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The Packers lead the Rams 20-17 at the half

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A showdown between two of the top teams in the NFC is halfway through on the Frozen Tundra and after 30 minutes the Packers lead the Rams 20 to 17. 

The Rams high-powered offense led by Matthew Stafford hit the field first, but after a quick first down were stopped and forced to punt it away.

The punt would pin the Pack deep in their own territory as the offense began their opening drive from the six. It started off promising as Aaron Rodgers took the field after yet another week without practice due to his fractured toe.

Rodgers began to methodically drive the green and gold down the field, tossing several passes to his favorite target Davante Adams, helping Adams cross the 1000 yard mark on the season, the third time he's hit the mark in his career.

For as promising as the drive started though, it would stall near mid-field and the Packers opted to punt and play for field position.

It proved to be the right decision.

On the second play of the Rams drive, Rashan Gary would get to Stafford to force a fumble, which was promptly scooped up by Preston Smith and returned to the Rams 5.

Three plays later, Rodgers would keep it himself around the right side for his third rushing touchdown of the season, tying him for the team lead with Aaron Jones, who was active for the game after missing the teams previous contest with a sprained knee.

After the Pack took a 7-0 lead, the defense would stand tall again as the Rams offense took to the field from their own 20. Los Angeles would set up a fourth and one situation, gambling to go for it from the 29, the gamble would prove costly.

The Packers defense stuffed the Rams rushing attempt, giving Rodgers and company a short field to work with. 

However L.A. would hold the Pack to a Mason Crosby 45-yard field goal which sailed through the uprights to give Green Bay a two-score, 10-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive, the Rams explosive offense would finally wake up, in the form of a 79-yard connection from Stafford to rookie receiver Van Jefferson setting the score at 10-7 in favor of the Pack.

Rodgers and the offense appeared poised to match the explosiveness as he came out and hit Randall Cobb on a 54-yard catch and run to get them into the Rams red zone, but again that L.A. defense proved stingy keeping them to another Crosby field goal, this time from 28, moving the score to 13-7.

After the Packers defense forced a 3 and out, the special teams miscues, that have made a habit of haunting the team this season, would strike again as Randall Cobb would mishandle the punt resulting in a fumble recovered by the Rams.

Taking the field backed up at their own 25, the defense would once again do their job, holding Los Angeles to a field goal to preserve the lead 13-10.

On the next drive the Packers offense began to show off their big-play ability as Rodgers hit Cobb for a 27-yard catch and run, which was followed up by a Rodgers to Adams hook-up for 43.

Two plays later Rodgers would reward Cobb for his drive-starting play with a 7-yard touchdown pass to put the Green and Gold up 20-10.

Stafford and Los Angeles would not go quietly into the break though, driving down the field in 8-plays and capping the march off with a 6-yard touchdown pass to running back Darrell Henderson to make it 20-17 with close to 1:30 left.

It appeared the Packers drive was stopped dead and Stafford would get another chance to score before the half, but an offsides penalty on the Green Bay punt would give the Packers a new set of downs to work with.

However they would be unable to pay it off as the Rams defense held and the were once again forced to punt.

The Rams would then be content to take a knee and head into the half down 20-17

Rodgers would end the half 15/24 for 199 yards with one touchdown toss and one run. His opponent Stafford would head into the locker room 9/14 for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Packers will receive the second half kickoff.

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