Green Bay jumps out to early lead (Ravens stopped on goal line)

The Ravens have to feel good about the fact that they trailed just 3-0 after the first drive of the game.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy ran for 47 yards on the first two snaps of the contest - a 10-yard dash followed by a 37-yard pickup. But the Packers stalled at the Baltimore 27 thanks to a dropped pass and a breakup by Josh Bynes, and thus had to settle for a 45-yard field goal from Mason Crosby a little less than two minutes into the game.

The Ravens offense had no answer on its first possession, going three and out capped by two plays for loss - a completion to Ray Rice for minus-2 yards and a sack by A.J. Hawk for a 10-yard loss.

Update: The Ravens just announced that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has left the game with an elbow strain, but his return is probable.

Ngata missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with various bumps and bruises, but was able to make it onto the field today after getting some needed rest.

Update II: Ngata missed just one series and is already back in the game.

Update III: Since the Packers’ first possession, the Ravens defense has done its job. Green Bay converted just three first downs on its following five drives while Baltimore put tons of pressure on Aaron Rodgers, sacking him three times and forcing him to fumble twice.

Elvis Dumervil recorded two of those sacks and forced both fumbles.

The biggest play for the Ravens came on special teams, where the Packers blocked a Sam Koch punt, but then touched the ball beyond the line of scrimmage, fumbling it and allowing James Ihedigbo to recover at Baltimore’s 41.

With a free set of downs, the Ravens drove all the way to the Packers 1, covering most of that ground on a 45-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Dallas Clark, who gained the majority of those yards after the catch. The veteran tight end still has some wheels.

A defensive holding penalty on Green Bay advanced the Ravens to first-and-goal from the Packers 4. Rice picked up three yards on two runs the next two plays, but Baltimore was stopped for no gain on back-to-back rushes from the Green Bay 1, turning the ball over on downs.

Recording no points during that series could come back to bite the Ravens, especially in a game this tight. Baltimore forced the Packers to punt from their own 1. However, the Ravens managed to go three and out after starting at their 42. Still a 3-0 Packers lead as we approach halftime.