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Rodgers, Graham hook up for TD pass in Packers' win

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    Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers throws during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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    Green Bay Packers' Jimmy Graham celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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    Pittsburgh Steelers' James Washington catches a touchdown pass over Green Bay Packers' Demetri Goodson during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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    Green Bay Packers' Brett Hundley celebrates his touchdown run with Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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    Pittsburgh Steelers' Cameron Sutton breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers' Equanimeous St. Brown during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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    Green Bay Packers' Josh Jackson intercepts a pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers' Damoun Patterson and returns it for a touchdown during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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    Green Bay Packers' Reggie Gilbert sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers needed just one drive to look at home in his first action at Lambeau Field in almost a year.

Rodgers connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score , and Tramon Williams had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage of the Green Bay Packers’ 51-34 win Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Five minutes after throwing the pick, Mason Rudolph found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Rudolph, who is competing with Joshua Dobbs for a backup job, was just 5 of 12 for 47 yards in playing the first half.

Dobbs didn’t look much better after throwing a 22-yard interception returned for a touchdown by rookie cornerback Josh Jackson in the third quarter. But Dobbs finished strong and connected with rookie receiver James Washington for two second-half touchdowns .

Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watched from the sideline in shorts and a T-shirt. He and second-stringer Landry Jones had already been ruled out for the game when Roethlisberger left a training camp practice on Tuesday with a possible concussion.

Big Ben looked just fine while chatting with Rodgers as they walked to their respective locker rooms at halftime.

Rodgers was done for the night after one series, but he was much more productive.

Green Bay is always a threat in the NFC as long as Rodgers is healthy. This year, he has an intriguing option in the red zone in the 6-foot-7 Graham, who signed as a free agent in the offseason.

Rodgers drew the Steelers offside on third-and-10 from the 13 for a 5-yard penalty.

On the next play, he stood tall in the face of a rush before throwing a high pass into the middle of the end zone for Graham. He spiked the ball before heading into the stands for his first Lambeau Leap.

Second-string quarterback Brett Hundley was 6 of 9 for 77 yards. He also scored on a 10-yard run . Third-stringer DeShone Kizer connected with receiver Jake Kumerow for an 82-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.


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