GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Chad Pennington and the New York Jets disassembled the Green Bay Packers’ defense and stoked their hopes of an improbable playoff run.

Pennington, who snapped out of a midseason streak of shaky performances in a victory over Houston last week, put together three touchdown drives of 70 yards or more in the second quarter and the Jets cruised to a 38-10 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

New York (7-5) built a 31-0 halftime lead as snow flurries floated to the ground and boos showered down from the grandstands. The Jets used frequent wide-receiver motion and occasional no-huddle offense to confuse a Green Bay defense that has been prone to miscommunication and susceptible to big plays all season.

Pennington, who was 25-of-35 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, connected with eight receivers.

The Packers (4-8) barely managed to avoid being shut out at home for the third time this season.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy called for a field goal with his team down 31-0 midway through the third quarter, and Dave Rayner hit a 34-yarder – a move that elicited the Midwestern version of a Bronx cheer from Packers fans.

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