Packers dominated in LA

Joe Zenzola
November 03, 2019 - 7:40 pm
© Richard Mackson | 2019 Nov 3

© Richard Mackson | 2019 Nov 3


By Daniel Plocher

GREEN BAY-- It was a horrible, no good, very bad day for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Green Bay offense equated only 184 yards of total offense in 26-11 beatdown in LA. 

The Packers started off on defense as the Chargers took over on the five-yard-line following a penalty on the opening kickoff. Phillip Rivers led the charge down the field for a 15-play, 84-yard drive. But, the green and gold kept LA out of the endzone, and forced a field goal after a drive that lasted more than 8 minutes of gametime.

Aaron Rodgers and the Matt LaFleur offense took over and were flat from the get-go. The opening drive was a sloppy three-and-out as Rodgers was sacked for the first time by Joey Bosa. Rodgers would hit the dirt three times in the game.

Los Angeles took over on the Chargers' 41-yard line, and moved the ball down the field again as Rivers hit Mike Williams for a 56-yard reception down into the redzone. The Packers' defense stood strong and forced another field goal as the Pack trailed 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

After two long drives, Green Bay still only found themselves down by a single possession, but the offense was still no where to be found. They would punt on their next two drives, and they only had 50 yards of offense in the first half. 

The Chargers continued to dominate on offense as they went on a 13-play, 76-yard drive to end the half. But for a third time in the game, the defense would bend but not break as they allowed the third field goal of the half to Mike Badgley as the teams went into the break with a 9-0 Chargers lead.

Green Bay came out of halftime with no gusto and once again were forced to punt after a three-and-out.

Rivers and the Chargers took over on their own 25-yard line and took a shot right away with a 20-yard completion to Keenan Allen on the first play of the drive. Then, Badger alum Melvin Gordon hurdled a Packer defender, and tallied up a big gain. But once again, the Chargers couldn't finish off the drive and were forced to settle for another field goal. 

Somehow it was still only a two-touchdown deficit for Green Bay, but the offense continued to accomplish nothing. A 5-play, 8-yard drive was stunted after another sack by both Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The Packers punt was blocked and only went to their 22-yard line. 

The Chargers took advantage of the short field and ran the ball up the gut for an easy one-yard touchdown by Gordon.

Suddenly, the Packers trailed 19-0 with less than 4-minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Packers finally put their first point on the board after gaining 24-yards on 8-plays as Mason Crosby came on and hit his longest field goal of the season, a 54-yarder. The score: 19-3, Chargers.

Another important drive was pending for LA, and they came into it guns-ablazing again. A 46-yard reception from Rivers to Williams opened up a 10-play, 75-yard putaway drive that sealed the game for the Chargers. Green Bay actually had forced a field goal that Badgley hit, but the Packers were offside on the attempt, moving the ball to the one-yard-line. Chargers' Coach Anthony Lynn decided to go for it on 4th and goal as they continued to control the line of scrimmage and Gordon punched it in for his second TD run of the game. 

With the game basically out of reach as the Chargers led 26-3, the Packers put together their first good drive of the game as Rodgers was 9/9 and completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Williams to cap it off. 

Rodgers would run it in for a two-point conversion and cut the lead to 11-points. He would finish completeing 23 of 35 attempts, throwing for 161 yards and a touchdown. 

But, it was all for not as the Chargers would win the game in Los Angeles, 26-11.