Packers had just 17 seconds to spare

Posted Sep 25, 2017

QB Aaron Rodgers goes 9-of-11 passing on game-tying TD drive

GREEN BAY – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers needed 75 yards and had three minutes, 46 seconds to get them.

He used all but 17 ticks on the clock.

The 12-play touchdown march to tie Sunday’s game with Cincinnati and send it to overtime was vintage Rodgers and is the Chevy Drive of the Week.

Rodgers was 9-of-11 passing for 65 yards on the drive, which started with the Packers trailing, 24-17. He moved the chains twice with passes of 17 and 11 yards to second-year WR Geronimo Allison. He found WR Jordy Nelson for 10 yards and another first down.

A 5-yard pass to RB Ty Montgomery and a 6-yarder to TE Martellus Bennett moved the chains again, and a 9-yard pass to WR Davante Adams got the ball in the red zone. After Montgomery converted on third-and-1 with a 6-yard run, it was first-and-goal on the 7 with less than half a minute to play.

When Cincinnati jumped offside, Rodgers tried to take advantage of the free play but couldn’t find anybody open. After the penalty moved the ball to the 3, Rodgers rolled right and fit in a very tight throw to a diving Nelson near the front pylon that was just barely beyond the fingertip reach of Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick.

The touchdown was the 66th of Nelson’s career, moving him into sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time list, behind only Don Hutson’s 99.

K Mason Crosby’s extra point tied the game, and his field goal in OT won it as the Packers improved to 2-1.

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