GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few halftime thoughts from Lambeau Field:
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed on three of his first four passes, prompting an inquiry that briefly suggested he might be released before the end of the first quarter. He recovered to complete 12 of his next 14 passes, including touchdowns to tight end Tom Crabtree and receiver Jordy Nelson.
Rodgers has tied his career-high for touchdown passes in a season (30). There are 6.5 games remaining in the season.
For those asking, the answer is no. Nose tackle B.J. Raji did not attempt the Lambeau Leap after scoring on a 1-yard run out of the Packers' goal-line formation in the first quarter. Insert your own witty one-liner here.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' failed onside kick midway through the second quarter is the turning point thus far. After pulling to 14-10, Bucs coach Raheem Morris tried to steal another possession. The Bucs recovered, but after a challenge from Packers coach Mike McCarthy, officials ruled that Bucs kickoff man Michael Koenen touched the ball first before it traveled the requisite 10 yards.
I counted five missed or available tackles on LeGarrette Blount's 54-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Included in that group was Blount dragging Packers linebacker Erik Walden the final 8 or so yards.