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Houston defensive end J.J. Watt sacked Rodgers, and fired up the fans by mimicking Rodgers‘ “championship belt” pose after the play. Watt, who finished with two sacks, came into the game with 7 1-2 sacks, just behind Green Bay’s Clay Matthews, who led the league with eight and didn’t have won against the Texans.
That didn’t faze Rodgers, who eluded a rush from Connor Barwin and completed a 24-yard pass to Randall Cobb, who had seven catches for 102 yards. Jones made a diving, fingertip catch in the end zone just before the end of the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.
“As a quarterback, it’s interesting to see the kind of dances that go on around you,” Rodgers said, “and it’s not often that you get a chance to dance back to them.”
Rodgers completed 15 of 21 passes for 187 yards and was only sacked once in the first half. He connected with six receivers before halftime, and didn’t miss Greg Jennings, who sat out again with a groin injury.
“He put on a show tonight,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of Rodgers.
Not that they needed it, but the Texans helped Rodgers with untimely penalties.
A holding call wiped out an 11-yard touchdown run by Rodgers. But Barwin stepped on another player’s back trying to block Mason Crosby’s field-goal attempt, an unsportsmanlike conduct call resulting in a first down.
Safety Danieal Manning was called for a personal foul after a whistle on a third-down play, and Rodgers threw another TD pass for a 28-10 lead.
“That’s discipline,” Kubiak said, “and discipline starts with me.”
Rookie receiver Keshawn Martin made two first-down catches late in the third quarter and Foster scored again. Cobb returned the ensuing kickoff to the Packers‘ 43, and Rodgers went back to work. On third down, he scrambled to his right and threw to Crabtree, who was wide open and waltzed into the end zone.
Sam Shields intercepted Schaub and fans started filing for the exits, with more than 14 minutes remaining.
NOTES: Packers LB D.J. Smith and RB Brandon Saine left the game with “significant” knee injuries, according to the team. … Rodgers surpassed his previous career high (5), set in the second-to-last game of last season, against Chicago. … The Packers improved to 19-5 in Sunday night games. … Texans WR Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 75 yards, going over 10,000 yards receiving in his career. … The Texans made a field goal for the 16th consecutive game, a franchise record. … The announced attendance was 71,702, a record for a regular-season game at Reliant Stadium.
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