Packers hold off Bucs 14-12

This is the fifth all-time meeting between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up before the start of an NFL...
FILE - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up before the start of an NFL preseason football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. The Packers’ chances of continuing that uncanny level of success will depend on how fast reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers develops chemistry with his new group of receivers.(Ed Zurga | AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 4:37 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Green Bay Packers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The Packers offense was firing from all cylinders to start off the game. Aaron Rodgers was 12/13 for two touchdowns on the Packers first two drives of the game.

In the first quarter Rodgers connected with rookie receiver Romeo Doubs for his first NFL touchdown and Green Bay had a 7-3 lead. Then on their second drive Rodgers hit Allen Lazard for six-yards and another Green Bay touchdown. A noticeable boost to the Packers offense with the return of all-pro left tackle David Bakhtiari.

Tom Brady and the Bucs didn’t have an answer for the Packers defense in their first three drives. Brady was sacked twice in the first half, and they would settle for a field goal on their first drive.

Just before the half the Bucs defense comes up big with a fumble recovery in the end zone. They’d move quickly down the field but would have a fumble of their own on 2nd & 10 and it’s recovered by Green Bay’s Darnell Savage.

The Packers offense wouldn’t look the same following the Aaron Jones fumble in the second quarter. The Packers would punt on their first two drives of the second half, and on the third Aaron Rodgers would get picked off by Logan Ryan and the Bucs would turn that into a field goal to make it 14-6 Packers.

It would be a defensive slugfest in the second half, the Packers would have a promising drive with 3:00 to go in the game, but on 3rd & 10 Rodgers was sacked for a loss of eight yards and the Packers weren’t able to get to field goal range.

That would come back to hurt the Packers because the Bucs would score with 14 seconds to go in the game, but after a failed two-point conversion which would’ve tied the game, the Packers hang on to get the win and move to 2-1 on the season.