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Packers-Patriots second-half reflections

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Dan Arkush
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Posted Dec. 19, 2010 @ 10:14 p.m. ET
By Dan Arkush

In his first pro start, Packers backup QB Matt Flynn’s inexperience ultimately proved to be his undoing with poor clock management with time running out in New England’s come-from-behind 31-27 victory.

After an interception early in the third quarter by Kyle Arrington was returned for a TD — in no small part due to shoddy tackling by the Packers — Flynn showed commendable poise, leading Green Bay to 10 consecutive points. The first seven of those points came on an almost perfectly balanced scoring drive culminated by John Kuhn’s TD catch.

But the Patriots rallied with 10 straight points of their own, with Aaron Hernandez’s TD catch on an out route with Sam Shields defending proving to be the go-ahead score.

The Packers had more than twice as much possession time as the Patriots, converting 11-of-19 third-down opportunities and outgaining New England 369-249.

Flynn was very impressive until the waning moments of the game, when his inability to get a play off with just over 20 seconds left on the clock and the Packers driving sealed the deal for a very relieved Patriots team.

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