GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - Quarterback Brett Hundley proved he can also dish out a hit for the Green Bay Packers. The backup to Aaron Rodgers looked like a tailback when he lowered his right shoulder into cornerback Dominique Hatfield near the goal line and barreled into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown run. Hundley also threw for a score to lead the Packers to a 24-10 win on Thursday night over the Los Angeles Rams in the preseason finale. The Packers (3-1) look set at quarterback with Hundley backing up two-time NFL MVP Rodgers. The defense had its moments, too, albeit against a Rams offense that started third-stringer Dan Orlovsky at quarterback. Both teams played mostly backups for most of the night. But the Packers' defense will surely get a shot of confidence after forcing two first-half turnovers. Green Bay also got what could be its starting cornerback group on the field for the first time in a preseason game. Davon House returned from a hamstring injury, joining Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins on the first series. The defense for the Rams (2-2) remains a work in progress, especially up front with All-Pro Aaron Donald holding out and Dominique Easley out for the year with a knee injury. End Ethan Westbrooks did provide a bright spot with a sack in the first quarter after the Rams blitzed what has been a suspect second-string offensive line. With Easley sidelined, Westbrooks figures to start in coordinator Wade Phillips' new 3-4 scheme. But Hundley frustrated the Rams anyway two plays later after sidestepping out of the pocket to his right on third-and-goal from the 12, then scrambling for his touchdown run and a 7-0 lead. The Rams struggled on offense with starting quarterback Jared Goff and top backup Sean Mannion sitting out, along with lead running back Todd Gurley. Orlovsky finished 16 of 30 for 149 yards and an 18-yard touchdown to Johnny Mundt in the fourth quarter.
RUNNING IT OUT: Justin Davis played most of the game for the Rams, rushing for 55 yards on 17 carries. With Lance Dunbar out with a knee injury, Davis appears to be in line for the third-string running back job behind Gurley and Malcolm Brown.
POSITION BATTLE: Taysom Hill, in a competition for the Packers' third-string quarterback spot with Joe Callahan, led an impressive nine-play, 58-yard scoring drive capped by a 25-yard pass to Aaron Peck early in the fourth quarter for a 24-3 lead. Hill finished 4 of 4 for 31 yards and flashed his mobility with 19 yards on two carries. Callahan followed Hill in the fourth quarter, going 2 of 2 for nine yards.
INJURIES: Packers receiver Geronimo Allison and Rams safety Isaiah Johnson both left with 56 seconds left in the second quarter after a hard collision on Allison's 10-yard reception to the Rams 1. Allison got up but went to the locker room anyway to be evaluated for a concussion. Johnson stayed down on the field for about a minute in the end zone, then walked back to the locker room with an undisclosed injury.
LOS ANGELES GREEN BAY
First downs 14 18
Rushes-yards 24-67 30-132
Net Passing yards 143 110
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 30-16-2 27-17-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-6 4-29
Punts-Average 6-49.3 7-46.9
Fumbles 0 1
Penalties-Yards 8-76 11-109
Time of Possession 26:58 33:02
LOS ANGELES - 0 3 0 7 - 10
GREEN BAY - 7 7 3 7 - 24
1st - GB - Brett Hundley, 13-yard run (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - LAR - Greg Zuerlein, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Aaron Jones, 1-yard pass from Hundley (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
3rd - GB - Crosby, 28-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-3
4th - GB - Aaron Peck, 25-yard pass from Taysom Hill (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-3
4th - LAR - Johnny Mundt, 18-yard pass from Dan Orlovsky (Travis Coons kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
GREEN BAY - Aaron Jones 8-48, Jamaal Williams 11-31, Taysom Hill 2-19, Devante Mays 6-18, Brett Hundley 1-13 1 TD, Kalif Phillips 2-3
LOS ANGELES - Justin Davis 17-55, Aaron Green 7-12
GREEN BAY - Brett Hundley 21-11-99 1 TD, Taysom Hill 4-4-31 1 TD, Joe Callahan 2-2-9
LOS ANGELES - Dan Orlovsky 30-16-149 1 TD 2 INT
GREEN BAY - Geronimo Allison 3-27, Devante Mays 2-36, Aaron Peck 2-27 1 TD, Aaron Ripkowski 2-9, Kalif Phillips 2-6, Trevor Davis 1-11, Jeff Janis 1-9, Jamaal Williams 1-6, Max McCaffrey 1-4, Emanuel Byrd 1-3, Aaron Jones 1-1 1 TD
LOS ANGELES - Brandon Shippen 7-58, Johnny Mundt 2-24 1 TD, Justin Davis 2-21, Sam Rogers 2-15, Travis Wilson 2-14, Paul McRoberts 1-17
Green Bay finishes 3-1 in August; roster cuts coming Saturday
GREEN BAY – The Packers wrapped up the 2017 preseason with a 24-10 victory over the Rams on Thursday night at Lambeau Field, finishing the month of August with a 3-1 record. Roster cuts are up next, with Green Bay needing to reduce its roster to 53 players by 3 p.m. CT Saturday. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: An interception by the Packers’ defense set up the first score of the game and gave Green Bay a 7-0 lead over the Rams. The two teams traded three-and-outs on their opening possessions. The Rams faced third-and-1 and handed off to RB Justin Davis, but Packers CB Quinten Rollins was the first to get there, wrapping his legs as teammates finished off the short-yardage stop. Rollins made another nice play with a tackle for loss on first down on the Rams’ next drive, leading to another three-and-out. He then returned the ensuing punt 14 yards, and the Packers took over on their own 28. QB Brett Hundley nearly connected with WR Geronimo Allison on a big play, but as Allison caught the deep ball, he was hit in mid-air and came down out of bounds. The Packers went three-and-out for a second straight time. The Rams got the initial first down of the game on a 19-yard screen pass to Davis, but CB LaDarius took charge from there. He came on a slot blitz for a 6-yard sack on first down, and then he intercepted QB Dan Orlovsky’s third-down slant pass when it deflected off the receiver’s hands. Taking over at the Rams’ 40-yard line, Hundley hit Allison for an 8-yard gain and WR Trevor Davis for 11 more. A holding penalty on G Adam Pankey wiped out an impressive TD catch by Allison, but a screen pass to RB Devante Mays picked up 20 and made it first down on the 11. A false start on T Kyle Murphy and a sack by Rams DL Ethan Westbrooks pushed the Packers back to the 29, but another screen to Mays picked up 16, and then Hundley’s third-down scramble from 13 yards out put the Packers on the board. The Rams picked up three first downs to move into Green Bay territory before the quarter expired.
Second quarter: A Green Bay interception set up a touchdown in the second quarter, and the Packers took a 14-3 lead over the Rams into halftime. Starting the quarter at the Green Bay 36, the Rams drove for a field goal. A defensive penalty, a 10-yard pass to TE Travis Wilson, and an 11-yard pass to WR Brandon Shippen set up first-and-goal on the 4. But the Packers’ defense held there, with the help of a false start on LA, and K Greg Zuerlein was good from 27 yards out to make it 7-3. The Packers picked up one first down on a 10-yard run by RB Aaron Jones and another on a Rams facemask penalty, but the drive stalled shy of midfield. Taking over on their own 11, the Rams converted on third-and-9 as Orlovsky hit Shippen for 21 yards against a blitz. After an offensive holding, CB Josh Hawkins was then called for pass interference, good for 18 yards, but the Green Bay defense held there. The Packers didn’t do anything with it, though, as RB Jamaal Williams was stopped for a 1-yard loss on third-and-1. Hawkins broke up Orlovsky’s third-down pass on the Rams’ next drive, and they punted again as well. A sack of Hundley on second down then forced the Packers to punt from their own end zone. The Rams took over near midfield, but on third-and-13, Packers CB Donatello Brown intercepted Orlovsky and returned it to the LA 41 with 1:50 left in the half. A roughing-the-passer penalty moved the Packers to the 26, and a 9-yard pass to Allison set up second-and-1. Jones ran for 6 yards for a first down on the 11, and the Packers called timeout with 1:04 to go. On third-and-10, a pass over the middle to Allison was complete. Allison took a big hit at the goal line and was just short of the touchdown, making it first-and-goal inside the 1. Allison was slow to get up and walked slowly off the field straight to the locker room. He was being evaluated for a concussion. Hundley then found Jones for a 1-yard TD pass on second down, and the Packers took a 14-3 lead with 30 seconds left in the half.
Third quarter: A long, time-consuming drive for a field goal extended the Packers’ lead over the Rams to 17-3 after three quarters. With rookie QB Taysom Hill taking over the Packers’ offense, Williams ran five straight times for 21 yards to start the second half. A third-down pass to TE Emanuel Byrd came up one yard short of the first down, but the Packers went for it and Williams converted with a 5-yard run. Mays then ran four straight time for 16 yards, and a defensive holding penalty on third down gave the Packers a first down at the LA 19. After a sack, another defensive penalty for pass interference on third down made it first-and-goal on the 10. Williams ran twice to the 5, but Hill fumbled the ball on third down, recovering it himself. K Mason Crosby was good from 28 yards out to make it 17-3, finishing a drive that consumed 17 plays and 11 minutes, 18 seconds. The Packers’ defense forced a three-and-out, and Hill got right back to work, scrambling 13 yards into LA territory. Another 6-yard scramble and a defensive penalty made it first down on the 31. After a short run by Jones, a personal foul on Packers G Geoff Gray pushed the ball back to the 44 as the quarter expired.
Fourth quarter: On the first play of the final period, Jones broke free for a 24-yard run for a first down at the LA 20. An illegal block in the back on WR Malachi Dupre eventually led to third-and-15 from the 25, and Hill found TE Aaron Peck for the TD, extending Green Bay’s lead to 24-3 with 12:23 left. The Rams finally found the end zone, driving 64 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Davis carried five times for 26 yards, and TE Johnny Mundt caught an 18-yard TD pass with 6:42 to go, cutting the Packers’ lead to 24-10. Joe Callahan came in at QB for Green Bay, but went three-and-out. Packers CB Daquan Holmes nearly got an interception on the Rams’ next drive, and the Rams punted, but Callahan went three-and-out again.