DENVER – The Packers nearly replicated their previous loss in Las Vegas, playing poorly in the first half and then having a chance to win late in the game intercepted.
As a result, the Broncos won 19-17 in Denver on Sunday, lowering the Packers to 2-4 on the season. The Broncos have dropped to 2-5.
Green Bay trailed 9-0 at halftime, including a failed field goal, but scored three times in the second half, the latest a deflected TD ball to WR Jayden Reed on fourth down to take a 17-16 lead. The Packers had one last shot after the Broncos replied with a fourth-quarter drive for a field goal to regain the lead at 19-17.
Green Bay drove to the Denver 44-yard line before being pushed back to the other side of midfield by a holding call on G Elgton Jenkins. Then, on third-and-20, QB Jordan Love’s deep pass intended for WR Samori Toure was intercepted by S P.J. Locke.
Love finished 21-of-31 for 180 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception for a 90.8 passer rating. RB AJ Dillon rushed for 61 yards and caught two passes for 34 yards. RB Aaron Jones rushed for 35 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards.
TE Luke Musgrave had four catches for 30 yards before departing the game with an injury as a result of a penalty hit that resulted in S Kareem Jackson’s dismissal. WR Romeo Doubs had two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown, while Reed had three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown.
QB Russell Wilson led the Broncos with 20-of-29 passing for 194 yards, one touchdown, and a 98.9 passer rating. WR Courtland Sutton had six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown, and WR Jerry Jeudy had five receptions for 64 yards. Javonte Williams had 15 carries for 82 yards, and Jaleel McLaughlin had five for 45 yards.
Here’s a rundown of everything that happened:
After the First Quarter, the Broncos Lead the Packers 3-0
The Packers won the coin toss and chose to defer. Carrington Valentine took over at outside cornerback for Jaire Alexander, who was unable to play due to a back ailment.
Rashan Gary got two early pressures on Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, but Denver converted a third-and-seven situation with a 33-yard pass to Courtland Sutton.
Wilson connected with Sutton again for a 3-yard gain on third down at the Packers’ 31. On third-and-1, Denver nearly scored on a Javonte Williams 4-yard TD run, but Quinn Bailey was penalized for holding.
With 8 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first quarter, the Broncos settled for a 32-yard Will Lutz field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
Green Bay’s defense forced a three-and-out, helped along by Quay Walker’s 1-yard sack of Williams on second down.
Jones gained five yards on a dive up the middle to set up Love’s 8-yard pass to tight end Luke Musgrave for the first down, starting at the Packers’ 38.
After Love and Jayden Reed failed to connect on a downfield pass on third-and-6, the Packers were forced to punt. On fourth-and-6, the Packers appeared to draw a defender offsides, but center Josh Myers was called for a false start. Daniel Whelan’s 51-yard punt was returned to the end zone for a touchback.
The second quarter will begin in Green Bay territory for Denver.
At Halftime, the Broncos Lead the Packers 9-0
Denver advanced into Green Bay’s red zone after converting a third-and-5 with a 9-yard slant ball to Sutton.
On second-and-8, Kingsley Enagbare and Lukas Van Ness teamed to flush Wilson from the pocket and throw the ball away.
Devonte Wyatt, a Packers defensive lineman, was hurt during the play. Wyatt has a knee problem and his return is in doubt.
Preston Smith forced Wilson to toss the ball away on third down, and the Broncos settled for a 29-yard Lutz field goal with 13:14 left in the half to increase their lead to 6-0.
Following a Denver offsides penalty, Love completed his first pass to Christian Watson for six yards and the first down. A neutral zone penalty created a third-and-4 situation, but Love’s pass fell incomplete due to apparent miscommunication.
The defense had the Broncos facing a third-and-5 from their own 15, but Keisean Nixon was called for defensive pass interference on Brandon Johnson.
After a failed end-around on first down, Rasul Douglas tackled Marvin Mims Jr. for an 11-yard loss. Following a holding penalty on Garett Bolles, the Broncos faced second-and-31.
Jaleel McLaughlin broke a 25-yard run to convert a third-and-8 situation. Safety Darnell Savage left the game after suffering a calf injury. After Wilson’s missed throw, the Broncos were forced to punt.
Emanuel Wilson gained nine yards on back-to-back touches against his previous team. Jones subsequently gained the first down with a 6-yard pass to the left.
With a 14-yard pass from Love, Romeo Doubs advanced the Packers across midfield. Jones completed another third-and-1 pass to the Denver 31.
After the two-minute warning, AJ Dillon gained six yards, but Rasheed Walker was called for a false start, setting up third-and-9 at the Broncos’ 30. The drive, however, ended in futility when Anders Carlson’s 43-yard field goal sailed wide left.
The Broncos marched down the field in the last 41 seconds of the first half to extend their lead with a 35-yard Lutz field goal. Emanuel Wilson’s 14-yard run brought the first half to a close.
After Three Quarters, the Broncos Lead the Packers 16-10
The third quarter opened with the Packers reporting the absences of defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (knee), safety Darnell Savage (calf), and cornerback Eric Stokes (hamstring).
Jones started the second half with a 6-yard run. On third-and-4, the Packers converted with a 17-yard pass across the middle to Dontayvion Wicks.
On third-and-6, Love scrambled for nine yards to the Denver 39 to keep the drive going. On Dillon’s 8-yard draw up the middle, center Josh Myers was injured.
The right tackle Zach Yosh Nijman took over at right tackle and replaced Myers at center.
On second-and-2 from the Denver 31, the Packers tried a trick play in which Wicks threw an end-around pass across the field to Aaron Jones. The gain was 14 yards.
With 10:24 remaining in the third quarter, the Packers trimmed Denver’s lead to 9-3 on a 29-yard Carlson field goal. The 12-play drive covered 64 yards in 4:36.
After an 18-yard pass from Wilson to Jerry Jeudy and a 21-yard run by Williams to the Green Bay 36, the Broncos were back in scoring zone.
Despite a 2-yard stop for a loss by Quay Walker and McDuffie on Michael Burton, Denver’s drive continued as Jonathan Owens was called for defensive holding on third-and-3.
With 6:17 remaining in the third quarter, the Broncos increased their advantage to 16-3 on an 18-yard touchdown pass to Sutton on third-and-4. The 75-yard drive took 4:07 to complete.
The Packers’ next drive began with a 23-yard pass to Watson on a deep crossing pattern. On third-and-7 at the Denver 49, Love nearly caught the defense with 12 men on the field, forcing Denver to call its first timeout.
Surtain was called for defensive holding on Wicks on the next play, giving the Packers a new set of downs. On third-and-7, the Packers advanced the ball again with a 12-yard pass to Reed off an out route.
With 1:46 remaining in the third quarter, Doubs fought through tight coverage to catch a 16-yard touchdown pass from Love, cutting Denver’s advantage to 16-10.
Rashan Gary’s third-quarter tackle on Williams on third-and-3 forced a Broncos three-and-out.
The Packers’ Comeback Effort Falls Short in a 19-17 Loss to the Broncos
Musgrave grabbed a 16-yard crossing pattern throw before taking a strong hit to the head from Broncos safety Kareem Jackson, who was called for unnecessary roughness and was ejected from the game.
Musgrave left the game following the play, which moved the ball to the Denver 38, with an ankle injury.
Dillon got four yards on the ground, and Wilson added four more on a short pass from Love to set up third-and-2.
After Dillon was stopped on third down, the Packers decided to go for it on fourth-and-1. The Packers extended the drive with a two-yard playaction rollout to Sims.
On second-and-12, Love scrambled for 10 yards, but a false start penalty on the next play drove Green Bay back to the Denver 9.
Fourth-and-2 was set up by a 5-yard pass to Jones. Love hit Doubs on a slant, but the ball bounced off his hands and into the arms of Reed for a 4-yard touchdown, giving the Packers a 17-16 lead with 8:31 remaining in regulation.
With Jeudy’s 16-yard catch and run up the middle to the Packers’ 45, the Broncos moved back into Green Bay territory. Preston Smith sacked Wilson at the Denver 34, but Lutz converted a 52-yard field goal with 3:50 remaining to put the Broncos up 19-17.
The Packers began their following drive with a 29-yard pass to Dillon, who ran up the middle for the Denver 44. Following the two-minute warning, Green Bay was penalized for holding. On third-and-20, P.J. Locke intercepted Love on a deep pass intended for Toure.