August 27, 2011 in Sports

Packers beat Colts in preseason action

Associated Press
 

Graham Harrell led Green Bay to 11 points in the final 35 seconds, rallying the defending Super Bowl champs to a 24-21 victory over host Indianapolis on Friday night.

Harrell threw an 11-yard TD pass to Ryan Taylor with 35 seconds left, then hooked up with Taylor again on the two-point conversion to make it 21-21. After the Packers recovered an onside kick, Harrell set up Mason Crosby for a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

Colts backup Curtis Painter also played well in the absence of injured Peyton Manning, going 11 of 21 for 171 yards.

Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers was in midseason form, going 19 of 23 for 204 yards with one TD to give Green Bay a 10-0 second-quarter lead.

The Packers improved to 2-1. The Colts (0-3) have lost nine straight exhibition games.

Rams 14, Chiefs 10

At Kansas City, Mo., Sam Bradford led St. Louis to a pair of touchdowns, and the Rams’ defense made life miserable for Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel.

Bradford was 8 of 8 for 76 yards on his first two series, with scoring passes of 6 yards to Mike Sims-Walker and 11 yards to rookie tight end Lance Kendricks. Bradford finished with 95 yards passing in his most significant dress rehearsal before the Rams’ opener against Philadelphia.

When the reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year wasn’t slicing up the Chiefs’ struggling defense, Steven Jackson was pounding it into submission. The bruising running back carried 15 times for 72 yards.

Cassel was 6 of 13 for 59 yards and was sacked for an 11-yard loss, while Kansas City’s top-ranked rushing attack produced just 14 yards on six first-half attempts.

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