HOUSTON—The resurrection of the Packers offense brought the team’s season back to life with a 42-24 win over the previously undefeated Houston Texans on Sunday night.
Rodgers applied the heat early to the Texans by pitching touchdown passes of 41 yards to
McCarthy’s halftime message?
“Continue and finish,” he said.
The Packers pushed the lead to 28-10 with a time-consuming drive to start the third quarter, and then canceled a Texans touchdown with a pass to tight end
A big win coming off a tough week? The Packers were coming off a loss in Indianapolis, after holding a 21-3 lead at halftime in that game.
“We won a football game. A tough week is probably your viewpoint, not ours. Our goal is to go to St. Louis and win two games in a row. Stack success,” McCarthy said.
The win evens the Packers’ record at 3-3 and breathes hope back into a season the team’s fans feared was slipping away. Rodgers agreed.
“This was an important game for us. Two and four would’ve been very difficult, another road game next week. You can’t add up too many losses early in the season,” Rodgers said.
Green Bay’s play on defense, especially considering it was without nose tackle
“Sound scheme by Dom Capers,” McCarthy said of the Packers defensive coordinator.
The plan appears to have been to stop Foster and force the Texans out of their run-the-ball personality and into a panic passing attack. It was a defensive plan that required Rodgers to apply the panic, which he did with a barrage of yards and points. Rodgers threw for 338 yards and a 133.8 passer rating, outpointing Texans quarterback Matt Schaub by nearly 80 rating points.
“Aaron was on fire,” McCarthy said.
It marked a return to the good old days of 2011, when the Packers moved the ball up and down the field, seemingly at will.
“What we did last year was put teams away. We talked about that this week. We played a more complete game,” Rodgers said.
A turning point in the season?
“I think so. I really do,” he said. “To win in their place is big. We have to keep this momentum going.”
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