Tuesday 19 December 2017 / 03:39 AM

PACKERS SURVIVE AS RISING JAGS FALL SHORT

The Jacksonville Jaguars tried every trick in the book to upend perennial NFC power the Green Bay Packers in their first game of the new season on Sunday. But it was Aaron Rodgers and company who escaped Florida with the 27-23 win, and one that Aaron Rodgers wasn’t too pleased with.

“I don’t think we played very well offensively,” Rodgers said.

“But we won. It’s tough to win in this league. It’s tough to win on the road.”

Jordy Nelson looked great in his return, and Rodgers accounted for three touchdowns. But the Jaguars stole some of the spotlight as a team that looked oh-so-close to reaching the next level. Blake Bortles was great, throwing for 320 yards on 24 of 39 passing, including an incredible play to Allen Robinson.

But it was a late drive from Bortles that showed his progress as a starting quarterback, as he engineered a push down the field that put fear directly into the heart of the Packers – until a bubble screen on fourth and one ended their chances.

The Packers survived, but the Jaguars finally showed fight.

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