The Green Bay Packers snapped their two-game losing skid Sunday with a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field.
The win pushes the Packers to 6-6 on the season and keeps their playoff hopes alive for the time being.
Green Bay led 17-10 at the half, but gave up 10 straight points in the second half before rallying to tie the game on a 22-yard field goal by kicker Mason Crosby with 2:01 remaining in regulation. The Packers then forced Tampa Bay to punt before going three-and-out at the end of regulation.
The Packers won the coin toss to start overtime and received the ball. They proceeded to go on a 72-yard touchdown drive, culminating on a 20-yard touchdown run from running back Aaron Jones on his only carry of the day.
Quarterback Brett Hundley threw for only 84 yards on the day, the fewest in a Packers win since the 1994 season. Green Bay did rush for 199 yards on 29 carries. Hundley had 66 yards on the ground, Jones had 20, and rookie Jamaal Williams had 113 yards.
Green Bay’s defense was able to reach Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston seven times on the day, one sack shy of the team record for a single game.
The Packers return to action next weekend in Cleveland against the Browns.
The Green Bay Packers will almost surely be without both of their top running backs on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Rookie Aaron Jones is expected to miss 3 to 6 weeks with a knee injury, and on Friday, coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that he thought Ty Montgomery would miss the game with a rib injury.
“I think Ty will be out this week,” McCarthy said before adding he doesn’t believe it’ll keep the running back out long-term.
Montgomery first injured his ribs against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 28, but after missing one game, returned and played in the last four games before re-injuring himself last week.
With Jones and Montgomery sidelined, it will mean more work for rookie Jamaal Williams. He came on in relief last week against the Bears, carrying the ball 20 times for 67 yards. It could also lead to the debut of Devante Mays, a rookie seventh-round pick from Utah State this past April. He has yet to carry the ball in his short career.
A full injury report will be released Friday afternoon.
The Green Bay Packers found themselves in a familiar position in Dallas Sunday afternoon. They were locked in a tight battle with the Cowboys, just as they were last January in an NFC divisional round playoff matchup.
Both times, the Packers are glad they have Aaron Rodgers directing the offense. In January, Rodgers set the team on a drive to set up Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal. On Sunday, he directed a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped off with a 12-touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds remaining. This drive by Rodgers and the Packers came immediately after Dallas quarterback Das Prescott rushed for a touchdown from 11 yards out to give Dallas a 31-28 lead with 1:13 left to play.
That proved to be too much time for Rodgers and the Packers.
“I just don’t know what else to say about him.” Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy said following the game. “I need to expand my vocabulary. Just a great job by Aaron.”
Green Bay improves to 4-1 with the win, they’re in first place in the NFC North. Dallas drops to 2-3 on the year.
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Running back Ty Montgomery did not play after suffering a rib injury against Chicago in week four. Rookie Aaron Jones started in his place Sunday, he carried the ball 19 times for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Adams, who finished with seven grabs for 66 yards and two touchdowns was cleared from concussion protocol Saturday and was able to play. He suffered his concussion in week four against the Bears. Adams had to be taken off the field on a stretcher in what proved to be a scary sight.
Green Bay returns to NFC North play next week traveling to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Kick off is set for next Sunday at 12p.