It was a first quarter to forget for Derek Carr and the Raiders offense. It saw Carr throw for two interceptions, with one returned to the 1-yard-line and the other returned for a touchdown. The result was a 14-0 Packers lead despite Green Bay picking up just 23 yards.
Both interceptions were on ugly passes from Carr. Micah Hyde picked the first and returned it to the one. Packers fullback John Kuhn punched it in for the touchdown four plays later. It was rookie Damarious Randall who took a pass that sailed high over Seth Roberts head and returned it for the defensive touchdown.
With the start of the second quarter, things picked up for the Raiders. While the defense held the Packers offense scoreless in the quarter, the Raiders offense drove for three scores on two field goals and a touchdown to pull within one point at the half.
The touchdown pass in the second quarter went to Amari Cooper who got behind the defense in the end zone for the score from 26 yards out.
Also getting going in that second quarter was the running game, with the Raiders second drive for a field goal featuring three nice runs from Latavius Murray for 10, 22, and 5 yards to give him 64 yards on 15 carries (4.3 yards per carry).
With the second half start, the Packers got back on track with a drive to the Raiders 6-yard-line thanks in large part to a 29-yard pass interference penalty on TJ Carrie.
With the field goal, the Packers extended the lead to 17-13, but the Raiders answered right back with a touchdown drive. Again, the touchdown pass went to Amari Cooper. It started with a big 41-yard connection to Cooper up the right sideline and finished with a 26-yard touchdown reception to give the Raiders their first lead of the day at 20-17.
Suddenly it was a back and forth game as the Packers drove right down the field in :62 seconds to re-take the lead at 24-20. The quickness of the drive was thanks in part to a 47-yard return to start the Packers with great field position near midfield. And on the second play of the drive, Raiders cornerback David Amerson thought he had help over the top and allowed James Jones to go wide open up the right sideline for the score and a 24-10 Packers lead heading into the 4th quarter.
At the end of the third quarter the Packers started a drive that lasted well into the fourth. It went 92 yards in 19 plays and took 8:11 off the clock. The Packers converted three third downs on the drive. They drove all the way to the one-yard-line after a DJ Hayden pass interference call at the goal line. But the Raiders defense put up a goal line stand and the Packers would settle for a field goal to take a 27-20 lead.
Taking over with just under ten minutes left in the game, and they could do nothing with it. Carr was sacked on third and 8 and the Marquette King punt had no lift and was returned to the Oakland 36-yard-line for a net 22 yards on the punt.
In one play, the Packers were in first and goal on a 25-yard run by James Starks. What briefly looked like it could be a touchdown pass to James Jones saw a late flag for offensive pass interference (no reason it should have been late). The penalty moved the Packers back to the 15-yard-line and they would end up settling for a field goal. Even still, the field goal made it a two-score game at 30-20 with 4:25 left in the game.
Again, the Raiders offense could do nothing with it. Carr was sacked on third down to bring up 4th and 14 from the Oakland 16-yard-line. Carr rolled right and threw incomplete intended for Michael Crabtree for a turnover on downs.
A David Amerson interception of Rodgers at the goal line would give the Raiders the ball back, but with the Raiders drive starting at the one-yard-line with 2:36 left in the game, down two scores, it was all academic.
The Raiders drop to 6-8 on the season. The loss coupled with the Jets win on Saturday night and the Chiefs win Sunday, the Raiders are officially out of playoff contention. Meanwhile the Packers had their ticket to the playoffs punched early in the game when the Giants lost to the Panthers.