Live Blog: Packers defeat Texans, 35-20
HOUSTON, Tex. (WBAY) – Davante Adams scored the first touchdown of the game in their first drive to bring the Packers to a 7-0 lead.
The Texans then punted after a three and out drive. The Packers then answered with a punt of their own after a three and out drive.
Yet another punt gave the Packers possession.
The Packers eventually got back into the end zone, and now have a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Rodgers threw a short pass to Sternberger from three yards out, and Crosby’s extra point was good.
Za’Darius Smith followed with a sack of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in the second.
Za’Darius Smith later walked off the field to get his ankle looked at.
Smith quickly re-entered the game.
The Texans then attempted a 41 yard field goal, but missed. Watson was also seen being examined on the sideline.
Shortly before halftime, Rodgers threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Malik Taylor to bring the score 21-0 following Crosby’s kick. That score held until halftime.
Going into the half, Rodgers has a 144.2 passer rating, with three touchdown passes in a half.
The Texans received the ball at the start of the second half. Krys Barnes was injured after the first play of the third quarter.
He was later ruled questionable to return.
The Texans got on the board early in the third quarter after a pass from Watson to Johnson. An extra point made the score 21-7.
A few plays later, Rodgers and Adams connected again, this time a 45-yard catch that ended with a touchdown, bringing the score after Crosby’s kick to 28-7.
The Texans scored two field goals in the fourth, one from 38 yards and another from 29 yards.
Jamaal Williams ran in a touch down late in the fourth quarter, and Crosby made the extra point to bring the score to 35-13.
The Texans scored another touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the game, 35-20. Will Fuller caught a six yard pass from Watson.
Although the Texans then recovered an onside kick, they turned the ball over, giving the Packers possession with less than a minute to go.
Packers won, 35-20.
After losing for the first time all season last week in Tampa, the Packers are looking to redeem themselves and take home a win after visiting the Houston Texans this week.
The Packers (4-1) are visiting the Texans (1-5) for the first time since Week 6 in 2012, where the Packers won 42-24. When the Texans last visited Green Bay in December of 2016, the Packers came out on top again, 21-13.
Sunday will mark the fifth meeting overall between the clubs since the Texans entered the NFL as an expansion club in 2002.
A number of Packers are injured, including LT David Bakhtiari and running back Aaron Jones, who are both OUT, as well as running back and kick returner Tyler Ervin. Other inactive players announced Sunday include quarterback Jordan Love, corner back Kevin King, Safety Darnell Savage, and defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster.
However, the Packers will have tight end Robert Tonyan, ILB Kamal Martin and both Za’Darius and Preston Smith.
The Packers have played in the state of Texas six times since 2010, including the postseason, and won each of those games. The Cowboys were defeated four times, and the Steelers were defeated during Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.
There appears to be a heavy Packers fan presence at the stadium, according to an ESPN reporter who covers the Texans.
Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. at NRG Stadium on FOX.
As always, check back for updates from the Action 2 News sports team throughout the game.
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