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Buccaneers Vs. Packers: Blocked Punt And Fumble Give Packers First Down, B.J. Raji Scores

The Packers opened the scoring on Sunday against the Buccaneers with a B.J. Raji one yard run, but the drive was kept alive on an unintended fake punt and fumble sequence. Packers punter Tom Masthay went back to punt but felt pressure so he pulled the ball down and tried to run off the right side for a first down. Masthay, obviously not accustomed to carrying the ball, fumbled the ball twice as if he had butter lathered all over his fingers. Unfortunately for the Bucs, Masthay gained the first down before fumbling the ball out of bounds and falling on his face. Video of the fluky play which gave the ball back to Aaron Rodgers is below:

The fake punt/fumble continued a 15 play, eight and a half minute drive which opened the scoring in Green Bay. The Packers huge defensive tackle, B.J. Raji, took it into the end zone for the 7-0 lead.

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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.