GREEN BAY – Strong opening drives haven’t always led to big days for the Packers in 2018, but this one did.
With interim head coach Joe Philbin calling the plays for the first time, the Packers started things right on their way to a 34-20 victory over the Falcons on Sunday.
The nine-play, 75-yard scoring march is the Chevy Drive of the Week.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers started it by hitting rookie WR Equanimeous St. Brown on back-to-back passes for a total of 12 yards. An 8-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb followed, and then a 21-yard connection with WR Davante Adams on third-and-2 – which began a productive day on third down (7-of-13) for the Packers for the first time in a while.
From the Atlanta 34-yard line, RB Jamaal Williams then broke off a 9-yard run, and Rodgers followed with a quick outside flip to rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who used a nice block by Cobb to turn the corner for 14 yards.
A defensive pass interference penalty made it first-and-goal from the 7, and Rodgers wasted no time finding Adams near the front pylon for the touchdown, which answered Atlanta’s opening score and tied the game at 7.
On the drive, Rodgers was 6-of-7 for 62 yards, completing passes to four different receivers and finding an early rhythm. He would go on later in the game to break Tom Brady’s record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception, which now stands at 368.