Packers hold on to beat Chargers, 23-20

Green Bay improves to 4-6 on the season

QB Jordan Love and teammates

GREEN BAY – In a wild game Sunday at Lambeau Field, the Packers hung on in the waning moments for a 23-20 victory.

The Packers, now 4-6, took the lead on a 24-yard TD pass to WR Romeo Doubs with 2:33 left, QB Jordan Love's second TD pass of the game.

Green Bay's defense then needed two stops to win it, getting the first with the help of a third-down sack by LB Rashan Gary. But the Packers went three-and-out on offense, with the Chargers using all three of their timeouts to get one more possession.

QB Justin Herbert's deep shot for WR Quentin Johnston that would've at least put the Chargers in field-goal range was dropped, one of several key drops by LA pass catchers in the game. LA also blew a scoring chance due to a fumble by RB Austin Ekeler inside the 5-yard line earlier in the fourth quarter.

The Packers eventually got the turnover on downs, as DL Kenny Clark batted Herbert's fourth-and-1 pass with 23 seconds left.

Green Bay squandered several scoring chances of its own, but Love finished 27-of-40 for 322 yards with the two TDs and a 108.5 passer rating. It was Love's first career 300-yard passing game and Green Bay's first since Aaron Rodgers vs. the Bears in December of 2021.

Doubs had five catches for 53 yards and a score, while WR Dontayvion Wicks had three catches for 91 yards. WR Christian Watson caught Love's other TD pass, among two catches for 21 yards.

WR Jayden Reed added four catches for 46 yards, and he was Green Bay's leading rusher as well with 46 yards on three attempts. including a 32-yard rushing TD on an end-around. RB AJ Dilon had 14 carries for 29 yards as the backfield lost both Aaron Jones and Emanuel Wilson to injuries in the second half.

For the Chargers, who are now 4-6 as well, Herbert was 21-of-36 for 260 yards with two TDs and a 99.3 rating. Herbert also was the game's leading rusher with eight scrambles for 73 yards. Ekeler had 10 carries for 64 yards.

WR Keenan Allen, who had two costly drops, made 10 catches for 116 yards and a TD, with TE Donald Parham adding four catches for 57 yards.

Here's a recap of all the action:


Chargers lead Packers 3-0 after first quarter

The Chargers won the opening coin toss and deferred. The Packers opened at their own 5 after holding and unsportsmanlike penalties on Dallin Leavitt during the kickoff.

Green Bay quickly moved down the field, though, with back-to-back completions from Jordan Love to Romeo Doubs for 23 combined yards. The Packers then converted a second-and-2 with an 11-yard middle screen to tight end Luke Musgrave.

AJ Dillon moved Green Bay across midfield with a 9-yard gain off a second-and-10 checkdown, but the Packers would turn the ball over on downs after Musgrave came up short of a first down on a fourth-and-1 pass to the flat.

Green Bay's defense gave the offense the ball right back after forcing a fourth-and-out of the Chargers after tight end Donald Parham dropped Justin Herbert's fourth-and-4 pass.

Yosh Nijman rotated in at left tackle during the second series, beginning a rotation with Rasheed Walker. Sean Rhyan also saw snaps at right guard during the opening quarter. The Packers went three-and-out on their second possession with Ja'Sir Taylor breaking up for Jayden Reed on third-and-6.

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa was carted to the locker room with a foot injury and was declared questionable to return.

LA started at its own 14-yard line, converting a third-and-4 with a 10-yard pass to Parham and then breaking into Packers' territory with an Austin Ekeler 37-yard run on third-and-1 from the Packers' 49.

The Chargers took a 3-0 lead over the Packers on Cameron Dicker's 25-yard field goal with 1 minute, 22 seconds left in the first quarter. Keisean Nixon returned the ensuing kickoff 31 yards to the Green Bay 30 but came up limping after the play.

The first quarter ended with the Packers moving into Chargers' territory after a 15-yard Jayden Reed run and a 20-yard pass to Dillon.


Packers and Chargers tied at 10 at halftime

The Packers scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 32-yard Reed run off a reversal to pull ahead 7-3 with 14:53 left in the first half.

Karl Brooks sacked Herbert on first down for a 6-yard loss. It was the rookie sixth-round pick's third sack of the season. The Chargers overcame the setback with an 11-yard Herbert scramble and a 12-yard pass to Alex Erickson off a slant.

On third-and-3 at the Chargers' 49, Herbert connected with tight end Stone Smartt on a corner route that busted into a 51-yard touchdown to put LA back ahead 10-7 with 12:16 left in the half.

The Packers answered right back with Love avoiding the rush and finding an open Dontayvion Wicks for a 21-yard completion on second-and-15. Aaron Jones picked up nine yards up the middle and drew a facemask penalty to push the ball to the Chargers' 35.

The Packers moved the chains with two Emanuel Wilson runs for nine yards and a Dillon dive up the middle for three to the LA 23. The Packers lost 11 yards off a false start and dropped snap, leading to Anders Carlson missing a 52-yard attempt.

The defense forced a quick three-and-out, with De'Vondre Campbell and Quay Walker combining for a 2-yard tackle for loss of Ekeler and then Valentine breaking up a third-and-5 pass intended for Quentin Johnston on an out.

The Packers took over at their own 19. Malik Heath caught a 7-yard pass to start the drive, his first NFL reception. Reed converted a third-and-12 with a 17-yard pass across the middle.

Aaron Jones was slow to get up after a 2-yard run up the middle. He was embraced by several teammates coming off the field and then carted to the locker room to be further evaluated for a knee injury. He was declared questionable to return.

The Packers moved back into Chargers' territory with a 7-yard pass to Reed and then a 2-yard run by Dillon to the LA 43 on third-and-1 at the two-minute warning.

Reed caught a 19-yard pass from Love to convert on second-and-10 from the LA 43. Third-string running back Emanuel Wilson was then injured on a 9-yard catch and carted to the locker room with a shoulder injury. He is also questionable to return.

Carlson made a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 10 with seven seconds left in the half. The 16-play, 71-yard series was Green Bay's longest scoring drive of the season.


Packers lead Chargers 16-13 after three

The second half began with the Packers ruling out Jones (knee) and Wilson (shoulder), leaving AJ Dillon as the only active running back. The Chargers' Bosa (foot) also was downgraded to out.

The Chargers mounted a 10-play, 71-yard drive that culminated in a 26-yard Dicker field goal to retake the lead, 13-10, with 10:44 left in the third quarter.

The Packers converted a third-and-10 with a 10-yard pass to Musgrave on an out. Reed then picked up another first down on a 4-yard out after two Dillon runs for eight yards.

Green Bay worked the ball down to the LA 34 before Dillon was stopped for a 4-yard loss on second-and-2 and Love was dropped for an 11-yard loss on a sack, focusing the punt.

Keisean Nixon tackled Joshua Kelley for a 3-yard loss on second down and then stopped Allen one yard short of the first down to help the Packers' defense force a Chargers three-and-out.

Green Bay opened its next series with a 27-yard pass to Wicks to the Chargers' 43. Tucker Kraft then tiptoed down the sideline for a 27-yard completion, the longest of his young NFL career. 

Two plays later, Love lofted an 11-yard pass to Christian Watson for the touchdown. Green Bay maintained a 16-13 lead after Carlson missed the extra point wide right.


Packers turn back Chargers, 23-20

Herbert and the Chargers came out firing in the fourth quarter, beginning with a 38-yard completion to Allen on a crosser against zone coverage. Donald Parham then caught back-to-back passes for 37 yards, advancing the ball to the Green Bay 2.

On second-and-goal, Ekeler slipped and fumbled. Kenny lark forced the fumble Rashan Gary recovered at the Green Bay 6.

The Packers got one first down on a 5-yard pass to Doubs on a stop route on third-and-4 but were forced to punt from their own 8 after Love was flagged for intentional grounding on third-and-10.

Daniel Whelan's punt traveled 61 yards with Zayne Anderson tripping up Derius Davis at the Chargers' 37 after a 6-yard return.

LA moved across midfield with a 12-yard pass to Parham and then moved to the Green Bay 38 after an 11-yard completion to Allen. An offensive pass interference penalty on Smartt committed against Nixon moved LA back 10 yards but Allen got it right back on a 17-yard completion off a corner route.

Herbert converted the first down with a 9-yard scramble to the Packers' 22. Another Herbert scramble for 11 set up first-and-goal at the Green Bay 11 with six minutes remaining.

The Chargers retook the lead, 20-16, with Herbert's 11-yard tart to Allen for a touchdown on third-and-9.

The Packers faced third-and-20 but converted after Wicks drew defensive pass interference from Asante Samuel Jr. It was a 26-yard penalty. Wicks then broke a tackle on a short completion to gain 35 yards to the LA 25.

Love then guided Doubs for a touchdown in the end zone to put the Packers back up 23-20 with 2:33 left in regulation. That pass moved Love over 300 passing yards for the first time in his career.

The Packers' defense registered a three-and-out with Rashan Gary sacking Herbert for a loss of 10 yards on third down. LA was forced to punt at the two-minute warning.

The Packers ran three times behind Dillon to force the Chargers to use their three timeouts. LA retook possession at its own 20 with 1:30 remaining. Green Bay nearly got another three-and-out but was flagged for DPI on a slant to Allen.

Johnston dropped a deep ball down the sideline to set up fourth-and-6 at the Green Bay 30 with 23 seconds left. Clark batted down Hebert's pass on fourth down for the turnover on downs. Love then kneeled out the victory.


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