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Halftime Notes: Rams Trailing Packers, 10-8

Los Angeles has had a tough time getting anything going offensively and trails Green Bay by 2 after 30 minutes.

Here are a few notes from the first half of action.



Both teams punted to start the contest, but Green Bay was able to put the game's first points on the board with a pair of long passes.

On 3rd-and-5 from the Green Bay 30, Rodgers fired a deep pass down the left side to Davante Adams for a 48-yard gain to the L.A. 22. And while the next play initially looked like a 22-yard touchdown over the middle to tight end Jimmy Graham, the play was reversed to put Green Bay inside the one-yard line. A play later, running back Jamaal Williams ran it in for a touchdown.

Green Bay would add a 41-yard field goal on their ensuing drive to take a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.


Los Angeles won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half, and got off the field with the help of a big-time sack by linebacker Cory Littleton.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has touted Littleton's versatility throughout the season and that came through early. On 3rd-and-2 from the Los Angeles 37, Littleton rushed off the edge untouched from the offense's right. And while quarterback Aaron Rodgers tried to evade Littleton, the Washington product held on to bring down the signal-caller for a 14-yard loss.


The Rams had difficulty establishing any rhythm offensively early on in the game, particularly on third down.

While L.A. began the contest with a third-down completion from quarterback Jared Goff to tight end Tyler Higbee, the Packers defense got the better of the home team's pass protection on the following three third downs.

Green Bay sacked Goff on three consecutive third downs, with defensive lineman Kenny Clark picking up a pair of those sacks, and linebacker Blake Martinez getting the other.


With L.A. still having a tough time moving the ball, head coach Sean McVay and special teams coordinator John "Bones" Fassel dialed up a fake punt to move the chains.

On 4th-and-3 from the L.A. 45, Hekker fielded the long snap from Jake McQuaide, cocked his arm, and fired a strike to cornerback Sam Shields on the right side for a 12-yard gain and a first down.

The Rams haven't had to use Hekker much in most games this season, so it was the punter's first fake attempt all year.

Los Angeles' offense, however, still couldn't get anything going and ended up having to punt on 4th-and-10 on the following set of downs.


For the second week in a row, the Rams picked up a two-point play — this time from their defense. However, the play was set up from more strength on special teams by Hekker and Shields.

Los Angeles was forced to punt from 4th-and-10 from their own 47-yard line. Hekker booted the ball well, and it bounced inside the 10. Then Shields came up and secured the pigskin, keeping his toes from breaking the plane to down the punt inside the one-yard line.

On Green Bay's next play from scrimmage, linebacker Mark Barron stuffed running back Aaron Jones when he was still inside the blue paint to give Los Angeles its second safety in two weeks.


Getting the ball back with 2:40 left in the half, Los Angeles got in position to score a quick touchdown with a pair of plays that were overturned after review.

The first was a 25-yard completion from Goff to wideout Brandin Cooks on the left side. McVay successfully challenged the call, with Cooks getting his hands under the pass to secure it.

Then running back Todd Gurley was able to secure a catch down the left sideline that was initially deflected. He caught the ball and snuck his toes in before going out of bounds at the Green Bay three-yard line.

Los Angeles scored its first touchdown of the day on a one-yard touchdown to wideout Josh Reynolds on 3rd-and-goal from the one-yard line. But going for two to tie the game before the half, Gurley was stuffed before getting in the box.

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