Packers vs. Rams score: Aaron Rodgers outduels Matthew Stafford as Green Bay rolls past L.A.

The Green Bay Packers fought their way back to the win column in Week 12, as they defeated Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams 36-28. Rodgers is dealing with a fractured toe, and many wondered how he would fare this Sunday in the frozen tundra coming off of a loss. While he was walking around gingerly in the second half, he still completed 28 of 45 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. 

Stafford was playing hurt, too, as he's reportedly dealing with pain in his throwing arm, elbow, a sore ankle and back pain. He looked off from beginning to end, but still completed 21 of 38 passes for 302 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Odell Beckham Jr. finally got going for his new team, as he caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Rams pulled within 11 points with his touchdown in the fourth quarter and added a field goal in the waning seconds, but it was too little too late by then.

Aaron Jones was active for the Packers after missing last week with a knee injury, but A.J. Dillon was RB1 on Sunday. He rushed 20 times for 69 yards and caught five passes for 21 yards and one touchdown. Green Bay's receivers had a big day as well, as Randall Cobb caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in just the first half before exiting the game with a groin injury, and Davante Adams caught eight passes for 104 yards. This was a measuring stick game for both clubs, and the Packers were able to prove that they are the superior team in the NFC.

Let's take a deep dive into what went down in Green Bay on Sunday. 

Why the Packers won

The Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL and they proved it on Sunday. Everyone knows about this offense, as Rodgers, Adams and Jones provide a formidable triple threat. There's more to this group, though. Dillon is clearly coming into his own, and his tough running in the fourth quarter allowed Green Bay to milk the clock. Rodgers connected with eight different receivers, as Marquez Valdes-Scantling showed his skill as a deep-ball threat and even Equanimeous St. Brown had a clutch third-down conversion midway through the fourth quarter.

The defense deserves plenty of credit for Sunday's outcome as well, as they forced three turnovers. Members of the secondary clamped down on receivers and the front four applied pressure to Stafford all game. Cornerback Rasul Douglas had a monster outing, as he recorded a pick six and four passes defensed. Not everything went according to plan, but this team jumped out to a quick lead and defended it until the final whistle.

Why the Rams lost

On Sunday morning, ESPN's Dianna Russini reported that Stafford is dealing with pain in his throwing arm, his elbow, a sore ankle and chronic back pain. There was no question if he was going to play, as he was not listed on the injury report this week, but he was banged up. While Stafford hasn't played great during this three-game losing streak, he was noticeably off on Sunday. That has to be worrisome for the Rams as we prepare for the final stretch. You can't blame the entire loss on Stafford, however. The Rams gifting the Packers with two possessions within L.A.'s 30-yard line in the first quarter allowed the Packers to jump out to a 10-point lead, and then the defense could have held Green Bay to less than 36 points. That's the most points Green Bay has scored in a single game all year.  

Turning point

The Packers started off the second half by embarking on a 13-play, 75-yard drive which was capped by a Dillon touchdown. The Rams answered by going three and out. After the Packers then went three and out as well, they punted the ball away. Instead of Cooper Kupp being back to field the punt, J.J. Koski took his place. He fumbled possession, which set up Green Bay with possession at the 27-yard line. 

While the Packers only got three points out of the possession, it pushed the lead to 13 points. When the Rams got the ball back, here's what happened three plays later: 

Play of the game

There were several candidates for "play of the game," but one NFL star beating another NFL star one on one to score a touchdown is always going to be included in the highlight reel. Rodgers faked the handoff to Dillon and then found himself one on one with Jalen Ramsey on the outside. The QB utilized the pump fake to freeze the defensive back, and then beat him to the edge. Ramsey is a star, but his teammates may give him a hard time about this one. 

Odell Beckham Jr.'s first touchdown as a Ram

Beckham caught just two passes in his first game with the Rams a couple weeks ago, and he had just one touch in the first half on Sunday. He was laboring through a back injury, but in the fourth quarter, however, he caught a 54-yard bomb to get the Rams within 11 points. 

Lambeau leap denied

Playing at Lambeau Field has to be a bucket list item for NFL players, and if you're lucky enough to score a touchdown on hallowed ground, you have to attempt the Lambeau leap -- even if you play for the opposing team. Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson had a highlight-reel 79-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and he attempted to celebrate with the Packers faithful. It didn't work out. 

What's next

The Rams return to L.A. next week to host Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars. As for the Packers, they get to enjoy their bye week. 

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Season Leaders

passing
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M. Stafford 4886 YD, 41 TDS, 17 INTS
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M. Stafford 4886 YD, 41 TDS, 17 INTS
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A. Rodgers 4115 YD, 37 TDS, 4 INTS
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A. Rodgers 4115 YD, 37 TDS, 4 INTS
rushing
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S. Michel 208 ATT, 845 YD, 4 TDS
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S. Michel 208 ATT, 845 YD, 4 TDS
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A. Dillon 187 ATT, 803 YD, 5 TDS
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A. Dillon 187 ATT, 803 YD, 5 TDS
receiving
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C. Kupp 145 REC, 1947 YD, 16 TDS
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C. Kupp 145 REC, 1947 YD, 16 TDS
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D. Adams 123 REC, 1553 YD, 11 TDS
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D. Adams 123 REC, 1553 YD, 11 TDS
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November 29, 2021, 12:56 AM
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November 29, 2021, 12:27 AM
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Aaron Rodgers is walking gingerly. You know that toe is probably hurting. 

November 29, 2021, 12:19 AM
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Rasul Douglas has been flashing everywhere today. Great game for him. 

November 29, 2021, 12:12 AM
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Von Miller that's a dumb play. Not only was it late but he led with the helmet. 

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November 29, 2021, 12:00 AM
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No idea how Kupp got his feet down on that conversion. 11 point game now. 

November 29, 2021, 12:00 AM
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Odell Beckham Jr. gets his first touchdown as a Ram! Huge 54-yard reception and that has to feel good for him, Stafford and Rams fans. 

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Rasul Douglas has had a couple huge INTs this season! That may put this one away. 

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