BALTIMORE — For much of the afternoon, Aaron Rodgers was ducking oncoming linemen and throwing rushed, errant throws.
When it counted, however, Rodgers came up with the big plays.
Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, former Dutchtown High standout Eddie Lacy ran for 120 yards and Mason Crosby kicked four field goals as the Green Bay Packers beat the Baltimore Ravens 19-17 on Sunday.
Rodgers was 17-for-32 for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Still, Rodgers was magnificent.
His 64-yarder to Nelson gave Green Bay a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter. After the Ravens closed to 19-17 on an 18-yard touchdown catch by Dallas Clark with 2:04 remaining, Rodgers clinched the victory with a 52-yard completion to Jermichael Finley on third-and-3.
Rodgers completed only seven passes after halftime, yet those plays totaled 199 yards.
“Days like today remind you of why you love this game so much,” Rodgers said. “Offensively, we’re struggling a little bit, but we found a way to make enough plays to win.”
The Ravens (3-3) had won 13 straight at home against NFC foes.
“Aaron made some really good plays out of the pocket in the second half,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said.