Rodgers tosses 4 TDs as Packers rout Titans
Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, three to DaVante Adams, and Green Bay’s defense kept the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in check Sunday night during a 40-14 beating of the Tennessee Titans at snowy Lambeau Field.
Rodgers completed 21 of 25 passes for 231 yards and a meaningless fourth-quarter interception, just his fifth of the year against 44 scores. Adams finished with 11 catches for 142 yards. The Packers also pounded out 234 yards on the ground, with AJ Dillon netting 124 yards and two scores on 21 attempts.
Green Bay (12-3) also broke out a five-man defensive front to neutralize NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry. He managed 98 yards on 23 carries, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill hit only 11 of 24 passes for 121 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Tannehill did rush for a 45-yard score less than three minutes into the third quarter to draw Tennessee (10-5) within 19-14. But the Packers blew it open with Rodgers’ 8-yard strike to Adams, followed by 30- and 7-yard touchdown runs from the powerful Dillon.
Green Bay can clinch the top seed for the NFC playoffs next week with a win in Chicago, while the Titans can wrap up the AFC South next week by winning at Houston.
Green Bay spent most of the first half beating Tennessee at its own game — running to set up the pass. After the opening kickoff went out of bounds, the Packers moved 60 yards in eight plays. Rodgers flipped a 5-yard touchdown pass to Adams.
On their next drive, they went 80 yards in 10 plays, with Rodgers finding Equanimeous St. Brown for a 21-yard scoring strike on the second quarter’s first play.
Rodgers and Adams hooked up again to complete the next drive, connecting on a 7-yard touchdown six plays after a Tannehill interception. That upped the lead to 19-0 with 10:46 left in the half.
The Titans’ only sack stopped Green Bay’s next drive and led to their first score. Tannehill ended a 71-yard drive by scrambling and finding Jonnu Smith for a 12-yard score 37 seconds before halftime, making it 19-7.
–Field Level Media