Rockford native and Green Bay Packers rookie Dean Lowry registered his first NFL sack while Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers pulled away from the Houston Texans with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-13 win Sunday to get back to .500. The Packers (6-6) weathered snowy conditions at Lambeau Field, making just enough plays on the cold turf to even their record for the first time since they were 4-4 after losing to Indianapolis on Nov. 6.
Lowry crashed the pocket with less than seven minutes left in the second quarter, and took down Texans starter Brock Osweiler. He added a tackle for loss, pass defended, and QB hit in his best statistical performance since the Packers drafted him out of Northwestern this past April.
Lowry's pass rushing partner Julius Peppers still packed a pass-rushing punch for the Packers. A sack of Osweiler on second-and-1 at the Houston 41 with 56 seconds left in the second quarter gave the 15-year veteran 142 1/2 for his career, snapping a tie for fifth on the career list with Michael Strahan. Chris Doleman is fourth on that list with 150 1/2.
Peppers has sacks in three straight games. The Packers have been trying to limit his snaps this season, at least when their once-deep pool of pass rushers hasn't been depleted by injuries.