An inspired Indianapolis Colts team, however, refused to let that happen at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Packers bulit a 21-3 lead at halftime, as John Kuhn rushed for a touchdown and Aaron Rodgers found James Jones and Randall Cobb for TD passes. Cedric Benson and Jermichael Finley left the game with injuries, however, and the Packers offense struggled in the second half.
The Colts, playing with heavy hearts after head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with luekemia last week, rallied in the second half. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns, while receiver Reggie Wayne hauled in 13 passes for a career-high 212 yards and a score with 35 seconds remaining which gave the Colts a 30-27 lead.
With 2 timeouts left, the Packers offense took over at their own 20. Thanks to three completions, Green Bay quickly moved into field goal range, spiking the football with 8 seconds remaining and the ball on the Colts' 33 yard line.
Rodgers was forced to call the Packers' final time out, however, when the play clock was about to run out before the team could run a play. Mason Crosby was then sent out to attempt a 51 yard field goal. He missed it badly wide left.
Green Bay will head to Houston next Sunday night for a matchup with the 4-0 Texans. Houston faces the New York Jets Monday night.