Final

Ravens 14

(6-6, 2-4 away)

Packers 27

(8-4, 5-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN

8:30 PM ET, December 7, 2009

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 0 0 14 014
GB 3 14 0 1027

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 263 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Rice (BAL) - 14 CAR, 54 YDS

Receiving: J. Finley (GB) - 7 REC, 79 YDS, 2 TD

Rodgers' three TD passes help Packers solidify spot in wild-card race

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A month ago, the Green Bay Packers were worried that their season was slipping away.

Now they've won four straight after beating the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

Yes, Monday's 27-14 win was monumentally ugly. But that didn't matter afterward, because the Packers are suddenly sitting pretty in the playoff race.

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Monday's clash between the Packers and Ravens was one of the most heavily-penalized games in NFL history. It tied for second-most penalty yards in a game.

Date Yards Breakdown
Nov. 25, 1951 374 Browns (209), Bears (165)
Monday 310 Packers (175), Ravens (135)
Oct. 17, 1976 310 Bucs (190), Seahawks (120)
Oct. 21, 1945 309 Packers (184), Yanks (125)

"It wasn't pretty out there, but a win is a win," Packers wide receiver Donald Driver said. "We had to get this one to stay ahead in the playoff race."

While the Packers (8-4) are in good position to earn an NFC wild-card berth, Monday's win showed they still have some work to do to be taken seriously once they make it to the playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, including two to tight end Jermichael Finley. But Rodgers also had a pair of interceptions, two of the combined seven turnovers in the game.

The teams also committed 23 penalties for 310 yards, tying for the second-highest yardage total in an NFL game.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy called the penalties "unbelievable for both sides" but said he was happy with the way his team responded to trying circumstances -- something they hadn't done well early in the season.

Fast Facts

• The Packers became the second team since the merger to commit three or more turnovers and be penalized 175 or more yards in a victory. The other -- the 1988 Oilers against the Raiders.

• Aaron Rodgers threw for three TDs but was picked off twice, his fourth career multi-interception game. However, he has 25 pass TDs and 7 INTs through 12 games, making him just the sixth player in NFL history with 25+ TDs and 7 or fewer picks through 12 games. Brett Favre was the fifth, as he has 26 and 5 this season.

• Green Bay is 19-4 in regular-season home games in December or later since 2000.

• Baltimore has lost six of its last nine games after a 3-0 start to the season.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"I'll say this about our football team: I was very proud and excited the way they overcame the adversity," McCarthy said.

The Ravens (6-6) struggled in coverage without star safety Ed Reed, who sat out with hip and ankle injuries.

But Ravens coach John Harbaugh insisted his team is "still breathing" in the playoff race.

"We've got plenty to be encouraged about," Harbaugh said. "We're in a tight race for the wild card, we are every bit in it. Everybody, they'll say what they'll say. It's a week-to-week proposition in this league."

This week wasn't so good.

Baltimore was called for five pass interference penalties, the most by a team in a single game since the New York Giants in 2001 according to STATS LLC.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he didn't think one call cost them the game.

"Bottom line, [the] call was made," Lewis said. "You don't gripe about it, you just keep on moving."

The Packers weren't much better, getting flagged four times for pass interference.

Rodgers was 26 of 40 for 263 yards with two interceptions, only his sixth and seventh of the season.

While Reed's replacement, Tom Zbikowski, came up with one of the interceptions, the Ravens struggled in coverage.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco was 15 of 36 for 137 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. The Packers sacked him three times.

The win is a continuation of a significant momentum swing for the Packers, who were 4-4 after looking bad in back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Tampa Bay in early November but haven't lost since.

They've worked out some of their pass protection problems -- Rodgers was sacked only once Monday night -- and their defense appears to be getting more comfortable in the 3-4 scheme installed by defensive coordinator Dom Capers in the offseason.

"If our defense plays like it did tonight, we're going to be tough to beat," Rodgers said.

Leading 17-0 at halftime and seemingly cruising, the Packers suddenly found themselves scrambling after a pair of turnovers, both involving Driver, allowed Baltimore to get back in the game.

The Packers were driving on their first possession of the second half when Driver caught a pass in Ravens territory and fumbled as he turned to run upfield. Flacco made the Packers pay, throwing to Kelley Washington for a touchdown. Washington tried to do a "Lambeau leap," but fans pushed him out of the stands.

Rodgers watched as his first pass of the next possession bounced off Driver's leg and into the arms of linebacker Jarret Johnson. Flacco went deep, drawing pass interference on Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. Willis McGahee scored on a 1-yard touchdown run two plays later, cutting the lead to 17-14 in the third quarter.

After a missed field goal by Green Bay's Mason Crosby, Flacco then threw deep downfield to Derrick Mason, who caught the ball but was called for offensive pass interference against Charles Woodson. Mason compounded the problem by drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty afterward, and the Ravens had to punt from their own 9-yard line.

The Packers got the ball back, and Rodgers threw to Korey Hall and Driver for first downs before finding Finley for a 19-yard touchdown pass and a 24-14 lead with 10:31 remaining.

The Packers allowed a long kickoff return and Williams was called for pass interference, but Williams came back to pick off Flacco in the end zone to preserve the lead.

"It was getting frustrating a little bit out there," Williams said. "But, you know, it can get like that sometimes. As a defensive back, you have to have a short term memory and continue playing. Something will eventually happen in your favor and luckily it did for me tonight."

Game notes


Ray Rice was held to 54 yards rushing and lost a fumble. "You can't give them the ball," Rice said. "I gave it to them. We'll get it corrected." ... The Packers placed OLB Aaron Kampman on injured reserve and signed OLB Cyril Obiozor from the practice squad before Monday's game. ... Finley briefly left the game with a knee injury but was able to return.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAL
GB
1st Downs1725
Passing 1st downs
814
Rushing 1st downs
55
1st downs from Penalties
46
3rd down efficiency
6-136-13
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays6068
Total Yards185350
Yards per play3.15.1
Total Drives1213
Passing119256
Comp - Att
15-3626-40
Yards per pass
3.36.4
Interceptions thrown
32
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-181-7
Rushing6694
Rushing Attempts
2127
Yards per rush
3.13.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-43-6
Penalties12-13511-175
Turnovers43
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
32
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:3835:22

Passing Leaders

BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco15/361373.8133-18
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers26/402636.6321-7

Rushing Leaders

BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice14543.9021
Flacco3165.3010
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant18412.308
Rodgers4307.5023

Receiving Leaders

BALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Heap55210.402310
Washington4399.81144
GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Finley77911.32298
Jennings67712.802110

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALGB
gbFG08:39Mason Crosby 28 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERBALGB
gbTD04:35Jermichael Finley 2 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 010
gbTD00:32Donald Driver 8 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 017
THIRD QUARTERBALGB
balTD03:28Kelley Washington 12 Yd Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick) 717
balTD02:58Willis McGahee 1 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 1417
FOURTH QUARTERBALGB
gbTD10:31Jermichael Finley 19 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 1424
gbFG01:56Mason Crosby 32 Yd 1427