Patriots vs. Packers: Score, Stats & Highlights

Tom Brady (R) hands the ball off during the Patriots' preseason opener against Green Bay. (Getty)

Tom Brady (R) hands the ball off during the Patriots’ preseason opener against Green Bay. (Getty)

Final Score

Packers 3-6-6-7 — 22
Patriots 0-11-0-0 — 11

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made a triumphant appearance to Gillette Stadium, but it was Green Bay which prevailed 22-11 in a preseason matchup between the two teams Thursday.

Brady played two series and went 1-for-4 for 10 yards. Jimmy Garoppolo played the rest of the game, completing 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and an interception.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers played the first quarter and got plenty of reps. He went 11-for-19 for 117 yards and led a field goal drive. The Packers could have scored more early on, but failed on two fourth down attempts in Rodgers’ first two drives.

Check below for scores and highlights of the game.

Eddie Lacy Ran for 33 Yards on the Opening Drive, Packers Went 0-2 on 4th Downs

Packers running back Eddie Lacy was in top form right away, rushing for 33 yards on four carries. The Packers got inside the 5-yard line on their opening drive, but Lacy was stopped on 3rd-and-goal and Aaron Rodgers threw an incomplete pass on fourth down. On the second drive, the Packers had 4th-and-inches but didn’t convert.

At the end of the first quarter, Mason Crosby opened the scoring with a 24-yard field goal.

Jonas Gray Broke Free for a 55-Yard Touchdown to Give New England an 8-3 Lead

Garoppolo, on his first drive after entering in the final play of the first quarter, converted a third down attempt with a nice sideline throw to Josh Boyce for a 16-yard game, and on the next play Jonas Gray took a handoff 55 yards for a touchdown.

New England then went for a 2-point conversion, and Gray found the end zone again.

Packers Converted a 4th-Down Attempt for a Touchdown

2014 seventh round draft pick Jeff Janis hauled in this pass from Packers backup Scott Tolzien to give the Packers the lead back. On a 4th-and-3, Janis beat Logan Ryan off the line and Tolzien lofted the pass in for the score.

The Packers went for two, but Tolzien’s pass fell incomplete.

Stephen Gostkowski Nailed a 56-Yard Field Goal at Halftime Buzzer

Garoppolo led the Patriots in the 2-minute drill situation, and the half ended on this long field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. The score gave the lead back to New England heading into the halftime locker room.

Packers Running Back Alonzo Harris Scampered for a 25-Yard Touchdown in the 3rd Quarter

Assumingly not named after the character from “Training Day,” Packers rookie running back Alonzo Harris took this carry down the sideline 25 yards for a touchdown to take a 15-11 lead in the third quarter. Green Bay once again went for two and failed on a Tolzien pass.

Brett Hundley Threw a Touchdown Pass in 1st Career Game

Former UCLA standout Brett Hundley played the fourth quarter for Green Bay, and threw a touchdown pass to John Crockett to extend his team’s lead. Hundley, a fifth-round rookie, made several excellent throws on the drive.

Preview: A Possible Super Bowl Preview at Foxboro


Julian Edelman remains New England’s top target at wide receiver. (Getty)

Two of the favorites to win the Super Bowl 50 will clash on Thursday night when Green Bay visits New England during Week 1 of the NFL preseason. While the Patriots hoisted the Lombardi Trophy last year, Green Bay came within a whisker of meeting New England in the big game.

The teams have played one another just 11 times in the regular/postseason, including Green Bay’s win in Super Bowl XXXI. The Packers hold a narrow 6-5 lead in the series.

Patriots backup-turned-starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will likely take the majority of the snaps in Thursday’s game. Garoppolo may be called upon to play regular season games if Tom Brady’s suspension isn’t overturned. Garoppolo completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 618 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in last year’s preseason, and went 19-for-27 with a touchdown pass in limited regular season action in 2014.

When the two teams met at Lambeau Field last season, Green Bay pulled out a 26-21 win in one of the games of the season.

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