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Aaron Rodgers helps Packers thwart Ravens' late rally


Aaron Rodgers was under siege most of the game but the Green Bay Packers' quarterback made big plays when necessary in a 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Packers' offensive line couldn't slow down Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervill. The Ravens' pass rush clearly affected Rodgers, who was uncharacteristically off target much of the day.

However, as he did last week, Rodgers engineered the big plays when necessary. Holding a tenuous 9-3 lead, Rodgers launched a perfect 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson to put the Packers up 16-3.

On the final drive of the game -- after Joe Flacco led the Ravens on a touchdown drive to cut the lead to two points -- Rodgers found Jermichael Finley on third-and-3 for a 52-yard catch and run to essentially ice the game.

As they say: You can't stop Rodgers, you can only hope to contain him for one half.

Here is what else we learned:

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1. The Packers won, but suffered two big losses when wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb went down in the first half with knee injuries. Neither returned to the game. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jones believes he's OK. Cobb returned to the sideline late in the game on crutches. Rodgers spreads the ball around, but missing his two of this best targets showed. Jarrett Boykin was targeted six times, but caught just one and had several drops.

2. The Ravens' running game struggled mightily. The offensive line couldn't open holes and the Packers' front four stuffed everything up the middle. The goal-line turnover on downs in the second quarter -- including three runs from inside the Packers' 2-yard line --  exemplified the struggles.

3. Eddie Lacy was the Packers' most consistent offensive player. He took two carries for 47 yards on the first drive of the game. He finished with 23 carries for 120 yards (Packers fans will tell you it still wasn't enough touches).

4. The Packers did a good job of replacing injured linebacker Clay Mathews. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers effectively overwhelmed a shaky Ravens offensive line. A.J. Hawk (three sacks) seemed like he was in the backfield every play. Nick Perry's strip sack of Flacco at the end of the first half set up a key field goal.

5. What is it with the Ravens and converting seemingly insurmountable fourth-down situations? Last year it was Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle. Sunday it was a 63-yard bomb on fourth-and-21 to Tandon Doss.

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