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.
Brett Hundley got the first win of his young career Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 23-16 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
After struggling in his first two starts filling in for an injured Aaron Rodgers, Hundley was better, especially in the fourth quarter. He made a Rodgers-like throw to Davante Adams for what proved to be the winning touchdown and then dropped another dime on a third-and-10 pass to Adams that help to extend a time-consuming drive.
Hundley, who injured his hamstring in the game, finished the day 18 of 25 for 212 yards and a touchdown, finishing with a passer rating of 110.8.
Much of his success came when throwing Adams’ way. The wide receiver caught five of the eight passes thrown his way for 90 yards, including the touchdown.
Helping the offense was a running game that was extremely productive even after losing starter Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs). Green Bay ran for 160 yards, tied for the second-most this season. Rookie Jamaal Williams had 67 yards, with Montgomery chipping in 54, Hundley 16 and Jones 12.
Defensively, the Packers got after rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, sacking him five times, including three from outside linebacker Nick Perry. They also limited a Bears rushing attack that was averaging 130 yards coming in to just 55.
The win pushed Green Bay to 5-4 on the year, tied with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North and two games behind division-leading Minnesota. The Packers will host Baltimore next Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers will apparently have a new punter in 2017.
The team announced Thursday morning they had released Jacob Schum after just one season. Green Bay signed Schum last August after releasing long-time punter Tim Masthay and rookie Peter Mortell. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported Schum was waived with an injury designation as he’s been dealing with a back injury.
His departure leaves them with rookie Justin Vogel from Miami (Fla.) as the lone punter on the roster.
Green Bay also announced the signing of fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams. The rookie from BYU was the first of three running backs the team took in April’s NFL draft. He ran for 3,901 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career.
PHILADELPHIA — It took until late in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, but the Green Bay Packers selected their first offensive player, BYU running back Jamaal Williams.
Williams played in 42 career games for the Cougars, finishing his career with a school record in attempts (726), yards (3,901), and games with 100-plus yards (16).
Williams was dismissed from BYU in 2015 for violating the school’s honor code — he was caught with a female student inside his dormitory room.