Billed as the battle of the GOATs, Brady (the actual GOAT) struck first with a 10-play lightning-quick no-huddle drive that left Collinsworth fawning. The Packers answered with a 14 play, 57-yard drive of their, only to stall out and settle for a field goal, as the Patriots defense tightened in the redzone. Following a Patriots punt, the Packers made into the NE 44, before again stalling out and punting. New England then drove 73 yards to the Green Bay 10 aided by a 29 yard pass to Josh Gordon and a 33 yard pass to Edelman. The Patriots redzone offense sputtered, however, and after 3 plays failed to gain any yards, the Patriots settled for a FG and a 10-3 lead.
Following a pair of three-and-outs, the Packers strung-together a 13 play 74-yard drive capped with a Rodgers to Adams TD pass on 3rd and goal to net the game at 10. The Patriots immediately answered with a smash-mouth drive of their own, going 69 yards in 7 plays to retake the lead 17-10. The drive notably featured a heavy dose of Cordarrelle Patterson who carried the ball 4 times for 55 yards, including the 5-yard TD plunge – suffice to say he was AMPED-UP after. Leading 17-10 with under 2 minutes to go in the half, I fully expected Rodgers to strike back; however, in a sign of things to come, the Patriots defense stifled the Packers and preserved the lead going into half time.
The Packers received the 2nd half kickoff and immediately drove 86 yards in 7 plays, aided by a 51-yard bomb from Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Rodgers capped off the drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Jimmy Graham, and the game was knotted at 17. The seemed headed for a close finish. The Patriots answered with a 12 play, 66-yard drive of their own, making it all the way the GB 1. On 2nd and goal, Patterson seemingly scored his second TD of the game, only to be reversed on replay. The Patriots then failed to score on 3rd or 4th down, and suddenly the Packers had the ball and the momentum. Following a pair of 3-and-outs, Rodgers took over on his own 7 and drove 64-yards in 5 plays, highlighted by a pair of passes to Valdes-Scantling for 50 yard.
Just when the Packers looked poised to seize the lead, however, Lawrence Guy forced an Aaron Jones fumble at the NE 29, and Stephon Gilmore recovered. Patriots ball! Seizing the momentum, the Patriots marched 76-yards in 10 plays to again reach the GB 1. Unlike their earlier failed drive, however, James White hammered the ball in this time to retake the lead 24-17. Rodgers and the Packers were stifled thereafter, losing 6 yards in a 3-and-out and punting the ball back to the Patriots, who took over on their own 28. Two plays later, Brady found Josh Gordon open 20 yards downfield, who broke a tackle and raced the remaining distance for a 55-yard TD score. 31-17 Patriots.
Rodgers would get one more drive, but turned the ball over on downs after gaining only 22 yards. The Patriots never gave the ball back, reaching the GB 21 before kneeling the game away. The Patriots improved to 7-2, while the Packers fell to 3-4-1 and continued their downward spiral.