Key drive went backwards, then charged ahead

RB Aaron Jones
RB Aaron Jones

GREEN BAY – It looked like a disaster at first but then quickly turned promising.

The Packers’ drive to start the second half on Sunday was officially a five-play, 75-yard touchdown march. But due to a sack and a penalty to begin the possession, it actually covered 91 yards in just four plays.

As such, it’s the Chevy Drive of the Week from Green Bay’s 24-16 victory over Carolina.

With the Packers leading 14-10 to begin the third quarter, and having failed to extend the lead at the end of the first half by getting stuffed at the goal line, their first drive coming out of the locker room got off to a shaky start.

QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked for a 7-yard loss, and then LT David Bakhtiari was flagged for illegal hands to the face, backing the offense up another nine yards to make it second-and-26 from the Green Bay 9-yard line.

Then suddenly everything kicked into gear.

Rodgers found WR Davante Adams open deep along the left sideline for 38 yards, and on the next snap, RB Aaron Jones burst up the middle for 28 yards. After a quick 12-yard throw to WR Jake Kumerow  got the ball in the red zone, Jones finished off the onslaught with a 13-yard touchdown.

The Packers stretched their lead to 21-10 and helped atone for the missed opportunity at the end of the first half.

Lambeau Field hosted a Week 10 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers.