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                    === Shorthanded Packers edge Ravens ===
 
 Baltimore,  MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Green Bay Packers overcame a slightly
 off  day from  Aaron Rodgers  and  the departures  of several  key players  to
 deliver a 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
 
 Playing  without top  receiver Randall  Cobb for  all of  the second  half and
 fellow  wideout James Jones for virtually the entire game, Rodgers completed a
 pedestrian   17-of-32  passes   for  315  yards  with  one  touchdown  and  an
 interception.
 
 Plenty  of  his teammates stepped up,  however, to help Green Bay (3-2) record
 its  second  straight win following its  bye week and deal the defending Super
 Bowl champion Ravens (3-3) only their fourth loss in their last 30 home games.
 
 Jordy Nelson caught a 64-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and finished
 with  113 yards on four receptions, rookie Eddie Lacy rushed for a career-high
 120  yards on  23 carries  and Mason  Crosby kicked  four field  goals in  the
 triumph.
 
 The  Packers' defense chipped in as well, coming up with a key goal-line stand
 along  with five sacks of Joe Flacco despite being without All-Pro pass rusher
 Clay Matthews.
 
 "This is a tough environment," said Rodgers. "[Baltimore] is a team that's the
 defending  champs, great football team, very well coached and great players on
 both sides of the ball. This is a great team, character-building win."
 
 Jones  limped off the field with a left leg injury on Green Bay's second drive
 of  the afternoon  and Cobb did not  return after taking a helmet to his right
 knee  from  Ravens safety  Matt Elam  in the  final minute  of the first half.
 Matthews was inactive due to a broken right thumb sustained during last week's
 win over Detroit.
 
 Flacco  still managed  342 yards through the air and two touchdowns, including
 an  18-yard  strike to Dallas  Clark that  brought Baltimore within 19-17 with
 2:04  left. Clark ended with 81 yards on four grabs, with Tandon Doss amassing
 99 yards on four catches.
 
 Green Bay dominated on the defensive side en route to carrying a 6-0 edge into
 the  break,  then forced a  pair of  three-and-outs on Baltimore's initial two
 possessions  of the  second half. Following the second stop, Jarrett Boykin --
 pressed  into extended  duty by the injuries  to Cobb and Jones -- broke off a
 43-yard  catch-and-run that set up Crosby's third field goal of the day, a 50-
 yard boot with 6:06 to go in the third quarter.
 
 The  Ravens'  previously stagnant offense finally generated something positive
 on  the ensuing series,  with Marlon Brown shaking off a tackle after making a
 short  catch  and racing 59  yards to the Packers'  6-yard line. The Green Bay
 defense  stiffened  once again  deep in  its own  end, however, causing Justin
 Tucker  to come on for a successful 23-yard field goal that brought the Ravens
 within 9-3.
 
 The  Packers  didn't take long  to restore  a two-score cushion. Nelson burned
 cornerback  Lardarius  Webb on  a deep  post and  hauled in Rodgers' perfectly
 thrown deep ball for a 64-yard score with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
 
 Baltimore  answered,  however, with its best  drive of the day, a 10-play, 80-
 yard  march  in which  Flacco went  4-for-4 for  46 yards  and pulled his team
 within  16-10 with  just under  12 minutes  remaining by  hitting 52  Jones on
 an over-the-top fade from 11 yards away.
 
 Green  Bay proceeded  to hold the ball  for over 7 1/2 minutes on a methodical
 12-play  sequence  featuring six  Lacy runs  that totaled  31 yards. A 19-yard
 strike  from Rodgers to Jermichael Finley put the Pack in position for another
 Crosby  field  goal, a 31-yarder  that extended the lead  to nine with 4:17 to
 play.
 
 The  Packers  appeared to have  the game put away  with Baltimore faced with a
 4th-and-21  on its own 19-yard line with under three minutes left. Flacco kept
 hope  alive by heaving a pass down the middle that Doss snared for an eventual
 63-yard  gain  to the Green Bay  18, and Clark  made a one-handed catch on the
 next play to cut the deficit to 19-17.
 
 Baltimore  would  not get the  ball again, though,  with the Packers icing the
 game  with  two critical third-down  conversions -- Rodgers' 52-yard hookup to
 Finley  and Lacy's  4-yard run on 3rd-and-2 after the Ravens burned their last
 time out.
 
 "We  had  a chance  to win it  at the end,  we didn't  get it done. They did,"
 Ravens head coach John Harbaugh remarked. "Give them credit."
 
 The  Ravens mustered only  122 total yards and four first downs over the first
 two quarters, with Flacco connecting on just 8-of-19 throws while being sacked
 three  times, but  still had  a chance  to  get on  the board  when a  45-yard
 connection  from Flacco to Clark -- shortly after Ravens safety James Ihedigbo
 recovered  a  punt  blocked by  the  Packers  for  a  first down  to  maintain
 possession  -- put  the ball on the  Green Bay 14-yard line midway through the
 second quarter with Baltimore trailing 3-0.
 
 Baltimore  later  had a 1st-and-goal from  the four, but Ray Rice managed just
 three yards on three rushes before the Packers stuffed Bernard Pierce short of
 the goal line on fourth down.
 
 "Defense carried us pretty much most of the day," said Packers head coach Mike
 McCarthy.  "Offensively, we had some adversity with the injuries. It was a fun
 game to play in I'm sure. It was a great game to coach in."
 
 It remained a 3-point differential until Flacco was stripped by Nick Perry and
 Green Bay's Datone Jones returned the resulting fumble 20 yards to the Ravens'
 13  with just  two seconds on the  clock. Crosby, who had missed from 44 yards
 out just minutes earlier, then connected on a 31-yard try on the final play of
 the half to send the Packers into the locker room with a 6-0 lead.
 
 "We  just couldn't get anything going, and you can't expect to play that badly
 for that long and win a game," said Flacco.
 
 Green  Bay's  largest gain  of the opening  half came on  its second play from
 scrimmage,  when  Lacy rumbled for  37 yards down  to the Baltimore 33. Ravens
 linebacker Josh Bynes knocked away a Rodgers pass intended for Finley on third
 down, however, and the Packers settled for Crosby's 45-yard field goal.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cobb  had four  catches for 53 yards  prior to exiting ... The Ravens mustered
 just  47  rushing yards,  with Rice  limited to  34 on  14 attempts ... Jacoby
 Jones  had  two grabs for 42  yards in his first  game back from a knee sprain
 that sidelined him the last four weeks ... Baltimore had been 10-0 at M&T Bank
 Stadium  against NFC  opponents under Harbaugh and had an overall 13-game home
 win  streak  in interconference  games  snapped  ... Offensive  tackle  Eugene
 Monroe  made  his first  start  with  the  Ravens  since being  acquired  from
 Jacksonville  on  Oct.  1  ...  Baltimore  outside  linebacker  Terrell  Suggs
 recorded 10  tackles and  now has  728 as  a Raven, according  to  team stats,
 second  behind only  Ray Lewis  for the  most in  team history  ... Green  Bay
 has   won  four  of  the  five  all-time  matchups  in  the  series,  but  was
 handed  a  48-3 loss in  its only  previous visit to  M&T Bank Stadium back in
 2005.
 
 10/13 20:05:19 ET

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