Packers vs. Colts: 5 Key Lessons Packers Learned in Preseason Week 3

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Packers vs. Colts: 5 Key Lessons Packers Learned in Preseason Week 3
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The Packers took the field and won 24-21 in comeback fashion against the Indianapolis Colts in their third preseason game. The majority of the Packers starters played through the second quarter with the backups coming on to start the second half.

Aaron Rodgers was successful in the no-huddle offense and moved the ball fairly easy against the Colts defense, but failed to capitalize with touchdowns, instead settling for field goal attempts.

Rodgers got into a great rhythm on the Packers' second possession and led a beautiful 10-play, 80-yard drive for a touchdown.

The Packers' No. 1 offense was hampered by four sacks in the first half, preventing the Packers from finishing drives. The defense gave up two touchdowns to Curtis Painter and the Colts offense leading to a 14-10 score at halftime. A third-quarter Mason Crosby field goal made the game 14-13.

A fourth quarter Graham Harrell interception led to a Colts touchdown with 3:52 remaining, making the score 21-13 in favor of Indianapolis. Harrell led a comeback drive late in the fourth quarter, throwing a fourth down touchdown to tight end Ryan Taylor. Harrell passed for the two-point conversion, again to Taylor, tying the game at 21 with 35 seconds remaining.

Mike McCarthy surprised the Colts on the ensuing kickoff with an onside kick. Harrell led the Packers down the field into field goal range and set up a game winning 50-yard field goal from Crosby. The Packers improved to 2-1 in the preseason.    

There were some positives that came from this game, but the Packers lacked a finishing touch on many of their first-half drives, and the backup quarterbacks were unsuccessful moving the ball down the field.

Returning home to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 1, the Packers starters will most likely only see a series or two. The front office will use the rest of the game to evaluate those players on the bubble. 

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