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Lan­dover, Md. — A week re­moved from what he called “an em­bar­rass­ment,” Adrian Peter­son turned in his first 100yard game in more than 10 months.

Peter­son ran for 120 yards and a pair of 2-yard scores, Alex Smith threw two touch­down passes and the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins held on Sun­day for a 31-17 vic­tory over a gimpy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Pack­ers, who again had com­plaints about a rough­ing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews.

On a rainy af­ter­noon, the Red­skins (2-1) went up 14-0 and were ahead 28-10 at half­time, thanks to putting to­gether TD drives of 74, 75, 79 and 98 yards.

Smith con­nected for TDs of 46 yards to Paul Richard­son on the game’s fourth play and of 9 to Jami­son Crow­der in the sec­ond quar­ter, and Peter­son’s two short trips to the end zone also both came in the first half.

“We just came out and laid an egg in the first half. … Missed tack­les. Missed as­sign­ments,” said Matthews, who was whis­tled for the way he sacked Smith late in the third quar­ter, then complained about the way NFL games are of­fi­ci­ated nowa­days.

Smith went 12 for 20 for 220 yards. He also had his streak of 156 con­sec­u­tive passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion, the long­est ac­tive run in the league, end in the sec­ond quar­ter. Safety Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix made the pick when Reed went one way and Smith threw an­other.

Play­ing with a bulky brace on his left knee, which he hurt in Week 1, Rodgers hob­bled and limped around, and couldn’t do enough to get the Pack­ers (1-1-1) back into the game.

He fin­ished 27 for 44 for 265 yards with two TDs – of 64 yards to Geron­imo Al­li­son and 2 yards to Da­vante Adams – and was sacked four times.

“I got a lit­tle banged up, but fin­ished the game and I ex­pect to start next week,” Rodgers said. “It can be painful at times mov­ing around, es­pe­cially lat­eral move­ment. But I’m go­ing to be out there if I’m up to it and try and get this thing back turned the right di­rec­tion with a win next week.”

Green Bay’s re­ceivers had prob­lems with drops, plus Ran­dall Cobb was stripped of the ball by Fabian Moreau – Josh Nor­man re­cov­ered the fum­ble – after a com­ple­tion with about 5½ min­utes re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

“I didn’t give us an op­por­tu­nity to win. Third-down drop on the first drive. Fourth-down drop. Fum­ble,” Cobb said. “I played ter­ri­ble.”

Right after that, Peter­son helped seal the out­come, with three runs in a row for a to­tal of 26 yards – a greater out­put than he man­aged in the en­tire game against the Colts.

“In the fourth quar­ter there, when we needed it the most,” coach Jay Gru­den said, “Adrian was able to make a big im­pact.”

100 Club: After gain­ing only 20 yards on 11 car­ries dur­ing a 21-9 loss to the In­di­anapo­lis Colts in Week 2, Peter­son ran 19 times Sun­day and raised his ca­reer to­tal to 102 rush­ing touch­downs.

That broke a tie at 100 with Mar­shall Faulk and Shaun Alexan­der and moved him alone into sev­enth place in NFL his­tory be­hind Em­mitt Smith’s record of 164. Next up at No. 6 is for­mer Red­skins star John Rig­gins, at 104.

“It felt good to get into ‘The 100 Club.’ I have a lit­tle time off now. Maybe I can look and see who I’m ap­proach­ing,” said the 33-year-old Peter­son, re­fer­ring to Wash­ing­ton’s Week 4 bye. “Rig­gins, he’s a guy that I do re­mem­ber see­ing up there on the list and think­ing, ‘God will­ing, I’ll be able to pass him even­tu­ally.’”

This was Peter­son’s 52nd game with at least 100 yards on the ground, and first since Nov. 5, 2017, for Ari­zona.

Peter­son left the game late after get­ting kicked in the an­kle, but Gru­den dis­missed that as noth­ing to worry about. Be­fore that, Peter­son had a 41-yard run, part of a group of big plays al­lowed by the Pack­ers that in­cluded Smith’s TD toss to Richard­son, a 50-yard com­ple­tion to Ver­non Davis and a 34-yard com­ple­tion to Jor­dan Reed.

In­juries: Pack­ers: DL Muham­mad Wilk­er­son was carted off in the sec­ond quar­ter with an an­kle in­jury. … RT Bryan Bu­laga (back) and RG Justin McCray (shoul­der) went out. … LB Nick Perry was eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion. Red­skins: RT Mor­gan Moses ex­ited in the first quar­ter with a con­cus­sion. He was re­placed by Ty Nsekhe. … Gru­den said Nor­man had “a lit­tle bit of a ham­string is­sue.”

Go, Pack, go!: There were sev­eral times when loud cheers of “Go, Pack, go!” rang out in the Red­skins’ sta­dium, a week after there were boos and Wash­ing­ton’s home sell­out streak ended. “It’s crazy. They brought their fans to the ho­tel we’re stay­ing in,” Nor­man said. “Then you saw them in the stands.”


Adrian Peter­son (26) rushes for one of his two touch­downs Sun­day against the Pack­ers.

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