Sunday.

Game Balls

  • Aaron Rodgers: When Rodgers came out of the game with around 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Packers quarterback had 342 passing yards and four total touchdowns. Rodgers also missed a couple of throws he makes in his sleep in the first half that would have made this his line a ridiculous one. The competition wasn't great, but Rodgers certainly was.
  • A.J. Hawk: Hawk set the tone early, working past former Packers fullback Quinn Johnson and dropping Chris Johnson for a loss on the Titans' second play from scrimmage. But he was a thorn in the Titans' side all afternoon long, tallying two sacks, three tackles for losses and three quarterback hits. This was clearly the most disruptive game Hawk has played in some time.
  • Ryan Grant: To be fair, Grant did a majority of his damage after the Packers were up big. But it's hard not to give a game ball to a guy who scored twice and rushed for 80 yards just weeks after being signed off the street. Grant was also fantastic in blitz pickup Sunday, a contribution you won't find in the boxscore.
  • Mike Neal: The Packers were without Jerel Worthy and C.J. Wilson, but Neal made their injuries a moot point. The injured-plagued defensive end has really come on over the last handful of weeks, and his sack of Jake Locker in the second half gave him 2.5 over the last two games. His ability to rush the passer from the inside will be a much-needed commodity once playoff football comes around.
  • Randall Cobb: His ankle injury in the third quarter is reason for worry. However, Cobb was once again impressive before going out. His 14-yard punt return in the first quarter broke Ahman Green's franchise record for all-purpose yards, and then Cobb caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to put Green Bay up 14-0. Cobb's heads-up play on the second half kickoff also set the Packers up with prime field position.

Key Stats

The Packers had 28 first downs and 460 yards, while the Titans had just 10 and 180...Locker finished the first half with a passer rating of 0.0...Green Bay sacked Locker seven times and finished the game with 12 total quarterback hits...Just two penalties were called on the Packers, who had one called off due to off-setting fouls...The Titans were just 4-for-15 on third downs and 0-for-2 on fourth down. Overall, the Packers have allowed just four conversions on third or fourth down the past two weeks...Green Bay rushed for 117 yards, the fifth-straight game rushing for more than 100. Over the last seven games, the Packers are averaging 130 rushing yards...Rodgers became just the second quarterback in franchise history to rush for over 250 yards in four-straight seasons...Rodgers' second-quarter touchdown pass to Cobb broke Brett Favre's two-year touchdown pass record. Favre's 77 touchdowns from 1995-96 were the franchise's gold standard...The Packers have allowed under 200 total yards in back-to-back games.

Other Notes

--Mason Crosby snapped his eight-game streak with at least one missed field goal, but he came close to getting to nine Sunday. His second-quarter kick hit off the right upright and clanked in. Overall, Crosby was good from 26 and 48 yards.

--Center Evan Dietrich-Smith is going to be a benefit for the Packers running game. How he holds up in pass protection was hard to get a gauge on Sunday against a Titans front that was more than willing to throw in the towel.

--With a win against the Minnesota Vikings (9-6) next Sunday at the Metrodome and at least one 49ers' loss over the final two games, the Packers would clinch the NFC's No. 2 seed. The 49ers play Sunday night at Seattle before finishing against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17.

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FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Forgot about Cobb on that return. That may be the most heads-up play I've ever seen. I've been watching football a long time, never seen that before, never thought of that before. Excellent heady play. God I hope he's not hurt though.


Evan's picture

I went from cursing him to praising him in about 3 seconds. Great, great play.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Oh yeah, I just got done calling him an effing idiot when Buck said what the dealy was... Sorry Randall!

Rich Beckman's picture

If he actually understood the rule and did that on purpose, I am impressed beyond measure.

I do not believe I have ever seen that before.

Evan's picture

I have almost no doubt that it was intentional.

CJ in Guatemala's picture

Here is the video of the play, just in case anybody missed it.

hayward4president's picture

One last time...Goooo Seahawks!...Eww I just threw up a lil bit.

I bleed Green More's picture

Go Hawks

CSS's picture

This Seahawk team will be a tough out for any NFC team, and I think they've reached a maturity/confidence point that you may not be able to beat them at home. Wow...

Evan's picture

Yeah, they're looking pretty damn scary.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Very solid team, and you can almost see them gaining more and more confidence. I know they lambasted the bills last week, but they really are a different team on the road. That said, I wouldn't be pissed if they don't come to Lambeau!

hayward4president's picture

Seahawks d is lookin good, but Wilson can be beat.

CSS's picture

The bigger picture: What potential NFC playoff QB really scares you vs. Capers and the Packers defense at full strength in a home game? I'll take Capers and company over the rookies (RG III, Wilson), also over Kaepernick (he's seen minimal defensive looks and teams are getting tape on his tendencies now), Ponder (awful) and Cutler (his record against Packers and Capers speaks for itself).

Anything can happen in playoff football, but would you favor any of the potential QB match ups, outside of a potentially hot Matt Ryan, against a veteran defensive coordinator and the Packers defense at full strength?

Evan's picture

If the Seahawks come to Lambeau it'll make The Clink sound like a library.

Idiot Fan's picture

The funny thing is, it really has so much more to do with stadium construction than anything else (as if one fan base - and the Seahawks' at that - was really just so much better at yelling than another). I remember when Invesco Field was built for the Broncos. All of a sudden - whoosh! - overnight, the fabled Mile High deafening noise disappeared.

Evan's picture

I will say that RGIII scares the crap out of me. I just get visions of Vick in 2003.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Many friends and co-workers are hawk fans. Being that I watched every snap of Wilson last year, I tried to tell them after the draft that he would be the mayor of Seattle within three years. Many of them thought it was a wasted draft pick and that Flynn was the guy... What a difference 6-7 months make! Glad to see him thrive, good kid.

Point Packer's picture

The Hawks scare me as much or more than the Niners at this Point. Atlanta doesn't scare me at all. The Hawks are clicking. They have a tone of confidence. Lynch is a beast.

pooch's picture

Game moved to 3:35 next week

jack in jersey city's picture

i hope they show it in the NYC area

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