Packers 21

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Buccaneers 30

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 28, 2008

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 0 7 721
TB 0 13 7 1030

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 165 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: E. Graham (TB) - 20 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Jennings (GB) - 6 REC, 109 YDS, 2 TD

Bucs D gets three interceptions, forces fumble in victory

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Derrick Brooks hasn't been himself this season. A sore hamstring has seen to that, feeding the perception that the 10-time Pro Bowl linebacker and Tampa Bay's aging defense are slowing down.

Aaron Rodgers will tell you otherwise.

Fast Facts

•  Tampa Bay picked off three Aaron Rodgers passes, helping the Bucs to their third straight win.

•  Rodgers had gone 157 pass attempts without throwing an interception -- the third longest streak in team history -- before tossing the first of his three on Sunday.

•  Tampa quarterback Brian Griese posted a passer rating of 36.0 in the victory.

•  The Packers' Charles Woodson returned a pick for a touchdown for the sixth time in his career and the second time this season.

-- ESPN research

Brooks had one of three interceptions off Green Bay's young quarterback and also forced a fumble that Jermaine Phillips returned 38 yards for a touchdown Sunday, helping the Bucs (3-1) beat the Packers 30-21.

"Unbelieveable," Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. "We know he's been nursing and working through an injury. What he played like today was the Derrick Brooks that everybody recognizes. He made plays sideline to sideline. There's a lot of strength left in Derrick Brooks and we need him in the final 12 weeks."

Rogers threw for two touchdowns to Greg Jennings, who had six receptions for 109 yards, but was sacked three times and left the game for one series with a shoulder injury midway through the fourth quarter.

The fourth-year pro returned briefly after Green Bay (2-2) fell behind 23-21 on Matt Bryant's third field goal of the game. But he was hit from the blindside as he launched a pass on second down, and the ball was picked off by Gaines Adams with just over two minutes to go.

The Packers said Rodgers will be examined Monday. The quarterback thinks he might have separated the shoulder when he was tackled after scrambling for a 7-yard gain in the third quarter.

Both Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy said it was too early to predict whether he'll be able to play next week against Atlanta.

"I'm sure we'll take a look at it [Monday]," Rodgers said. "If there's a way I can go, I'll go."

Earnest Graham put away Tampa Bay's third straight victory with Brian Griese at quarterback, breaking a 47-yard run to the Packers 1 and then scoring on the next play to make it 30-21. He finished with 111 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Rodgers was 14-of-27 for 165 yards. He threw a 25-yard TD pass to Jennings on Green Bay's opening drive of the game, then threw a 48-yarder to Jennings on the last play before he was removed from the game to trim Tampa Bay's lead to 20-14.

When Bryant, kicking four days after his infant son died at home, booted a 23-yarder to put the Bucs ahead, coach Mike McCarthy didn't hesitate to send his starter back onto the field to try to pull out a win.

Matt Flynn was 2-of-5 for 6 yards on the two possessions he replaced Rodgers. The Packers finished with 181 yards total offense and just eight first downs -- one in the second half, on Rodgers' long TD throw to Jennings.

Still, the Packers had a chance to win, thanks to mistakes by Griese, who threw three interceptions for the second straight week. Charles Woodson returned the last pick 62 yards for a TD that gave Green Bay a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

"Offensively we were poor. We've just made a number of the same mistakes that we've made the first three weeks. Penalties. Turnovers," McCarthy said. "It's very difficult to win a football game like that."

A week after throwing a franchise-record 67 times and accumulating a career-high 407 yards passing in an overtime win over Chicago, Griese completed 15 of 30 passes for 149 yards. But the day belonged to the defense, and Bryant, whose 3-month-old son Tryson, died at home on Wednesday.

"It's been a very, very difficult week, especially for Matt," Gruden said. "You have to pray for him. He's a man of very few words, always has been, always will be. I think he needed the game today. He needed football today, and did he really perform."

The Packers played nearly the entire second quarter in their own territory, with Rodgers throwing two interceptions to set up 10 points and a short punt giving the Bucs the ball at the Green Bay 41 leading to one of Bryant's field goals.

Rodgers was one of just three starting quarterbacks who didn't throw an interception during the first three weeks of the season. He extended his streak of consecutive attempts without a pick to 108 before a throw intended for Brandon Jackson deflected off the running back's hands into Brooks' arms on the first play of the second quarter.

Brooks, slowed by a hamstring injury sustained during a season-opening loss at New Orleans, nearly had two other interceptions. He forced Ryan Grant's fumble midway through the third quarter, and Phillips scooped up the ball and raced to the end zone for a 20-7 lead.

"This is a testament to this team, just finding a way to win in the fourth quarter," Brooks said. "No matter what phase of the game or who it is, we've been able to come up with big plays. To me, that's the sign of a good football team."

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs820
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5371
Total Yards181327
Yards per play3.44.6
Total Drives1415
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-02-6
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11

Passing Leaders


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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

gbTD10:32Greg Jennings, 25 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yds, 4:36
tbTD12:17Alex Smith, 9 yd pass from Brian Griese (Matt Bryant kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 32 yds, 2:38
tbFG6:47Matt Bryant 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 36 yds, 4:12
tbFG1:12Matt Bryant 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 27 yds, 3:26
tbTD6:14Jermaine Phillips, 38 yd fumble return (Matt Bryant kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 40 yds, 0:00
gbTD1:55Greg Jennings, 48 yd pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 42 yds, 1:32
gbTD13:58Charles Woodson, 62 yd interception return (Mason Crosby kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 37 yds, 3:03
tbFG2:28Matt Bryant 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 30 yds, 6:04
tbTD2:00Earnest Graham, 1 yd run (Matt Bryant kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 48 yds, 0:15