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Packers win at St. Louis

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) runs the ball under pressure from St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (58) during the first half Saturday afternoon at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) -- The Green Bay Packers defeated the St. Louis Rams 21-7 Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.

Quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Aaron Rodgers made their preseason debuts and each threw a touchdown pass.

Bradford, returning from a knee injury that sidelined him last season, was 9-of-12 passing for 101 yards and connected on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks in the second quarter for St. Louis.

Rodgers completed 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards and a 3-yard, first-quarter scoring strike to Green Bay running back Randall Cobb.

Defensive end Michael Sam had his first sack for the Rams, tackling Packers quarterback Matt Flynn for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

The Rams likely lost running back Isaiah Pead for the season with an apparent torn ACL after he planted his foot awkwardly during a kickoff in the first quarter.

Green Bay hosts its first preseason game Friday against Oakland.

  • Rams backup running back Isaiah Pead likely will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, which buckled at the end of a 33-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. He was helped off the field and carted away for tests.
  • Packers tight end Brandon Bostick was sidelined with a lower leg injury in the first quarter.

Green Bay    7-3-8-3—21

St. Louis    0-7-0-0—7

First Quarter

GB — Randall Cobb 3 pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 9:38

Second Quarter

GB — Crosby 31 field goal, 12:41

STL — Lance Kendricks 11 pass from Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein kick), 8:02

Third Quarter

GB — Jeff Janis 34 pass from Matt Flynn (Davante Adams pass from Flynn), 1:08

Fourth Quarter

GB — Crosby 49 field goal, 6:46

Att. — 55,072.

    GB    STL

First downs    22    17

Rushes-yards    30-125    27-78

Passing    261    138

Comp-Att-Int    22-31-0    16-28-0

Kick returns-yards    2-36    5-135

Punts-yards    3-9    2-(-8)

Fumbles-lost    1-1    1-0

Penalties-yards    12-95    10-76

Time of possession    27-20    32-40


RUSHING — GB, D. Harris 7-32, E. Lacy 5-25, L. Perkins 7-25, M. Hill 4-17, A. Rodgers 1-14, J. Starks 4-9, I. Liaina 1-2, M. Flynn 1-1. STL, T. Mason 12-30, B. Cunningham 5-24, T. Watts 3-19, Z. Stacy 6-6, S. Hill 1-(-1).

PASSING — GB, A. Rodgers 11-13-0-128, S. Tolzien 10-15-0-107, M. Flynn 2-3-0-44. STL, S. Bradford 9-12-0-101, G. Gilbert 3-6-0-32, A. Davis 3-6-0-40, S. Hill 1-4-0-14.

RECEIVING —  GB, A. Quarless 4-58, R. Cobb 3-34, J. Janis 1-34, D. Adams 2-28, M. Hill 1-27, E. Lacy 2-22, J. Boykin 3-21, K. Dorsey 1-18, A. Gillett 1-13, L. Perkins 1-10, B. Bostick 1-9, D. harris 1-2, M. White 1-2, C. Harper 1-1. STL, B. Quick 1-41, S. Bailey 2-28, J. Harris 1-26, T. Austin 2-20, L. Kendricks 2-15, J. Cunningham 2-13, A. Bayer 1-11, Z. Stacy 1-10, T. Waats 1-8, J. Cook 1-5, K. Britt 1-5, C. Harkey 1-5.