Aaron Rodgers got the ball twice in overtime, and history has shown he was useless to his opponent as he led a Green Bay Packers drive to clinch victory over the New England Patriots, 27-24.
The Packers had to stop the Patriots after coming up short in their first overtime drive, and that’s what they did, forcing a punt and giving Rodgers a chance that he only needed a field goal to win it. Mason Crosby was kicking a 31-yard pass after 12 plays down the field.
Rodgers not only scored another Hall of Fame career-winning drive, but also threw his 500th career touchdown in this third Green Bay win of the season.
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His 13-yard goal to Romeo Doubs to tie the game at 24 in the fourth quarter ranked him fifth all-time for touchdown passes in NFL history.
But, as overtime says, this wasn’t an easy game for the Packers even though Mac Jones was out with a high ankle sprain. Veteran backup Brian Hoyer started the game as the Patriots’ starter, but a head injury sidelined him the rest of the way.
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Third-row quarterback Bailey Zappe, a fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky in April, had to pick up the slack for the rest of the game and didn’t flinch.
Zappe put together back-to-back touchdown drives for the Patriots, taking a 24-17 second-half lead. Rodgers’ pass to Doubs had it tied.
However, Doubs had a chance to win the game for the Packers when Rodgers perfectly placed a ball deep down the right sideline into his arms with less than two minutes left. While he had it wrapped, the receiver didn’t come down cleanly with the ball, forcing an incomplete pass.
Rodgers finished the game with 251 passing yards on 21-for-35 with two touchdowns and an interception that went for six points just before the end of the first half. Jack Jones jumped a route and intercepted it to give the Patriots the lead after two quarters.
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Aaron Jones also set the tone on the ground with teammate AJ Dillon as he rushed for 110 yards on 16 carries, while Dillon had 17 carries for 73 yards.
Allen Lazard had 116 yards on six catches to lead the Packers in the receiving department. Packers tight end Robert Tonyan found the end zone for the first time this season for his first touchdown of the game.
Zappe would finish with 99 yards on 10-for-15 passing. Damien Harris rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots in rushing.
The Packers will travel abroad to take on the New York Giants in London next week for the opening game of the week.
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New England, now 1-3 on the season, will face the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium next Sunday.