Green Bay Packers 46, Oakland Raiders 16
The number: 27 — The Packers lead the NFL with 27 interceptions, a whopping nine more than second-place Detroit, New England and San Francisco. They added four more to the tally against Oakland. With D.J. Smith joining the list, the Packers have nine players with at least one interception. That's more than the total interception count of four teams: Bengals, Browns, Saints and Colts. Charles Woodson picked off his seventh of the season, joining Bobby Dillon as the only players in team history with four seasons of seven-plus interceptions. That's as many as the aforementioned four teams.
The player: It wasn't Aaron Rodgers' finest game of the season. In fact, his passer rating was a season-low 96.7 and snapped his NFL-record streak of games with 100-plus ratings at 12. Still, what more do you want from a quarterback than to lead the offense to points? In the first half, the Packers' first five possessions ended in a touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown and touchdown. His cadence drew the Raiders offside five times. And his interception late in the first half would have been a touchdown had Jermichael Finley cleanly grabbed the ball with his hands.
The moment: The Raiders had something cooking on their first drive of the game. On second-and-6 from the Packers' 43, quarterback Carson Palmer booted to his right but saw nothing but Clay Matthews charging at him. Palmer threw off his back foot and floated the ball toward tight end Kevin Boss. Three defenders were around Boss, but the ball never got there, as rookie linebacker Smith made a leaping interception. Moments later, Ryan Grant was in the end zone with a 47-yard touchdown run.
Key: The Packers lead the league in interceptions and the Raiders lead the league in penalties, and those things were in play as the Packers put a 31-0 stranglehold on the game midway through the second quarter. Oakland's 11 penalties went for 89 yards, with three defensive penalties giving the Packers first downs. In the second quarter, the Raiders had 12 men on the field, with Rodgers taking advantage by throwing deep for a 37-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson that made it 24-0. On the Packers' next drive, pass interference on third-and-16 kept a drive alive, with Ryan Grant scoring one play later from 6 yards to run the margin to 31-0. The Packers turned five turnovers into 24 points.
Raiders said: "Give the Packers a lot of credit. They played well and when it rains it pours. I just never thought we executed like we should have. We couldn't get off the field on third down. They kept drives alive. We had too many penalties. We just played bad football, no excuses about it. Its one thing when you feel like you play well and you were in the game, but its disappointing when I don't even feel like we played well collectively." — defensive end Richard Seymour.
Packers said: "It feels good. It's fun to win games like this. It's tough to win in the league, so I think we've got to be feeling good about the effort we put in each week. I feel like this was a more complete game for us, the defense playing the way they played, with the five turnovers, and then the special teams doing a nice job switching the field position, offensively scoring enough points to win. This is the kind of game you want to play going into the playoffs." — quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Extra points: With 19 consecutive victories, Green Bay owns the second-longest streak in NFL history, snapping a six-way tie. The Patriots hold the record with 21 wins in a row over 2003 and 2004. ... With three games to go, the Packers set a franchise record with 466 points, topping the 461 scored by the 2009 squad. ... Rodgers tied Brett Favre's Packers record with his 39th touchdown pass of the season. He also tied Peyton Manning (2004), Don Meredith (1965-66) and Tom Brady (2010-11) with at least two touchdown passes in 13 consecutive games. ... Rodgers is the second-fastest quarterback to 4,000 yards in NFL history; Drew Brees did it in 12 games this season. ... The Packers' 11-game home winning streak is the longest since 2001 and 2002 and is tied for the fifth-longest home streak in franchise history. Their 17-1 mark in their last 18 home games is the best in the league and a good omen for a team that figures to have homefield advantage through the NFC playoffs. ... Ryan Taylor's touchdown came on his first snap on offense in his career. The Packers were in a four-tight end formation called "Panther." ... Touchdowns by Taylor, Grant and Erik Walden gave the Packers a league-high and franchise-record 19 players with touchdowns for the season.
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