Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Current Score: 49-23 Packers
As one of the three remaining undefeated teams left in the league, the Packers look to improve to 4-0 with their 10th straight win dating back to last season. The Broncos aim to get back to .500 with what would be a huge upset of the defending world champs.
Last week, the Packers got a huge road win against a division foe as they went into Soldier Field and beat the Chicago Bears 27-17. The Broncos are coming off a tough loss in Nashville, as they fell to the Tennessee Titans 17-14 following a late, back-breaking fourth-quarter interception.
In the last matchup of the two teams, the Packers defeated the Broncos in Denver as Brett Favre found Greg Jennings on the first play of overtime to give the Packers a 19-13 win. The current all-time series favors the Broncos 6-5-1.
The matchup is quite rare, as the teams have played only 12 times since the first matchup in 1971. More on the unfamiliarity of the two opponents can be found here.
This blog will provide live updates, as well as analysis and instant reaction to the most important plays and happenings in the game.
The Packers used a big day from Rodgers to stay undefeated at 4-0 as they kept pace with the 4-0 Lions for first place in the NFC North. Next week, the Packers play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night in a rematch of their divisional round playoff game.
The Broncos fall for the third time this season as they just didn't have the fire-power to hang with the hottest team in the league. The Broncos return to Denver and host the Chargers in Week 5. The Chargers are still putting the final touches on their Week 4 game, but will be 3-1 and the current AFC West leaders coming into Denver.
Going to work on post-game articles for now, so that will be it for the live coverage of the Broncos-Packers game. Thanks everybody for reading and commenting!
Kyle Orton intercepted late after A.J. Hawk tips the ball up for Charlie Peprah. Third interception for the day for Orton and the fourth Broncos' turnover. Packers kneel and this one is over.
Packers advance to 4-0
Broncos fall to 1-3
Matt Flynn over throws Randall Cobb and is intercepted on his first pass of the season. Broncos take over around midfield with two and half minutes to go. Garbage time ball in Green Bay, but Broncos showing some fight late in the game.
Matt Flynn is in the game for the Packers.
The Broncos show signs of life as they convert on fourth down with an Orton touchdown pass to Fells. Way too late, but good for a young football going into next week. Certainly some positives to grow from.
Bronocs failed to complete the two-point conversion as Moreno was stopped short.
Rodgers statline: 29/38 408 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 9 rushes, 36 yards 2 TD
Rodgers to Driver touchdown gives the Packers a 49-17 lead with 7:46 left in the game. This one is all but over as Driver returns from injury to catch the third down pass.
I'd bet that completes Rodgers day and that Matt Flynn will be coming into the game when the Packers get the ball back on offense.
After some turmoil early, the Packers have proved why they are currently the best team in the league.
Clifton returns after missing one play.
Chad Clifton is injured, trying to stay in game, but medical staff walks him off. More on this as available.
After a Rodgers interception through the hands of James Jones, Sam Shields picks off Orton in the end zone and returns the ball at the Broncos 46. Packers back in business on back-to-back interceptions.
Clay Matthews will not be credited with a sack there, but his play allowed Bishop to get the sack. More evidence that Matthews is playing well despite quiet numbers. Broncos will punt when the fourth quarter opens.
Rodgers continues to dominate the Broncos as another touchdown pass makes the game 42-17. The Packers are putting the Broncos away after making them pay for turning the ball over.
Rodgers is clarifying the debate about who is the best quarterback in the NFL with his play. Rodgers is 24/30 375 yards and 3 TD through the air and 2 TD on the ground.
The play wasn't challenged. Packers ball looking to put away the Broncos after a crucial turnover.
The Broncos were driving down the field, but appear to have fumbled within the Packers five yard line. Morgan Burnett of the Packers recovered the fumble.
The play will almost certainly be challenged. If it stands as a fumble, that could be a huge dagger. If not, the Broncos have a chance to bring the game to within two scores.
Rodgers came out for the second half firing again as he lead the Packers to another touchdown drive to make the game 35-17. Rodgers ran in his second touchdown of the game from the 8-yard line. The play was initially ruled down at the 1-yard line, but was challenged by McCarthy and reversed.
Pressure got to Rodgers early in the drive, but the Packers battled back to convert a 3rd-and-13. The Broncos have put themselves in good positions defensively, but the Packers have been squeeze their way out.
The Broncos will be forced to respond if they intend on hanging around. They responded to being down 18 earlier in the game cutting the lead to four. Can they do it again?
Jennings was slow to get up after being interfered with and jogged off to the sideline. Jennings only missed one play before returning for the Packers.
Donald Driver is back in the game to start the second half.
During halftime at Lambeau, members of the Packers 1961 championship team are being honored for the 50th anniversary of their title. Only 49 more years until the 2010 Packers get honored at halftime!
It is now halftime with the Packers leading the Broncos 28-17. Both secondaries have been torched so far. The biggest difference in the game has been the defensive touchdown that the Packers got from Woodson's pick-six.
Adjustments will be made on both teams to try and slow down the opposing passing attack.
Here are some stats from the first half.
Rodgers- 16/21, 227 yards, 2 TD, 5 rushes, 21 yards, 1 TD
Starks- 6 rushes, 26 yards, 4 receptions, 29 yards
Jennings- 4 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD
Orton- 12/16, 162 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 rushes, 7 yards
McGahee- 9 rushes, 66 yards
Decker- 3 receptions, 39 yards, 2 TD
Rodgers and the Packers respond with Rodgers second touchdown of the day, this time to Greg Jennings. A much needed touchdown gives the Packers some breathing room as they look to go into halftime with an 11 point lead.
The Packers will get the ball back to start the second half. They need to continue to throw the ball and take advantage of the Broncos secondary.
Defensively, the Packers have struggled stopping the pass and have failed to get pressure. Unless the Packers secondary can step up, plenty more points could be scored at Lambeau.
Donald Driver has a knee-injury and is listed by the Packers as "questionable to return."
We've got a ball game at Lambeau as the Orton just completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker.
A big concern for the Packers has been the inability to get pressure on Orton. With plenty of time to throw, Orton is picking apart the Packers secondary who is playing with Nick Collins who is out for the season.
Marshall Newhouse just got completely burned by rookie Von Miller for a sack which forced the Packers into third-and-long. Unable to convert, the Packers punted and the Broncos will take over at the 29-yard line.
If they are able to consistently get to Rodgers, they might be able to hang around. A scoring drive here would be huge for the Broncos as try to get quiet the crowd and get within one score.
The Broncos are also pulling some tricks out of the bag with a flea-flicker. With a better throw from Orton, they would have scored on the play, but an Orton pass to Eric Decker from five yards out bring the Broncos back into the game.
The touchdown slows the bleeding, but the Broncos still have plenty of work to do if they are going to compete with the Packers late in the game. They will need to get pressure on Rodgers and come up with some stops if they want to make this a game.
Rodgers is on fire for the Packers as his second quarter touchdown run puts the Packers up 21-3 on the Broncos. Rodgers is 10/14 for 154 yards and two total touchdowns.
Donald Driver was injured on the play and looked to be in some serious pain as he lay in the end zone. I will update as soon as any information comes out about Driver.
The rout is on for the Packers who are now dominating the Broncos. It looked to be a slow start after a punt and giving up a field goal, but the Packers have responded with three touchdowns.
We have reached the end of the first quarter at Lambeau Field.
The Packers currently lead the Broncos 14-3 and face a third-and-3 from the Denver 46-yard line when the game resumes.
Looking the part of the best team in the NFL, the Packers have responded well to giving up a field goal to the Broncos early on.
The Broncos could be in for a long day as Rodgers looks to continue to obliterate the secondary in the second quarter.
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