Packers Turn 21-3 Halftime Lead Into 30-27 Stunning Loss to Colts

Last season the Packers lost one regular season game the entire season. Five weeks into the 2012 season, they have lost three of their first five games, Sunday in stunning fashion.

They led the Colts 21-3 in Indianapolis, and appeared to be rolling towards an easy win. Instead, they let the Colts rally in the second half, and watched as Andrew Luck threw the winning TD to Reggie Wayne in the last 35 seconds in the Colts wild 30-27 win.

The Packers, now 2-3 had a shot to force overtime, but Mason Crosby missed badly a 51-yard field goal with 3 seconds to go.

The Colts seemed flat in the first half, then came out of nowhere on fire in the second half to outscore the Packers 27-6. They played inspired football for their coach, Chuck Pagano, who remains in a hospital undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Aaron Rodgers completed 11 of 17 passes for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half, and ended the day 21-of-33 passes for 243 yards with three scores and an interception for the Packers.

Packers running back Cedric Benson (foot) and defensive tackle B.J. Raji (ankle) both left during the first half and did not return. Tight end Jermichael Finley injured a shoulder in the second half and did not return.

“It’s a tough loss, we’re 2-3. We’re focused on the specifics of our football team, but we’re not where we need to be,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think that’s obvious because we had a chance to get better and win a football game today, and we did not take advantage of that opportunity.”

Trailing 27-22, Luck engineered an 80-yard drive in the final 4:30 to win the game. He hit Wayne with a 4-yard touchdown pass for the win. Wayne was hit by two defenders, but fought to extend the ball for the touchdown. Donald Brown ran for a two-point conversion.

Luck completed 31 of 55 passes for a career-high 362 yards with two touchdowns. Wayne caught 13 passes for 212 yards. Brown rushed for 84 yards.

Adam Vinatieri‘s 28-yard field goal with 8:04 left gave the Colts their first lead, 22-21. Green Bay regained the lead 27-22, on a two-play drive with 4:30 left, but the Colts staged the final drive to take the win.

The Pack will have another huge test next week, as they play at Houston next Sunday night.


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