All NFL games are the stories of two halves, and with how the two halves for the Green Bay Packers unfolded in Week 11, it is a fair takeaway to assume that Green Bay did not deserve to win that game with how their second half went.
In the first half, GB was on point on the offensive side of the ball on their way to putting up 28 points, even with two turnovers helping keep the Indianapolis Colts in the game. But in the second half and overtime periods, three lousy points were all that the Packers produced, as well as putting up another two turnovers that ultimately helped give the Colts the win.
Both teams matched each other on their first three possessions, producing a fumble-touchdown-punt succession in each of their first three drives.
A fumbled snap helped stop the quick start for GB, as the exchange between center Corey Linsley, who would not finish the game due to a back injury suffered later in the game, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers resulted in a recovered fumble by the Colts.
Three plays later, a Mo Allie-Cox fumble, jarred loose by Raven Greene and recovered by Darnell Savage, helped give the ball right back to Green Bay, which was ultimately turned into a seven-play scoring drive that saw Rodgers connect with Robert Tonyan for a 25-yard TD.
The Colts tied the game at seven-all on a 45-yard catch and run by USC rookie Michael Pittman Jr. from Philip Rivers, ending the scoring in the first quarter. Green Bay had their second turnover of the quarter happen right after, as an INT thrown by Rodgers gave the ball right back to IND with good field position.
A missed IND field goal that clanked off the crossbar from 50 yards out gave the ball back to GB near mid-field, paving the way for Aaron Jones to take it into the end zone from two yards out to cap a six-play scoring drive.
Given yet another short field on the ensuing drive after a Christian Kirksey interception (off a Billy Winn deflection), Rodgers connected with Davante Adams on a five-yard score to make it 21-7.
The ensuing IND drive was the first double-digit play drive of the game to that point, resulting in a 17-yd TD to Trey Burton to bring the Colts back within seven.
In a drive that looked to be dead in the water to close out the first half, a 51-yard pass interference penalty helped get the ball down to the IND 4 for the Packers, resulting in a four-yard scoring reception by Jamaal Williams to end the half.
The Colts had seven drives of the second half and overtime periods and the Packers had six – while the Pack only scored on one of those drives, the Colts got back into the game and eventually won due to putting up points on all but two drives, with those two being a punt (after a million holding offensive holding penalties) and the drive that ended the second half to run out the clock going into overtime.
A field goal (14-play drive), TD (10-play drive), and a field goal (8-play drive) sandwiched two consecutive three-and-out drives by the Packers, helping turn the 28-14 score into a 28-all tie that the Colts did not look back from.
Jack Doyle hauled in a six-yard TD from Rivers and had Nyheim Hines run in the two-point conversion for the Colts’ first TD after half time.
After the second field goal, Darrius Shepherd fumbled the ensuing kickoff right back to the Colts on the GB 28, which they cashed in for a 43-yd field goal for their first lead of the game.
A failed fourth-down conversion by the Packers while inside IND territory gave the ball back to the Colts, which resulted in a punt that was mostly caused by the absolutely crazy amount of consecutive offensive holdings by the Colts, both by their linemen and wide receivers.
With the punt being down inside the GB 10, Rodgers was forced to play Superman yet again, connecting with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 47-yard completion on a 3rd and 10 that got the Packers down into IND territory. After two more gained first downs, the drive stalled out and had Mason Crosby send the game into overtime with a 26-yard field goal.
GB received the ball first out of half time, but proceeded to put the ball on the ground only two plays into the drive, as MVS was stripped and the ball was recovered on the GB 29, ending any chance of the Packers winning.
A 39-yd field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship ended the game and sent Green Bay home with a 7-3 record, while giving the Colts their seventh win of the year.
An upcoming Sunday Night matchup against the Chicago Bears, which is somehow the first time these two teams are playing against each other, will be a very key test to getting the Packers back on their path to the top seed in the NFC, which is the only team that earns a bye in the postseason this year with their being an added team added into the playoff picture.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23