GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - For the course of three hours on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers couldn't find the end zone against the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore's defense bent here and there, but never came close to breaking in beating Green Bay 23-0. The Ravens (5-5), coming off their bye, had six sacks and forced five turnovers. It was the first time the Packers (5-5) were shut out since 2006, when they were blanked by the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots in head coach Mike McCarthy's first season. The Ravens started the game by forcing three consecutive turnovers. In the second half, they got two fourth-down stops and forced two more turnovers. By the time the game ended, most of the fans remaining in Lambeau Field were wearing the purple of the Ravens and had gathered behind their bench. "Anthony Levine, our special-teams ace, said to everyone today, 'Let's be legendary in a legendary stadium,'" said safety Eric Weddle, who had one of the team's interceptions. "We are in a seven-game stretch where we can't just be good. We have to be the best in the league for us to get where we want to get. Shoot, a shutout in Lambeau." Even with three takeaways, Baltimore led only 6-0 at halftime. However, the Ravens struck quickly to open the second half to take a 13-0 lead, with Joe Flacco dropping a perfect 21-yard touchdown pass to receiver Mike Wallace against cornerback Damarious Randall. The lead seemed insurmountable, barring a major blunder from Flacco, who entered the game with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. However, Flacco turned in one of his better performances of an otherwise disappointing season, going 22 of 28 for 183 yards with one touchdown and one interception. "To come here and to play pretty much spotless football, the kind of game we needed to play to win the game," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "We had the one turnover going in and that's really the only thing we didn't do toward the victory. "I feel like the rest of the plays, the 160-some plays, were all played in terms of winning football. And that's what we needed to do." The Ravens' touted pass defense dominated Packers quarterback Brett Hundley. Starting his fourth game in place of Aaron Rodgers, Hundley was guilty of four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble). "I can't say I've ever won a game with four, five turnovers. The odds are stacked high against you," Hundley said. "If we take care of the ball this game, hopefully it would be a different story, but I've got to take care of the football as the quarterback of this team." Matthew Judon and Willie Henry had two sacks apiece. Terrell Suggs added a sack midway through the fourth quarter that gave Baltimore its fourth takeaway. That set up Justin Tucker's third field goal, which made it 16-0 with 4:46 remaining. One more sack by Suggs and an interception by rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey, which set up Alex Collins' touchdown run just before the two-minute warning, clinched the shutout. Wide receiver Davante Adams had a big day with eight catches for 126 yards for the Packers (5-5), who lost their third straight at home. With a dominant defense and dysfunctional offense, Baltimore could do no better than a 6-0 lead at halftime. The Ravens, who entered the game with a league-high 13 interceptions, added two on the first two possessions. On the first, the Packers had a second-and-goal at the 5, but cornerback Jimmy Smith dropped coverage on Adams to intercept an end-zone pass to receiver Randall Cobb. On the second, Hundley uncorked an ill-advised deep pass as he was about to be hit by outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith and was intercepted by Weddle. The Ravens turned the second interception into a 32-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter. Baltimore added a third turnover in as many possessions when Judon stripped running back Devante Mays, with inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor recovering. "I think the biggest thing is you talked about the first drive, we were able to move down there," McCarthy said. "But the result of the first three drives ending in turnovers and really the turnovers were probably the biggest factor in the game from my viewpoint. You have to take care of the football. "You know, you look at our history here in Green Bay as far as the standard we’ve set, winning the turnover ratio and that was offensively, way too much for us to overcome." The Ravens just couldn't do anything with their good fortune. Onwuasor's recovery gave the Ravens the ball at the Packers 43, but the offense lost 5 yards. Then Michael Campanaro returned a punt 28 yards to the Packers' 30 with 1:37 left in the half, but the Ravens couldn't get a first down and settled for a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
NOTES: The Baltimore victory was the 100th of John Harbaugh's head coaching career. He has won 90 regular-season games and 10 in the playoffs. ... Packers WR Jordy Nelson moved into third place on the team's all-time receptions list with a first-series catch. He had been tied with Hall of Famer James Lofton for third with 530 receptions. ... Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley (concussion) and Packers CB Kevin King (shoulder) were the starters on the inactive list. ... Packers OLB Clay Matthews recorded his first sack since Week 4, but suffered a groin injury and did not return. Packers RT Justin McCray, starting for Bryan Bulaga (knee; injured reserve), injured a knee and was replaced by Jason Spriggs. Packers DT Kenny Clark was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury. ... Ravens RB Danny Woodhead was activated from injured reserve on Saturday and caught four passes in the first half.
BALTIMORE GREEN BAY
First downs 14 16
Rushes-yards 26-58 25-75
Net Passing yards 161 190
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 28-22-1 36-21-3
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-22 6-49
Punts-Average 7-41.4 5-40.4
Fumbles 0 2
Penalties-Yards 3-30 5-53
Time of Possession 30:03 29:57
BALTIMORE - 0 6 7 10 - 23
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 0 - 0
2nd - BALT - Justin Tucker, 32-yard field goal BALTIMORE 3-0
2nd - BALT - Tucker, 39-yard field goal BALTIMORE 6-0
3rd - BALT - Mike Wallace, 21-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Tucker kick) BALTIMORE 13-0
4th - BALT - Tucker, 23-yard field goal BALTIMORE 16-0
4th - BALT - Alex Collins, 3-yard run (Tucker kick) BALTIMORE 23-0
GREEN BAY - Jamaal Williams 18-57, Brett Hundley 3-19, Devante Mays 3-(-1)
BALTIMORE - Alex Collins 20-49 1 TD, Javorius Allen 3-8, Danny Woodhead 1-2, Joe Flacco 1-(-2)
GREEN BAY - Brett Hundley 36-21-239 3 INT
BALTIMORE - Joe Flacco 28-22-183 1 TD 1 INT
GREEN BAY - Davante Adams 8-126, Jamaal Williams 4-38, Randall Cobb 3-34, Jordy Nelson 2-24, Aaron Ripkowski 1-6, Lance Kendricks 1-5, Richard Rodgers 1-3, Joe Kerridge 1-3
BALTIMORE - Danny Woodhead 5-21, Mike Wallace 4-56 1 TD, Jeremy Maclin 4-34, Alex Collins 4-22, Maxx Williams 2-6, Ben Watson 1-33, Javorius Allen 1-9, Nick Boyle 1-2
Green Bay commits five turnovers in shutout loss
GREEN BAY – The Packers were shut out for the first time since Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s first season in 2006, losing 23-0 to the Ravens on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The loss dropped the Packers to 5-5 on the season, three games behind NFC North-leading Minnesota. The Ravens improved to 5-5. It was a struggle on offense all day for Green Bay, as the Packers turned the ball over five times and never threatened to score after the game’s opening drive. QB Brett Hundley threw interceptions on the first two possessions and then threw a third pick late in the game, finishing 21-of-36 for 239 yards and a 43.6 passer rating. RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 57 yards on 18 carries. WR Davante Adams led Green Bay’s receivers with eight catches for 126 yards. For the Ravens, QB Joe Flacco was 22-of-28 for 183 yards with one TD and one INT for a 90.9 rating. WR Mike Wallace had a touchdown, catching four passes for 56 yards. RB Alex Collins rushed 20 times for 49 yards and a score. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: Packers QB Brett Hundley threw interceptions on Green Bay’s first two drives, and the Ravens ended a scoreless first quarter in field-goal range. The Ravens won the toss and deferred, so the Packers got the ball first. WR Trevor Davis returned the kickoff to the 32 and QB Brett Hundley promptly hit WR Jordy Nelson for 17 yards on the first play from scrimmage. It was Nelson’s 531st career reception, moving him into third on the Packers’ all-time list. After an 8-yard run by RB Jamaal Williams, Hundley went deep to WR Davante Adams for 33 yards, making it first-and-goal on the 10. After an offside call put the ball on the 5, Hundley tried to hit WR Randall Cobb in the end zone, but Baltimore CB Jimmy Smith stepped in front to pick the ball off, ending a promising opening drive. QB Joe Flacco got the Ravens moving with passes of 17 yards to WR Mike Wallace and 11 yards to WR Jeremy Maclin. Four plays later, RB Alex Collins plowed ahead for 5 yards on fourth-and-1 from the Green Bay 41. The next snap, in shotgun, went over Flacco’s head and Collins recovered for a loss of 14. On third-and-long, LB Clay Matthews sacked Flacco, and Baltimore had to punt. Hundley picked up two first downs with passes to Nelson and Williams, but he then threw his second interception of the day to S Eric Weddle, trying to go deep downfield to TE Lance Kendricks. Throwing off-balance, Hundley didn’t get nearly enough on it, and it was an easy pick at the Baltimore 39. A 16-yard pass to Wallace, a tripping penalty on LB Blake Martinez, and a near-interception by S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix set up third-and-6 at the Green Bay 26. Flacco found RB Danny Woodhead for 7 yards and a first down. The Packers stopped the next third down on a run by Collins, though, making it fourth down on the Green Bay 15 as the quarter expired.
Second quarter: The Ravens kicked two field goals to take a 6-0 lead over the Packers into halftime. On the first snap of the second quarter, Ravens K Justin Tucker made a 32-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead. Williams picked up two first downs on the ground, the second on fourth-and-1 from the Green Bay 45. But rookie RB Devante Mays fumbled the ball on his first NFL carry, and the Ravens recovered at the Green Bay 43. Three drives, three turnovers for Packers. Green Bay’s defense responded with a three-and-out, though, as Martinez tackled Woodhead for a 6-yard loss on a second-down pass, and a third-and-long screen to Woodhead went nowhere. The Packers then posted their own three-and-out. A second-down screen to Williams was close to breaking, but came up 2 yards short of the first down, and a scrambling Hundley threw the ball away on third down. On the Ravens’ next offensive series, it was announced Matthews has a groin injury for the Packers. Baltimore got into scoring range on a 21-yard catch-and-run by Collins, which had a 15-yard personal foul added for roughing the passer on Dean Lowry. But on first down from the Green Bay 24, Flacco’s pass down the sideline for Woodhead was picked off by Clinton-Dix, his second interception of the season. Taking over on their own 2, the Packers got out of the hole with a 14-yard catch by Adams. Hundley scrambled for another first down on third-and-3. An 11-yard slant to Adams moved the chains again, but a 12-yard sack by Ravens LB Matthew Judon made it second-and-long at the two-minute warning. Judon sacked Hundley again on third down as the Packers were trying to set up a screen, and Baltimore called timeout with 1:49 left as the Packers lined up to punt. P Justin Vogel’s low punt was returned 28 yards by WR Michael Campanero, putting the Ravens on the Green Bay 30 with 1:37 left in the half. Packers LB Kyler Fackrell sacked Flacco for an 8-yard loss on first down, but Flacco hit Maclin over the middle for 14 yards on third-and-15. Baltimore called its final timeout with three seconds left, and Tucker was good from 39 yards out on the final play of the half.
Third quarter: The Ravens scored the game’s first touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter, and the Packers’ offense couldn’t get anything going as Baltimore took a 13-0 lead into the final period. The Ravens got the ball to open the second half, and WR Chris Moore returned the kickoff 35 yards to the Baltimore 41. Flacco hit TE Benjamin Watson for 33 yards over the middle on the first snap, and three plays later, Wallace hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass one-handed with CB Damarious Randall in tight coverage. Randall appeared to slam his head into the turf, and he was down in the end zone and attended to for a few minutes before heading to the locker room. Hundley hit WR Randall Cobb for 7 yards and Adams for 19 to get across midfield. But on fourth-and-6 from the Baltimore 41, Hundley was sacked by DT Willie Henry, and the Ravens took over on their own 49. Green Bay’s defense responded with a three-and-out, though, and the Packers took over at the 20 after a touchback. Hundley hit Williams for 14 yards and then scrambled on third down for 12 more to get across midfield again. Hundley’s third-down deep ball for Nelson was overthrown, and the Packers punted, pinning the Ravens on their own 11. Lowry sacked Flacco at the 5 on first down, and Flacco’s third-down pass came up short. After a 9-yard punt return by WR Trevor Davis, the Ravens were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the Packers took over at the Baltimore 45. The Packers couldn’t take advantage of the field position, though. Williams was stopped on both third-and-2 and fourth-and-1, and the Ravens got the ball right back.
Fourth quarter: Baltimore punted from midfield early in the fourth quarter and downed it at the Green Bay 6. Hundley got the Packers out of the hole with a 15-yard slant to Adams on third-and-10, but he was sacked on first down by Henry, and the Packers had to punt. The Ravens punted again from midfield, and the Packers were back inside their own 10. A 25-yard pass to Adams got things moving, but LB Terrell Suggs hit Hundley from behind on the next play, knocking the ball loose. LB C.J. Mosley recovered for Baltimore at the Green Bay 29-yard line, the Packers’ fourth turnover of the game. On a short run by Collins, Clinton-Dix was flagged for a late hit out of bounds, putting the Ravens on the 13. The Packers stopped the drive at the 5, and Tucker tacked on a 23-yard field goal to make it 16-0 with 4:46 left. Suggs sacked Hundley on fourth down on the Packers’ next drive, and the Ravens took over in Green Bay territory again. After a Baltimore punt, Hundley threw his third interception of the game, as CB Marlon Humphrey picked him off and returned it to the Green Bay 3. Collins ran around left end for the score on the next play, and Baltimore upped its lead to 23-0.