Lastly, after a number of tries in latest weeks, the Inexperienced Bay Packers managed to complete out an in depth recreation with a victory. Going through the Los Angeles Chargers at dwelling, the Packers fought again with a fourth-quarter comeback and obtained a go-ahead landing. However they wanted a pair of defensive stops inside the ultimate three minutes of the sport to protect a victory, and the protection delivered.
Kenny Clark broke up Justin Herbert’s go try on 4th-and-1 with lower than 40 seconds left, clinching a 23-20 win for the Packers. In the meantime, the Packers’ passing recreation managed to construct on final week’s season-high yardage whole, and the group scored greater than 20 factors for the primary time since week two. Jordan Love’s highest profession passing yardage whole gave him greater than 300 yards for the primary time. and he completed with a passer ranking over 100 for the fourth time this season.
Nonetheless, the sport was not with out its nerve-wracking factors. For the second straight recreation, a failed further level price the Packers an opportunity to tie an in depth recreation with a area purpose late, conserving them down by 4 factors and requiring them to go for a landing. Not like final week in Pittsburgh, they discovered the tip zone this time, taking the lead on a late scoring go from Jordan Like to Romeo Doubs. Nonetheless, the Packers’ protection wanted to pressure two late stops to protect the late lead that Love and the offense offered them.
Inexperienced Bay additionally obtained a profession day from Dontayvion Wicks, whose 91 receiving yards have been the second-highest whole by a single Packers receiver in a single recreation this season (behind Romeo Doubs’ 95 yards in week 4). In the meantime, Jayden Reed was an element each on the bottom (3 carries, 46 yards and a TD) and as a receiver (4 catches, 46 yards). A key sack by Rashan Gary late within the recreation additionally helped be certain that the Packers might run off some clock and Chargers’ timeouts earlier than Clark’s tipped go completed off the win.
The Packers and Chargers traded turnovers on downs on both aspect of midfield on the primary two drives. Inexperienced Bay began the sport at their very own 8-yard line after two penalties on Dallin Leavitt in the course of the opening kickoff, then reached midfield behind the passing recreation. However on 4th and 1, they tried a fast go to Luke Musgrave within the flat and he was tackled for a loss. The Chargers then failed on 4th down as effectively, as tight finish Donald Parham dropped a wide-open go over the center.
Inexperienced Bay went three-and-out on the following collection earlier than the Chargers obtained on the board. A 37-yard run by Austin Ekeler was the massive play, taking Los Angeles contained in the 15, however Keenan Allen dropped a go on third down, resulting in a brief Cameron Dicker area purpose to open up the scoring.
After one other strong kickoff return from Keisean Nixon took the soccer out to the 30 yard line, the Packers made it throughout the 50 on the finish of the primary quarter with a 20-yard catch-and-run from AJ Dillon. On the primary play of the second quarter, Jayden Reed took an end-around up the fitting sideline, obtained blocks from Malik Heath and Luke Musgrave, and coasted into the tip zone for a 32-yard landing. Anders Carlson added a PAT for a 7-3 Packers lead, however the landing is price reliving:
Wisconsin native Alex Erickson moved the chains for the Chargers on the following drive earlier than Jonathan Owens whiffed a sort out and gifted Los Angeles a landing. Justin Herbert hit tight finish Stone Smartt, who shook off Owens and ran in for a 51-yard rating to take the lead again for the Chargers.
It took solely three performs for the Packers’ offense to reply and attain area purpose vary, even after a sack on first down. On 2nd and lengthy, Love scrambled and hit Dontayvion Wicks for 29 yards, then a 9-yard Aaron Jones run to midfield obtained an additional 15 yards on a facemask penalty, setting the Packers up on the Chargers’ 35. The Packers ultimately reached the 23-yard line after a couple of runs, however a sack and a bobbled snap by Love pushed them again to the 34. A nasty snap on a 52-yard area purpose try appeared to have an effect on Carlson’s timing, and he pushed his try huge proper.
Following a 3-and-out by the Chargers, Love continued his strong begin. After a false begin on Christian Watson arrange a Third-and-12, Love hit Reed for a achieve of 17 yards to maneuver the chains. A display to Reed simply contained in the two-minute warning picked up one other 19 yards, thanks largely to a very good block from Watson, because the Packers tried to run down the clock earlier than halftime. Emanuel Wilson obtained into the act on the drive, choosing up 12 yards on three carries and including a 9-yard reception for a primary down on the 12-yard line. Inexperienced Bay ultimately settled for a area purpose, tying the sport at 10 simply earlier than the tip of the half.
Sadly, the drive noticed the Packers lose a essential piece of their offense, as Aaron Jones went down awkwardly. He appeared to have his left knee twisted and left the sector in tears, then headed to the locker room on a cart. Wilson was injured a couple of performs later as effectively, showing to give you a shoulder problem, and he was dominated out as effectively, leaving the Packers with simply AJ Dillon wholesome on the working again place for the second half.
The Chargers began the third quarter with the soccer, and so they drove down the sector, with a 28-yard scramble from Herbert as the largest play. Allen dropped his second go of the day and second contained in the 5, this one hitting proper between the numbers on the purpose line. That compelled Los Angeles to accept one other area purpose to take the lead again at 13-10.
With no Jones or Wilson, Dillon carried the load within the second half, however Jordan Love and the passing recreation led the way in which on the offense’s first drive of the third quarter. Love accomplished passes to Luke Musgrave and Jayden Reed for third-down conversions, however was sacked by Khalil Mack because the Packers have been compelled to punt. Inexperienced Bay’s protection compelled a 3-and-out from the Chargers, and the offense obtained going with one other large play from one other rookie.
Tucker Kraft took a flat route and turned it upfield, breaking a sort out an hurdling a defender for an enormous 27-yard achieve. Two performs later, Love discovered a wide-open Watson ultimately zone, taking the lead again and giving the much-maligned Watson his second landing of the season. Anders Carlson missed the PAT huge proper, nevertheless, conserving the Packers’ margin at simply three factors as a substitute of 4.
The Chargers responded by reaching area purpose vary in a single play, as Keenan Allen obtained huge open and picked up 38 yards. Herbert then discovered Donald Parham for good points of 21 and 14 yards, reaching the two-yard line in simply three performs. However the Packers’ protection got here up with its greatest play of the day on second and purpose; Kenny Clark compelled a fumble out of Austin Ekeler, and Rashan Gary fell on the ball for the sport’s first turnover.
Inexperienced Bay’s offense was not in a position to flip that turnover into factors, nevertheless it helped them flip the sector place again once more, because the Chargers took over at their very own 37 after a punt. Herbert made a collection of performs together with his legs to choose a number of first downs, ultimately discovering the tip zone. He fired a laser to Allen for a ten-yard landing, placing the Chargers again up 20-16.
Needing a landing, Jordan Love and the Packers offense obtained bailed out of a few early errors on the drive. Khalil Mack stripped Love of the soccer on second down, however Zach Tom fell on it. Then on Third-and-20, Dontayvion Wicks drew a go interference penalty on Asante Samuel, Jr. to maintain the drive alive. Wicks then caught a brief go beneath however broke a sort out, sprinting for 36 yards via the center of the protection. Inexperienced Bay then took the lead again, as Love hit Romeo Doubs with a floater for a 24-yard landing.
That go pushed Love over 300 yards passing for the primary time in his NFL profession and in addition gave Inexperienced Bay greater than 20 factors for the primary time since week 2. It left loads of time for the Chargers to return again, however Inexperienced Bay’s protection obtained a pair of fast incompletions after which sacked Herbert on third down simply earlier than the two-minute warning. Deep in their very own territory however with three timeouts left, the Chargers elected to punt and use these timeouts to attempt to get a cease.
They did simply that, stopping AJ Dillon for a complete of simply 5 yards on three carries earlier than Daniel Whelan’s punt. Whelan couldn’t hold the ball out of the tip zone, and the Chargers took over once more on the 20 with 1:27 remaining.
Keisean Nixon dedicated a go interference penalty on an early third down to provide the Chargers a primary down, nevertheless it was only a brief 4-yard penalty and Los Angeles was nonetheless at simply the 26-yard line with 51 seconds to go. Herbert seemed to have an enormous achieve to Quentin Johnston, who ran by Carrington Valentine, however Johnston bobbled and dropped the go, which might have set the Chargers up in area purpose vary — on the very least.
An offside name on Rashan Gary arrange a 4th-and-1 from the 30, however Kenny Clark knocked down Herbert’s go on the line of scrimmage, clinching the victory for the Packers.
Inexperienced Bay improves to 4-6 on the season forward of their Thanksgiving Day assembly with the Detroit Lions in week 12. The Chargers at the moment are 4-6 as effectively and can host the 8-3 Baltimore Ravens subsequent Sunday night time.
This story initially said that Wicks’ 91 receiving yards have been a season-high by a Packers receiver in a single recreation. That assertion has been corrected.