FOXBORO, Mass. (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers came out swinging, and nearly pulled off a major upset, but fell short in 31-27 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts Sunday.
Down 4, quarterback Matt Flynn led the Packers (8-6) into Patriots (12-2) territory with a chance to win, but showed the management expected of a first-time starter, and was sacked on 4th-and-2, at the New England 16 yard line leading to a fumble recovered by the Patriots as time expired.
Flynn had a bigger night than the veteran, Super Bowl winning QB on the other sideline Tom Brady. Number 10 finished the night 24-of-37 for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. Brady's night was steady, finishing 15-of-24 for 163 yards and 2 TD's.
The Packers held the overall edge in both time of possession (40:18 to 19:12) and total yards (369 to 249), but turned the ball over twice and allowed an NFL record 71 yard kickoff return to offensive guard Dan Connolly near the end of the first half, which set up a Patriot touchdown.
Get a full recap of this game and the current playoff scenarios on the 5th Quarter with Mark Daniels and Nick Vitrano starting at 5 p.m. Monday exclusively on 97.5/1360 News Talk WTAQ.