Methodical march drained the clock in Packers’ victory

RB Jamaal Williams
RB Jamaal Williams

GREEN BAY – The Packers trailed by two points and took over on their own 18-yard line with 6:46 on the clock.

It was the last possession of the game, and therefore it’s also the Chevy Drive of the Week.

On the game-winning 14-play, 77-yard march, Green Bay’s longest gain was 15 yards. It was so methodical, the Packers didn’t even face a third down until they were in field-goal range.

Kicker Mason Crosby capped the dramatics with a walk-off 23-yard field goal for a 23-22 win over the Lions, but six other players touched the ball before it ended up on Crosby’s foot.

Running back Aaron Jones started it with a 5-yard run before young receiver Allen Lazard caught a 12-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to move the chains, the first of his three receptions on the drive.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling gained two yards on a short pass, Rodgers scrambled for 12, Lazard picked up three more, and Jimmy Graham made a tough 9-yard grab, taking a big hit and hanging on, for a first down inside the Detroit 40-yard line.

From there it was mostly running back Jamaal Williams, who had three runs for eight yards sandwiched around Lazard’s third catch of the drive, a 15-yarder that got the Packers into field-goal range and forced the Lions to start using their timeouts.

Eventually, the Packers faced third-and-4 from the Detroit 16 with 1:45 on the clock and the Lions out of timeouts. Convert, and the Packers could run it down for a walk-off field goal. Fail, and a good kick by Crosby would leave the Lions and QB Matthew Stafford plenty of time to respond.

Rodgers’ pass was incomplete, but Lions defensive end Trey Flowers was flagged for illegal hands to the face, the second time he’d been called for that in the fourth quarter. The penalty gave the Packers a first down and the opportunity to drain the clock.

The Lions then tried to let Williams score from the 11-yard line, but the Green Bay running back smartly slid down at the 3. Two kneel-downs and a timeout later, and it was Crosby for the win.

Lambeau Field hosted a Monday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions on Oct. 14, 2019.

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