New England Patriots (12-2) 31, Green Bay Packers (8-6) 27
Sunday December 19th 2010 (at New England)
Packers quarterback Matt Flynn gets off a pass with excellent protection. Despite their best efforts, the Packers lost 31-27. (PHOTO: Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
(NEW ENGLAND) - In the end, inexperience cost him. Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, but indecision in the final minute allowed New England to come away with a 31-27 victory over the Packers. Flynn was playing in place of Aaron Rodgers, who sat because of a concussion suffered last week, and looked like a veteran quarterback at times. He completed 24-of-37 throws and had the Packers deep in Patriots territory with a little more than a minute to play. But a failure to quickly call a play with time winding down left Flynn scrambling, and Tully Banta-Cain sacked him from behind to force a fumble and end the game. Tom Brady passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Aaron Hernandez in the fourth quarter, to help the Patriots (12-2) earn a sixth consecutive victory.
GREEN BAY   -  0 17  7  3 - 27
NEW ENGLAND -  7  7  7 10 - 31
                       GREEN BAY   NEW ENGLAND
First downs                   26            14
Rush-yards-TDs          38-143-0      16-113-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 24-37-251-3-1 15-24-163-2-0
Sacked-yards                5-25          3-27
Net pass yards               226           136
Total yards                  369           249
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           2-0
Turnovers                      2             0
Penalties-yards             2-15          7-52
SCORING
1st - NE - BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 33-yard run (Shayne Graham kick) NEW ENGLAND 7-3
2nd - GB - J. Jones, 66-yard pass from Flynn (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - GB - Jennings, 1-yard pass from Flynn (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
2nd - NE - Aaron Hernandez, 2-yard pass from Tom Brady (Graham kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
3rd - NE - Kyle Arrington, 36-yard interception return (Graham kick) NEW ENGLAND 21-17
3rd - GB - Kuhn, 6-yard pass from Flynn (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-21
4th - GB - Crosby, 19-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-21
4th - NE - Graham, 38-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-24
4th - NE - Aaron Hernandez, 10-yard pass from Brady (Graham kick) NEW ENGLAND 31-27
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Brandon Jackson 22-99, John Kuhn 6-21, Matt Flynn 3-13, Dimitri Nance 6-11, Donald Driver 1-(-1)
NEW ENGLAND - Danny Woodhead 9-59, BenJarvus Green-Ellis 6-38 1 TD, Aaron Hernandez 1-16
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Matt Flynn 37-24-251 3 TD 1 INT
NEW ENGLAND - Tom Brady 24-15-163 2 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Jones 5-95 1 TD, Greg Jennings 4-30 1 TD, Donald Driver 3-31, John Kuhn 3-27 1 TD, Dimitri Nance 2-16, Quinn Johnson 2-15, Andrew Quarless 2-12, Jordy Nelson 1-16, Brett Swain 1-6, Brandon Jackson 1-3
NEW ENGLAND - Aaron Hernandez 4-31 2 TD, Wes Welker 3-42, Deion Branch 2-33, BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2-12, Rob Gronkowski 1-25, Danny Woodhead 1-12, Brandon Tate 1-5, Alge Crumpler 1-3