Lori Nickel on Packers injuries, 'pretty good' defense

Lori Nickel on Packers injuries, 'pretty good' defense

Marred by penalties: Of the many standbys McCarthy has repeated in news conferences this season, the need to reduce penalties is near the top of the list.

The Green Bay Packers held off a second-half fight back from the San Diego Chargers to clinch a 27-20 victory in the National Football League this evening, leaving Mike McCarthy's men with six wins from six games in the new campaign. At one point, Rodgers had as many completions as Keenan Allen had receptions midway through the fourth quarter.

Here are the five biggest takeaways from the Packers' 27-20 win.

Rivers looked for his first read, tight end Antonio Gates, before going to Woodhead, a move that allowed Randall time to make the play.

Rivers' two scoring passes wiped out the Chargers' 14-point deficit, but he couldn't connect with Danny Woodhead on a fourth-and-goal pass from the three with 15 seconds left.

Randall, the Packers' first-round draft pick and a converted safety from Arizona State, said he hasn't had any bigger play in his football career going back to his youth. "Rivers was trying to see if he could get it to Gates first".

Finley, 28, had not played in a game since suffering a bruised spinal cord against the Cleveland Browns on October. 20, 2013.

At times Sunday, the Packers were running on fumes, which is why the bye week couldn't come soon enough for a team that looks beat up physically and dead exhausted mentally.

ON THEIR HEELS: The Packers' defense had it most porous outing of the season. Green Bay has held its opponents scoreless in eight of 12 contests.

Take away the final score and the San Diego Chargers had a good, to great game against the Green Bay Packers. That's what was most important.

He was 16 of 29 for 255 yards.

The Chargers (2-4) have lost games in the final moments in back-to-back weeks, and three of their losses were by no more than seven points.

It was only a record setting performance by Phillip Rivers that the chargers were able to stay in this game with the Packers. "Another one. Another one that was tough".

There wasn't a whole lot of action left in the first half.

"We should have scored 40, we should have". "We should've. And that's what's frustrating because our defense played their tail off".

Plenty of time for Rivers who completed 7 straight passes to make it first and goal at the 3 with: 33 to play.

The Chargers defense played well for the most part, but he got little help from the team's three running backs.

RIVERS' END: On his back, after being knocked down on the fourth-down play by linebacker Julius Peppers, Rivers arched his neck up, then went back down in frustration and flailed his arms.

-Among those who didn't play Sunday were Te'o (ankle, inactive), left guard Orlando Franklin (ankle), center Chris Watt (groin, concussion), left tackle King Dunlap (concussion), cornerback Craig Mager (hamstring, missed four games), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring), defensive end Darius Philon (hip, thigh), who was placed on injured reserve and outside linebacker Tourek Williams (foot). Utilizing his quick release and short passing routes to thwart Green Bay's pass rush, Rivers completed 43 of a whopping 65 passes for two touchdowns and 503 yards - tied for the second-highest passing total by one player against Green Bay.

Lambo's 32-yard field goal with 11:10 remaining made it 24-20 and Crosby pushed the lead back to seven with a 28-yard boot with 2:37 to go.

"Brutal loss, obviously, losing the way we did", Coach Mike McCoy said. On the first, McCoy kept the offense on the field on fourth-and-3 from the Green Bay 12-yard line. In addition, of course, all those yards still only produced two touchdowns - and the Packers stopped Rivers when it counted twice, with a sack in Packers territory on their next-to-last possession to force a punt and on the goal-line stand in the final minute.

Lori Nickel on Packers injuries, 'pretty good' defense