BALTIMORE -- For much of the afternoon, Aaron Rodgers was ducking oncoming linemen and not connecting with hurried throws.
When it counted, however, Rodgers came up with the big plays.
And still, Rodgers was magnificent.
Rodgers completed only seven passes after halftime, yet those plays totaled 199 yards.
"Days like today remind you of why you love this game so much," Rodgers said. "Offensively, we're struggling a little bit, but we found a way to make enough plays to win."
"Aaron made some really good plays out of the pocket in the second half," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "Early, he held it and took some sacks. Later, he held it and found some openings."
"It's kind of been our motto for a long time around here: 'Next man up.' We have to make it work," Hawk said. "We had a lot of young guys out there today who really did a good job."
It all added up to Green Bay's first road win following losses at San Francisco and Cincinnati.
"It's important to win on the road in this league if you want to make the playoffs," Rodgers said. "This was a tough environment. This is a team that's defending champs, a football team that's very well-coached, great players on both sides of the ball. This is a great team character-building win."
Green Bay went up 9-0 in the third quarter when Crosby kicked a 50-yard field goal to cap a drive that featured a 43-yard pass play from Rodgers to Jarrett Boykin.
Harassed and hurried for much of the afternoon, Rodgers finally came up with a signature moment. He started to his left, then rolled right before lofting a perfect spiral to Nelson, who had gotten behind Lardarius Webb.
Jones, who missed the previous four weeks with a knee injury, finished with two catches for 42 yards and had a 35-yard kickoff return.
Looking to enhance Green Bay's 16-10 lead, Rodgers and the Packers held onto the ball for just over 7½ minutes before Crosby kicked a 31-yard field goal with 4:17 remaining.
It turned out to be the game-winner.
Flacco went 20 for 34 for 342 yards and got no help from the running game -- Ray Rice finished with 34 yards on 14 carries and was stuffed three straight times inside the 5-yard line during the second quarter.
"We've got to be better on first and second down," Flacco said.
Baltimore accumulated only 36 yards of offense during the first quarter, zero on the ground.
In the second quarter, a peculiar sequence of events began when Green Bay's Ryan Taylor blocked a punt. The ball bounced beyond the line of scrimmage, was touched by John Kuhn of the Packers and recovered by Baltimore at its own 41-yard line. The Ravens subsequently got a first-and-goal at the Green Bay 4, but four straight runs failed to get the ball into the end zone.
Late in the half, Flacco was sacked and lost the ball. Green Bay's Datone Jones recovered and Crosby connected on a 31-yard field goal as time expired for a 6-0 lead.
Notes: Green Bay leads the series, 4-1. Baltimore's only win was 48-3 in 2005. ... Baltimore placed LT Bryant McKinnie on the inactive list. Eugene Monroe replaced him as a starter and made his Ravens debut. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs had his run of five straight games with a sack end. But he had 10 tackles to move into second on the Ravens' career list, behind only Ray Lewis.
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