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Packers block punt for touchdown, even while a man down

Green Bay Packers linebacker Lattimore tries to pick up a blocked punt by the Jacksonville Jaguars that was later picked up for a touchdown by teammate linebacker Moses in the first half during their NFL football game in Green Bay Reuters

If you’re looking for a capsule of the Jaguars’ 1-6 start, look no further.

The team that invested a third-round pick in punter Bryan Anger allowed a blocked punt for a touchdown yesterday, even though the Packers only had 10 men on the field.

According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers were short because rookie Jarrett Boykin apparently failed to take his place.

That didn’t stop Davon House from coming clean through the Jags protection and blocking the punt, which bounced around and was eventually recovered by Dezman Moses in the end zone for the score that made it 14-3 in the second quarter.

House said several Jags even pointed him out, but no one bothered blocking him.

“They called it out, so I don’t know if they just blocked it wrong or what,” House said. “But I came scot-free. No one touched me at all. When I motioned in, they said something and they pointed at me, and I still came in free.”

Several Packers on the punt return team said they didn’t realize they were short-handed.

“Is that right?” Moses asked. “Well, we got it done anyway.”

The Packers have continued to make plays on special teams under coach Shawn Slocum, with a fake field goal for a touchdown against the Bears, a fake punt for a first down conversion against the Saints and an onside kick recovery against the Rams.

They missed a fake field goal pass Sunday, and kicker Mason Crosby pinged a 32-yard field goal off the upright (his first miss inside 50 yards this year), but otherwise the special teams unit has been solid.

“Special teams has been the lead dog all year,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “They set the tempo with the blocked punt. Shawn Slocum and the special teams, our focus was to put pressure on their punt protection, and I thought the execution of Davon House on the block was excellent.”

So good, that he didn’t even need all his help.

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14 Responses to “Packers block punt for touchdown, even while a man down”
  1. mustbechris says: Oct 29, 2012 9:45 AM

    what does Anger being drafted in the 3rd round have to do with the punt getting blocked? it’s not like he blew the blocking coverage.

  2. mike83ri says: Oct 29, 2012 9:47 AM

    If the Packers had been dedicating their season to someone who recently passed, all the nutjob fans would be saying dumb crap like ‘Art Modell was out there with them!’ or ‘Garrett Reid blocked that punt!’.

    Dislike away, you all know it’s true.

  3. lbpackfan says: Oct 29, 2012 9:48 AM

    Davon House left his man WIIIIDE open…any recognition of this by punter-wr would’ve been a huge play…obviously a first down, possibly a TD.

  4. packerbadger says: Oct 29, 2012 10:11 AM

    Pack gonna need more than special teams if they’re gonna play into Jan or farther. Hopefully, we’ll heal up and get it together sooner than later.

  5. thepvyharvin says: Oct 29, 2012 10:52 AM

    Packers ,Bears and Vikings very inconsistent,,,,anybodies guess who wins division

  6. rg3isvictory says: Oct 29, 2012 11:07 AM

    I didn’t know it was the punters fault? So, he allowed the players to come unblocked. It’s also the Jags fault for picking a punter in the 3rd round that couldn’t block and punt at the same time. What an amateur!!!

  7. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 29, 2012 11:25 AM

    Embarassing special teams blunder. Major game-changer.

  8. granadafan says: Oct 29, 2012 11:31 AM

    Tebow, the almighty punt protector, would have smited down all punt rushers. Oh wait…

  9. kahnsbushymustache says: Oct 29, 2012 12:32 PM

    DG always tries to find the angle to get a dig in on the Jaguars…

  10. iicefish says: Oct 29, 2012 12:57 PM

    “House said several Jags even pointed him out, but no one bothered blocking him.”

    How can you block a house?

  11. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 29, 2012 2:52 PM

    I love how Vikings fans WERE saying that they owned the division and the Packers sucked, an now that its all tied up, it’s anybody’s guess

    The Packers will still win the north. The bears in 2nd and vikes/lions will fight it out for last.

  12. thepvyharvin says: Oct 29, 2012 4:36 PM

    Truth hurts huh Tokyo ?

  13. groleo45 says: Oct 29, 2012 5:37 PM

    I wish we had special teams like this in Detroit…

  14. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 29, 2012 8:51 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Oct 29, 2012 4:36 PM
    Truth hurts huh Tokyo ?

    The Truth has actually set me free…

    I’ve been saying for several weeks that the Packers would catch up to the Vikings before the bye week, and win the division by several games.

    I’ve been right so far…

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