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Green Bay Packers Defeat San Diego Chargers To Stay Unbeaten

The Green Bay Packers faced the San Diego Chargers in week six from Lambeau Field and were looking to stay undefeated. The Chargers, coming off of a heartbreaking last second loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, looked to put the first loss on the Packers perfect record.

This game was in no way a pretty one for the Packers, as Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers torched a depleted Green Bay secondary for over 500 yards, a personal best. Rivers had whatever he wanted all day long, and did not hesitate to unleash it downfield. He finished 43/65 for 503 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions.

His number one target Keenan Allen, who exited the game with an apparent hip injury in the second half, recorded 14 catches on the day totaling 157 yards. He was a match up nightmare for any Packer that lined up against him. Malcolm Floyd also gave the Packers secondary fits, catching five balls for a total of 95 yards.

The Packers defense could not stop the air attack of San Diego all afternoon, but came up with some huge stops in key situations. The Chargers went for it on 4th and three from the Green Bay 12 yard line early in the second quarter, but failed to convert. Later in the quarter, HaHa Clinton-Dix would also force a Melvin Gordon fumble recovered by Clay Matthews to halt that Chargers drive.

By far the biggest defensive stop, however,  would come on the last Chargers offensive possession of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, after a Mason Crosby field goal put the Packers up seven, the Chargers had one last drive in an attempt to tie the game. With two and a half minutes left and three timeouts, Rivers and the San Diego offense were right where they wanted to be.

Rivers continued his dominance of the Packers defense, using quick passes and screen plays to quickly move into Green Bay territory. He had complete control of the no huddle offense, and kept Green Bay’s defense on it’s heels. With 33 seconds left , the Chargers were setup with a first and goal situation from the Packers three yard line. After two rushes and an incomplete pass, the defense stood tall and forced a turnover on downs as the fourth and three pass intended for Danny Woodhead was swatted away by rookie Damarious Randall to seal the victory for the Packers.

Looking at the numbers, the outcome isn’t what one would assume. The Chargers piled up over 500 yards of total offense, to Green Bay’s 370. San Diego also dominated time of possession, keeping the ball for 38 minutes exactly. The Packers struggled on offense, partly due to the fact Aaron Rodgers wasn’t on the field much. Even so, Rodgers threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, turning in yet another efficient performance.

The Packers offense struggled for the most part once again, as injuries have taken their toll on Green Bay. Already without Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, rookie receiver Ty Montgomery suffered an apparent ankle injury in the second quarter and would not return. A depleted receiving core struggled the rest of the day to get open, and the Chargers defense kept them in it for much of the game.

However, late in the third quarter, Rodgers would connect with James Jones to give the Packers the lead for good, a strike from eight yards out. James Starks was the highlight of the offense, scoring twice on the day. The first, a five yard touchdown catch and run from Rodgers on the Packers first offensive possession. On the ensuing Green Bay drive, Starks would break off his longest run ever, a 65 yard score in which he made the Chargers defenders pay for over pursuing and leaving the right side of the field wide open. Starks finished with 112 yards on 10 carries with two total touchdowns.

The Chargers dominated Green Bay in many ways Sunday afternoon, but the Packers escaped the comeback attempt and stay unbeaten improving to 6-0. It wasn’t a very pretty game, but was as competitive as it possibly could have been. Even on a day where the Packers were outplayed in several areas, this team showed it’s resilience once again and got the job done. Heading into the bye week, Green Bay is the number one team in the NFC, and only look to get better once everyone is healthy.

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James Alexander
RSEN Packers and Heat beat writer

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