5 takeaways from the Packers’ victory over the Rams

2. The start of the second half decided the game.

Leading 10-6 at intermission, the Packers got the ball coming out of halftime and drove 68 yards in 11 plays, consuming 6 minutes, 56 seconds on the clock, and scoring on AJ Dillon’s second TD run of the game.

“I like how we came out in the second half,” Rodgers said. “That first drive was really important, seven minutes, touchdown, backed up by two scores. That was winning football, and we haven’t really done that consistently enough throughout the season.”

It was just the fourth time in 10 times when taking the second half kickoff that the Packers had put up points, and just the second touchdown.

The defense then responded with a three-and-out, thanks in part to a Rams holding penalty, and the offense took over at the LA 35-yard line following a 17-yard punt return by Keisean Nixon and a facemask penalty for an extra 15 yards.

Six plays later, a short TD pass to Aaron Jones put the Packers up 24-6 and in control.

3. The running backs were once again the workhorses.

Jones and Dillon combined for 126 rushing yards and 71 receiving yards for 197 total of Green Bay’s 345 offensive yards in the game. They also scored all three touchdowns.

The Rams came in with a top-five rushing defense, which had held up well even without All-Pro Aaron Donald in the middle, but Jones averaged 5.3 yards per carry (17 for 90) and Dillon added 36 yards on 11 tries before exiting for a concussion evaluation.

LaFleur said the “run efficiency” could’ve been better but the “splash plays” kept the chains moving. The Rams kept their safeties back to prevent the big play most of the game, and Green Bay’s longest pass reception was a 25-yard screen to Jones. But the Packers killed the final 8:51 off the clock with a 15-play drive that was stopped one yard shy of the end zone.

Green Bay wound up with a time of possession advantage in the second half of 21:56 to 8:04.

“They basically played a lot of two-shell,” said Rodgers, who finished 22-of-30 for 229 yards, one TD and one interception for a 92.2 passer rating. “If we’ve got to (throw with the) quick game and run the football to win, we’ll do that.”

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