Rodgers, Packers down Rams
St. Louis, MO – Aaron Rodgers completed 30-of-37 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns, lifting the Green Bay Packers over the St. Louis Rams, 30-20.
Rodgers had a passer rating of 132.2 for the Packers (4-3), who have won back- to-back games for the first time this season.
Jordy Nelson caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown for Green Bay, which racked up 402 yards of total offense. Randall Cobb hauled in eight passes for 89 yards and two scores.
"He played well," Nelson said of his quarterback. "This offense as a whole played well. We stepped up and put back-to-back games together, but we still have areas to improve. We need to finish more in the red zone and just continue to get better."
Sam Bradford connected on 21-of-34 passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Rams (3-4), who have lost two in a row.
"It's a tough one," Bradford admitted. "I thought we did a fairly decent job in the first half. We came out cold in the third quarter, just didn't really get anything going. We've just got to do a better job of overcoming."
Steven Jackson carried the ball 12 times for 57 yards and a touchdown for St. Louis, which has lost four straight and seven of its last nine in the regular season to the Packers.
The Rams jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Greg Zuerlein's 50-yard field goal with 7:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Green Bay responded with a touchdown on its ensuing possession. Nelson caught a 52-yard pass down the right sideline on 3rd-and-3 to move the ball to the 6- yard line. Nelson then caught a 3-yard TD pass along the left sideline.
The Packers followed the score up with a surprise onside kick. The visitors recovered the ball near midfield and got a 47-yard field goal from Mason Crosby, making it 10-3 with 2:17 left.
St. Louis marched the ball down to the Green Bay 14-yard line early in the second stanza. Instead of kicking a field goal on 4th-and-2, Bradford threw an incomplete pass.
On the Rams' next possession, Zuerlein capped a 12-play drive with a 43-yard field goal.
Crosby missed a 58-yard field goal before the half to keep it a 10-6 game.
Rodgers continued to have the hot hand, connecting on all seven of his passes on Green Bay's first drive of the second half. Rodgers used his arm to convert a trio of third downs on the 80-yard march, which Cobb capped with a 5-yard TD catch.
Following a punt from each team, Casey Hayward picked off Bradford at the St. Louis 42. The Packers moved the ball to the 5-yard line before settling for a 23-yard Crosby field goal with 11:52 left in the fourth quarter.
St. Louis responded with a touchdown to keep it close. On the first play, Chris Givens took a wide receiver screen 56 yards down to the Green Bay 24. Jackson followed up a run of three yards on 3rd-and-1 with a 6-yard TD run to make it 20-13 with 8:50 to play.
But the Packers came right back with a touchdown of their own. On 3rd-and-9 from the St. Louis 39, Rodgers rolled to his left and threw a beautiful pass to Cobb in the end zone.
After the Rams turned the ball over on downs, Crosby made a 48-yard field goal to make it 30-13 with 1:49 remaining.
Austin Pettis caught a 3-yard TD pass with 15 seconds left to account for the final margin.
Green Bay was without nose tackle B.J. Raji, wide receiver Greg Jennings, linebacker Nick Perry and cornerback Sam Shields ... The Rams had 354 yards of total offense ... Givens caught three passes for 73 yards.