Final

Packers 16

(5-9, 2-5 away)

Jaguars 20

(5-9, 2-5 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 14, 2008

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 3 10 0 316
JAX 7 0 0 1320

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 278 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Grant (GB) - 21 CAR, 56 YDS

Receiving: J. Jones (GB) - 4 REC, 132 YDS

Packers lose on late drive for third straight week

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Garrard squeezed through a hole, sliced left and found an open lane to the end zone. He was closing in on the goal line when Will Blackmon caught him from behind and slapped the ball away.

It bounced right into Garrard's arms as he fell to the ground, giving Jacksonville a much-needed break and leaving Green Bay with another familiar-feeling loss.

Fast Facts

• The Jaguars snapped both their four-game losing streak and their four-game home losing streak.

• Jacksonville is 14-6 in its last 20 games against NFC teams.

• The Packers have lost four in row and four straight on road. Their last three losses have been by a combined 11 points.

• It's the first time in four meetings between the teams that the home team won.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

Garrard threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 31 yards and the Jaguars snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-16 victory over the Packers on Sunday.

"It's been a while," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "It was a happy locker room."

The Jaguars (5-9) won at home for the first time since September, ended Green Bay's slim playoff chances and left the Packers (5-9) arguing, pointing fingers and searching for answers after another fourth-quarter collapse.

"We shouldn't be having this miscommunication in Week 15 of the season," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "Disappointing. You get an opportunity to win the game down the stretch and can't do it."

The Packers might have had reason to bicker. After all, they lost on a late drive for the third consecutive week. Carolina beat Green Bay 35-31 two weeks ago with a 55-yard drive in the final two minutes. Houston kicked a field goal as time expired in last week's 24-21 victory.

The latest one came courtesy of Garrard, Dennis Northcutt, Maurice Jones-Drew and several missed opportunities.

The Packers entered the final quarter with a 13-7 lead, poised to snap a three-game slide, but Garrard directed two scoring drives that gave Jacksonville its second win in eight games.

The turnaround started with the first play of the fourth. On fourth-and-1 at the Jacksonville 44, the Jaguars stuffed fullback John Kuhn up the middle. It was one of many problems the Packers had in short-yardage situations.

"That was the turning point in the game," Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer said. "The momentum could have gone either way."

Garrard took over from there. He converted a fourth-down play with a 4-yard run, completed a couple of short passes to Reggie Williams and then beat an all-out blitz by finding Jones-Drew over the middle for a 14-yard touchdown.

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The Packers went back in front, 16-14, on Mason Crosby's third field goal. But Garrard and the Jaguars answered against Green Bay's porous defense.

The second drive was even more efficient that the first, with Garrard hooking up with Northcutt for a 41-yard gain -- the Jaguars had been the only NFL team without a pass play of at least 40 yards -- and later scrambling for 16 yards on third down.

His fortuitous fumble at the end of the run was key, though.

"Luckily some angels kept the ball close enough and I was able to corral it and not give up a terrible play," Garrard said.

Jones-Drew scored on the next play, putting Jacksonville ahead for good. Jones-Drew, starting in place of Fred Taylor, finished with 48 yards rushing and 22 yards receiving. Northcutt caught five passes for 127 yards and a touchdown, a 31-yarder on the game's opening drive.

Green Bay had a final chance to win, but Reggie Nelson intercepted Aaron Rodgers' pass over the middle with 40 seconds remaining.

Rodgers finished 20-of-32 passing for 278 yards and a touchdown. James Jones caught four passes for 132 yards. Ryan Grant ran for 56 yards.

The defense was the Packers' biggest problem -- again. Green Bay failed to generate much pressure on Garrard, and defenders spent much of the fourth quarter squabbling with each other and pointing fingers.

"We had opportunities and didn't capitalize on those opportunities," safety Charles Woodson said. "I don't know what you do. At this point, we're not good at all. We're just not very good."

Game notes


The Packers might have won had they not had to settle for two short field goals in the first half. ... Jaguars LB Daryl Smith (groin) left the game late in the third and did not return. ... Jaguars won despite missing a field goal (Josh Scobee has missed four in last four games), dropping two passes on third down, blowing several coverages, having two plays reversed on challenges and failing to down two punts that bounced inside the 10-yard line.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
JAX
1st Downs1818
Passing 1st downs
138
Rushing 1st downs
48
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
10-166-12
4th down efficiency
0-11-1
Total Plays6354
Total Yards338323
Yards per play5.46.0
Total Drives99
Passing254229
Comp-Att
20-3221-33
Yards per pass
7.36.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-242-9
Rushing8494
Rushing Attempts
2819
Yards per rush
3.04.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-2
Penalties3-306-58
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:0327:57

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers20/322788.7113-24
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard21/332387.2202-9

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant21562.709
Rodgers5224.407
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew12484.0115
Garrard5316.2016

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones413233.0046
Driver56513.0024
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Northcutt512725.4141
Estandia4369.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBJAX
jaxTD8:11Dennis Northcutt 30 Yard Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yds, 6:57
07
gbFG2:38Mason Crosby 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 5:30
37
SECOND QUARTERGBJAX
gbTD8:37Greg Jennings 4 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yds, 6:02
107
gbFG1:21Mason Crosby 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yds, 2:44
137
FOURTH QUARTERGBJAX
jaxTD10:45Maurice Jones-Drew 14 Yard Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yds, 4:15
1314
gbFG5:40Mason Crosby 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yds, 5:04
1614
jaxTD2:00Maurice Jones-Drew 2 Yard Run (Maurice Jones-Drew Run For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:39
1620