Green Bay Packers (5-0) 24, St. Louis Rams (2-3) 10
Sunday October 11th 2015 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers' remarkable run of mistake-free football at home is over. Green Bay, though, is still perfect this season. A relentless defense helped the Packers overcome an unusually average day from their MVP quarterback. Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and 241 yards, and the defense had three sacks and four interceptions to hold off the St. Louis Rams for a 24-10 victory on Sunday. "Good team win today, start with the defense," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I thought they were clearly the key to our victory." Rodgers was 19 of 30 with long scoring strikes to receivers Ty Montgomery and James Jones for the Packers (5-0). But NFL-record streaks of 587 pass attempts and 49 touchdown passes at home without an interception for Rodgers ended in the first quarter on linebacker James Laurinaitis' diving pick of a tipped ball for the Rams (2-3). Rodgers threw another interception in the second quarter before losing a fumble in the third on a sack. "All of them," Rodgers said when asked which turnover bothered him the most. The Rams defense heeded coach Jeff Fisher's advice to get their hands on the football. "How long has it been since Aaron's thrown an interception here? Five-hundred attempts," Fisher asked. The Packers defense was still better. Relentless pressure on quarterback Nick Foles helped keep the Packers unbeaten. Foles' four interceptions were a career-worst, with two in the fourth quarter inside the Packers 10. "I've got to make better decisions to give my teammates an opportunity to make a play," Foles said. Rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and picked off another pass at the 7 with 23 seconds left. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted a tipped pass in the end zone on third-and-goal at the 7. Greg Zuerlein was 1 for 4 on field-goal tries, hitting from 42 but missing his other three attempts, all coming from at least 50 yards. One kick in the second half was blocked by Datone Jones. The mistakes wasted another strong effort for Rams rookie Todd Gurley, who for the second straight week had his best production, with 159 yards rushing on 30 carries. He dented a defense that had held opposing starting running backs to an average of 36 yards on 11 attempts the previous three games. "We're running the football right now. We're 1-1 since Todd's got his opportunity, so we just need to keep improving," Fisher said. But a week after defeating previously unbeaten Arizona, the Rams couldn't repeat the feat on a warm fall afternoon in Green Bay. Foles was 11 of 30 for 141 yards and a touchdown. His longest completion came on a 68-yarder to Stedman Bailey late in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, the Packers' pass rush overwhelmed an inexperienced offensive line that lost veteran guard Rodger Saffold in the first quarter to a shoulder injury. The defense held up in spite of losing tackle B.J. Raji to a groin injury and linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder). Guard T.J. Lang also left in the first quarter with a knee injury. Star linebacker Clay Matthews set the tone with 1 1/2 sacks and several other trips into the backfield. Mike Daniels led the charge on the defensive line with eight tackles. Safeties Clinton-Dix and Micah Hyde more than made up for the loss of Morgan Burnett, who missed a third straight game with a calf injury. "It still is an offensive team, but it's nice when the defense can hold their own, especially in the last couple of weeks when opposition is having a big defense and maybe our offense isn't clicking," Matthews said. NOTES: James Jones' 65-yard TD catch at 12:41 of the third quarter was Green Bay's longest offensive play of the season and gave the Packers a 21-10 lead...The Packers had their first four-interception game since Sept. 13, 2012 in a game against Chicago...Laurinaitis finished with a team-high eight tackles...CB Trumaine Johnson had the Rams' other interception.
                         ST. LOUIS     GREEN BAY
First downs                     17            14
Rushes-yards                36-191         27-86
Net Passing yards              143           236
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     31-12-4       30-19-2
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-18           2-5
Punts-Average               4-45.3        4-47.8
Fumbles                        1-0           1-1
Penalties-Yards               8-40          7-67
Time of Possession           33:43         26:17
ST. LOUIS -  0  10   0   0  - 10
GREEN BAY - 14   0   7   3  - 24
1st - GB - Ty Montgomery, 31-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Quinten Rollins, 45-yard interception return (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - STL - Tavon Austin, 5-yard pass from Nick Foles (Greg Zuerlein kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - STL - Zuerlein, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - GB - James Jones, 65-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
4th - GB - Crosby, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-10
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 8-39, Eddie Lacy 13-27, James Starks 5-17, John Kuhn 1-3
ST. LOUIS - Todd Gurley 30-159, Tavon Austin 3-22, Tre Mason 2-8, Nick Foles 1-2
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 30-19-241 2 TD 2 INT
ST. LOUIS - Nick Foles 30-11-141 1 TD 4 INT, Johnny Hekker 1-1-20
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Richard Rodgers 6-45, Ty Montgomery 4-59 1 TD, James Starks 3-29, Randall Cobb 3-23, James Jones 2-77 1 TD, Eddie Lacy 1-8
ST. LOUIS - Stedman Bailey 3-73, Benny Cunningham 2-28, Lance Kendricks 2-16, Tavon Austin 2-6 1 TD, Cody Davis 1-20, Brian Quick 1-10, Jared Cook 1-8
St. Louis Rams' James Laurinaitis (55) celebrates his interception with teammates Mark Barron (26) and Rodney McLeod (23) during the first half (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday October 11th
Chicago 18, KANSAS CITY 17 - Jay Cutler led Chicago to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including an alert toss to running back Matt Forte with 18 seconds left, giving the Bears a stunning 18-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Bears (2-3) trailed 17-3 early in the third quarter when Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles went down with a potentially serious knee injury. Kansas City's offense quickly dropped off, and that allowed Chicago to mount a comeback for its second straight last-minute win. Cutler threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns, the first a 22-yard strike to Marquess Wilson with 3:05 left in the game. After the Bears forced a quick three-and-out, Cutler drove them inside the 10-yard line. He took a snap in the shotgun, dropped it, then spotted Forte in the end zone. The Chiefs (1-4) tried a 66-yard field goal that came up short as time expired.
Arizona 42, DETROIT 17 - Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns, Matthew Stafford was benched after throwing a third interception, and the Arizona Cardinals routed the Detroit Lions 42-17 Sunday. The Cardinals (4-1) have a two-game lead in the NFC West. The Lions (0-5) have the dubious distinction of being the NFL's only winless team and are off to their worst start since becoming the league's only 0-16 team in 2008. Palmer was poised and efficient, completing 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards, with a 14-yard pass to Darren Fells, an 18-yard connection to John Brown, and a 2-yard strike to Larry Fitzgerald for scores. Stafford simply struggled, getting picked off on passes well short of receivers and missing at least one wide-open option. He was replaced in the third quarter by Dan Orlovsky.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins (24) returns an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu/USA Today)
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    5   0   0  1.000   137   81
Minnesota    2   2   0   .500    80   73
Chicago      2   3   0   .400    86  142
Detroit      0   5   0   .000    83  138