Much-needed fourth-quarter drive produced key field goal for Packers

RB Aaron Jones
RB Aaron Jones

GREEN BAY – It only produced a field goal, but it was a drive the Packers needed and it came at the right time.

Sunday's 20-15 victory over Washington hung in the balance when the Packers took over on their own 11-yard line, leading 17-9, with 9:58 left in the fourth quarter.

It looked rather precarious when QB Aaron Rodgers  was sacked for a 6-yard loss on the first play, backing the offense up to the 5-yard line.

But from there, the Packers went on to produce a field goal, and the 14-play, 74-yard march that consumed seven minutes, 24 seconds of the fourth quarter is the Chevy Drive of the Week.

The Packers actually ended up covering 80 yards on the possession after the sack, and the key play to get them going came two snaps later. Facing third-and-14 from the 7, Rodgers dropped back and fired down the sideline to RB Aaron Jones, fitting the ball in nicely between the cornerback and safety. Jones made the catch for a 25-yard gain while tumbling onto his back.

Jones converted another third down with a 5-yard run out of a shotgun formation on third-and-3. Two snaps later, Rodgers found WR Geronimo Allison along the sideline. Allison thought he shook a tackler, got up running, and then had the ball punched out from behind by Washington CB Fabian Moreau, with the defense recovering.

Fortunately for the Packers, replay showed Allison was down by contact on his initial juke move, limiting the reception to 11 yards and a first down at the Washington 41-yard line. The Packers kept the ball.

Then it was back to Jones, who ripped off runs of 12 and five yards before fellow RB Jamaal Williams ran twice for four yards, leaving the Packers with fourth-and-1 from the Washington 15 as the visitors burned their last timeout.

K Mason Crosby came on to drill the 33-yard field goal, putting the Packers back ahead by two scores at 20-9 with just 2:34 left.

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