Final

Colts 24

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Packers 59

(2-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, August 26, 2010

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 10 7 7 024
GB 7 21 10 2159

Aaron Rodgers keeps rolling as Packers stomp Colts

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers extended his sizzling start to the preseason, throwing three touchdowns before halftime.

The points just kept coming after that for the Green Bay Packers (2-1), who scored six offensive touchdowns and twice on special teams on their way to a 59-24 preseason rout of the Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

Expectations are high in Green Bay this season, and Rodgers has shown every indication that he is ready to lead a deep playoff run.

"When we get into a rhythm like we have this preseason on offense, we're going to be tough to stop," Rodgers said. "It's fun."

For the Colts (0-3), the biggest worry wasn't the final score.

Running back Joseph Addai left the game in the third quarter with a concussion and linebacker Gary Brackett hurt his right hand. Addai said he "just got a little dizzy" but was fine after that.

"Really, they didn't do any tests, they didn't need to," Addai said. "I was fine. If I needed to go back in, I could've."

Colts coach Jim Caldwell didn't have an immediate update on injuries, and wasn't overly concerned about the lopsided final score.

"It wasn't 59 points against our starters, it was 59 points overall," Caldwell said.

Rodgers threw for 195 yards in the first half Thursday. In three preseason games, he has completed 77.4 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

Peyton Manning made plenty of big plays against a porous Packers pass defense early on, but Rodgers was up for an offensive exhibition against one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. Trailing 17-7 early in the second quarter, Rodgers rallied the Packers to a 28-17 halftime lead -- including a masterful touchdown drive in the two-minute drill just before halftime.

Adding to the injury problems for Indianapolis, cornerback Jacob Lacey left the game with a concussion, offensive tackle Tony Ugoh hurt his toe and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson sustained a groin injury.

"Obviously the score got away at the end, which is certainly possible in the preseason; you're playing a lot of young guys," Manning said. "Offensively, some things that we did well, but as with most preseason games, some things that we can certainly improve on."

Manning threw for 214 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He stayed in the game for one series after halftime, only to have things turn ugly.

Manning was hit and stripped of the ball by outside linebacker Frank Zombo, an undrafted free agent making a bid for a roster spot, and it was scooped up by linebacker Robert Francois -- who delivered a hard hit to Addai when the running back tried to tackle him, leaving him woozy on the sideline.

The Packers' offensive and special teams success was tempered by another shaky preseason performance from the first-team defense, although rookie safety Morgan Burnett pounced on a Manning pass for an impressive interception late in the second quarter.

Green Bay's defense has struggled in its first three preseason games. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers is keeping his scheme fairly vanilla until the games count -- although he did dial up pressure at times Thursday -- and a few key players are out injured.

Green Bay was without cornerback Al Harris, outside linebacker Clay Matthews, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and safety Atari Bigby.

"Defensively, we haven't played a game yet with all of our players on the field," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "So the continuity is probably not where we'd like it to be right now."

The Colts played without center Jeff Saturday and tight end Dallas Clark.

Packers running back Ryan Grant got his first extensive preseason action, with mixed results. Grant rushed for 36 yards on eight carries, but lost control of the ball before teammate Scott Wells recovered. Packers backup running back Brandon Jackson lost a fumble.

"We had the ball on the ground too many times," McCarthy said. "We need to eliminate that from our play."

Game notes


The Packers lost cornerback Brandon Underwood to a shoulder injury, defensive lineman Jarius Wynn to a concussion and linebacker Desmond Bishop to a hamstring injury. ... Packers TE Jermichael Finley caught 6 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. ... Colts WR Reggie Wayne caught 7 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. ... Tara Greene, wife of Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, sang the national anthem.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IND
GB
1st Downs1833
Passing 1st downs
1424
Rushing 1st downs
36
1st downs from Penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
3-127-13
4th down efficiency
0-11-2
Total Plays5981
Total Yards389430
Yards per play6.65.3
Total Drives1315
Passing308337
Comp - Att
21-3733-47
Yards per pass
8.37.2
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-30-0
Rushing8193
Rushing Attempts
2034
Yards per rush
4.12.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-46-8
Penalties12-1162-25
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
21
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs02
Possession22:5237:08

Passing Leaders

INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning15/262148.2211-0
Painter6/11978.8011-3
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers21/291956.7300-0
Flynn8/13806.2200-0

Rushing Leaders

INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Addai7608.6049
Hart284.005
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant8364.507
Lumpkin9262.919

Receiving Leaders

INDRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Wayne79613.71369
Garcon24221.01246
GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Finley68514.21258
Driver5357.01108

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINDGB
indTD14:38Pierre Garcon 18 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 70
gbTD12:25Donald Driver 6 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 77
indFG05:16Adam Vinatieri 41 Yd 107
SECOND QUARTERINDGB
indTD14:39Reggie Wayne 10 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 177
gbTD09:09Jermichael Finley 15 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 1714
gbTD03:21Korey Hall Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Mason Crosby Kick) 1721
gbTD00:04James Jones 3 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 1728
THIRD QUARTERINDGB
gbFG08:21Mason Crosby 28 Yd 1731
gbTD06:43John Kuhn 2 Yd Pass From Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby Kick) 1738
indTD02:48Donald Brown 1 Yd Run (Adam Vinatieri Kick) 2438
FOURTH QUARTERINDGB
gbTD14:55Andrew Quarless 11 Yd Pass From Matt Flynn (Mason Crosby Kick) 2445
gbTD06:12Kregg Lumpkin 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 2452
gbTD04:54Jason Chery 75 Yd Punt Return (Mason Crosby Kick) 2459