Dec 8, 2014 10:14 PM
Packers lead Falcons 31-7 at halftime
The Associated Press
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Eddie Lacy ran for a touchdown and caught of one of two first-half scoring passes from Aaron Rodgers, powering the Green Bay Packers to a 31-7 halftime lead against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night.
Lacy wiggled from side to side to celebrate his 1-yard touchdown reception with 4:20 left in second quarter. The score was set up by safety Morgan Burnett's interception of Atlanta's Matt Ryan.
The Packers defense nearly got a second pick later in the quarter after tackle Letroy Guion tipped a Ryan pass while being double-teamed. The 315-pound Guion jumped back to try to get the ball off the rebound, but couldn't control it before it hit the ground.
The Falcons then punted two plays later, and the Packers were on their way to another big lead at the half.
Rodgers sidestepped his way out of a late blitz by Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, and then found Jordy Nelson in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left in the half.
Green Bay had outscored foes 167-44 before halftime coming into the night. At 9-3, the Packers were seeking a fifth straight win to stay a game ahead of Detroit atop the NFC North.
Lacy accounted for 56 yards on the ground to go with 20 yards receiving in the first half. His 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter was set up by a 5-yard scramble by Rodgers, who recovered his own fumble at the end of his run.
Defensive tackle Tyson Jackson was whistled for unnecessary roughness on Rodgers on the play. Officials had to separate players from both sides following a brief shouting match.
The Packers added a 38-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, and then capitalized on Burnett's interception and 32-yard return with Lacy's scoring grab.
Green Bay also scored on the game's opening drive on James Starks' 3-yard touchdown run. Atlanta countered quickly with a 4-yard TD run for Steven Jackson to cap a nine-play, 72-yard drive at 7:05 of the first quarter.
But Atlanta followed with four consecutive empty possessions. The Packers' Brad Jones finished off the half by blocking Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal attempt.
This wasn't the start envisioned by the Falcons, who were looking to claim sole possession of first place in the mediocre NFC South despite a 5-7 record.
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