Final

Packers 45

(8-0, 5-0 away)

Chargers 38

(4-4, 3-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, November 6, 2011

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 21 7 3 1445
SD 7 10 7 1438

Top Performers

Passing: P. Rivers (SD) - 385 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: M. Tolbert (SD) - 19 CAR, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Jackson (SD) - 7 REC, 141 YDS, 3 TD

Packers survive Chargers' late push as Aaron Rodgers delivers again

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Aaron Rodgers was at his best, throwing lasers where only his receivers could catch them and finding four different teammates in the end zone.

Yes, Rodgers had a lot to do with the Green Bay Packers remaining undefeated with a crazy 45-38 win over the staggering San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

So did Philip Rivers, whose miserable run of turnovers continued with three critical interceptions, two by Charlie Peprah.

Peprah and Tramon Williams returned pickoffs for touchdowns in a span of six plays in the first quarter, and Peprah's second pick in the closing seconds sealed the win for the Packers (8-0).

Rodgers completed 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards and ran his NFL-leading total to 24 TD throws. He had scoring passes of 5 yards to Jermichael Finley, 16 to Jordy Nelson, 21 to James Jones and 4 to Greg Jennings.

"I think Aaron has a lot of strengths. His decision-making is clearly the highest level that I have personally been a part of," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of his Super Bowl MVP quarterback.

Rodgers, who lives in the upscale San Diego suburb of Del Mar in the offseason, seemed more impressed with the high percentage of cheeseheads in the sellout crowd than being the NFL's only perfect team.

"The crowd was incredible," Rodgers said. "When you're on the road and up by seven and it's late in the game and they have to go on a silent count, that's pretty impressive. I have to give a lot of credit to our fans the way they travel. It says a lot about the kind of fans we have."

Jennings couldn't emphasize enough how much Rodgers means to the Packers.

"He is a special, special, special, special player," Jennings said.

The Chargers (4-4) have lost three straight games, including road collapses at the New York Jets and on Monday night at Kansas City, when Rivers inexplicably fumbled a snap in the final minute of regulation.

Rivers also threw four touchdown passes Sunday to tie his career high, three of them to Vincent Jackson.

"We're fighting through a rough time right now," said Rivers, whose 14 interceptions and 17 total turnovers lead the NFL. "These tough times, you find out a lot about guys, a lot about yourself."

Rivers was 26 of 46 for 385 yards. It was the first time in his career that he threw three interceptions in a game.

The Packers led by 21 points early in the fourth quarter before Rivers threw touchdown passes of 5 and 29 yards to Jackson in the span of 1:07 midway through the quarter.

San Diego had a final chance to tie it, starting a drive at its 32 with 1:05 remaining and no timeouts left. Aided by a pass interference call against Charles Woodson, Rivers moved the Chargers to the Packers 41 before putting up a deep ball that Peprah easily picked off and returned 76 yards to the San Diego 6. The Packers took a knee to end the game.

Rivers threw two pick-6s that gave the Packers a 21-7 lead.

Desmond Bishop tipped a pass intended for tight end Antonio Gates and Peprah intercepted. He broke four tackles during his 40-yard return and got a big block by Clay Matthews.

On the next Chargers possession, Williams jumped a route for an interception and 40-yard TD return.

"On the first one, the guy made a great play," Rivers said. "The other one, they just fooled me."

Peprah said the Packers still have a lot of work to do on defense.

"We're a pressure defense, so we're going to give up some big plays. But we feel we're going to make some, too," he said. "I wouldn't trade a perfect defense for a win, so I'll take the W and we'll clean up that stuff later."

Rivers and Mike Tolbert kept the Chargers in the game. Tolbert scored on an 8-yard run and, after the Chargers held the Packers on fourth-and-2 at the San Diego 36, Nick Novak kicked a career-best 52-yard field goal to pull to 21-17.

Amazingly, the Packers' next drive was just their third of the first half. Although he was sacked twice, Rodgers moved the Packers to the San Diego 16 before throwing a TD pass to Nelson, who hauled it in at the 1 and then rolled into the end zone for a 28-17 halftime lead.

After Rivers hit Gates with an 11-yard TD pass in the third quarter, Rodgers threw a perfect 21-yarder to Jones and then a 4-yarder to Jennings early in the fourth quarter to seemingly put away the game.

Game notes


The Chargers played without injured running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Malcom Floyd and linebacker Shaun Phillips. San Diego guard Kris Dielman missed his second straight game with a concussion. ... The Chargers turn around and host the rival Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. ... Packers LB Frank Zombo left with a hamstring injury in the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
SD
1st Downs2128
Passing 1st downs
1020
Rushing 1st downs
85
1st downs from Penalties
33
3rd down efficiency
6-105-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5669
Total Yards368460
Yards per play6.66.7
Total Drives912
Passing232375
Comp - Att
21-2626-46
Yards per pass
8.98.2
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks - Yards Lost
4-152-10
Rushing13685
Rushing Attempts
2621
Yards per rush
5.24.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-43-3
Penalties5-338-64
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20
Possession29:4530:15

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers21/262479.5404-15
SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rivers26/463858.4432-10

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks13665.1020
Rodgers8526.5025
SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tolbert19834.419
Hester133.003

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Nelson510521.01646
Jennings6467.71218
SDRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jackson714120.133812
Gates89612.011911

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBSD
sdTD10:32Vincent Jackson 23 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick) 07
gbTD05:40Jermichael Finley 5 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 77
gbTD04:33Charlie Peprah 40 Yd Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick) 147
gbTD01:52Tramon Williams 43 Yd Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick) 217
SECOND QUARTERGBSD
sdTD14:08Mike Tolbert 8 Yd Run (Nick Novak Kick) 2114
sdFG05:48Nick Novak 52 Yd 2117
gbTD00:18Jordy Nelson 16 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 2817
THIRD QUARTERGBSD
gbFG08:25Mason Crosby 47 Yd 3117
sdTD01:58Antonio Gates 11 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick) 3124
FOURTH QUARTERGBSD
gbTD13:00James Jones 21 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 3824
gbTD10:27Greg Jennings 4 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 4524
sdTD07:32Vincent Jackson 5 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick) 4531
sdTD06:25Vincent Jackson 29 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick) 4538

Research Notes

Aaron Rodgers threw for 4 touchdowns on Sunday, pushing his league-leading total up to 24 for the year. Rodgers ranks 1st in completion percentage and yards per attempt. He's averaging over 327 pass yards per game and has thrown just 3 interceptions through 8 games.
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The Packers have scored at least 40 points in a game for the 3rd time this season. That's the most by the Packers for a season since 1983 when they had 4 games with at least 40 points.

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