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Opening, time-consuming drive got Packers started right

12-play, 75-yard possession took almost eight minutes

RB Aaron Jones
RB Aaron Jones

GREEN BAY – The Packers took the ball to start the game and made it count.

Winning the coin toss and getting right to work, the Packers put together the Chevy Drive of the Week out of the gate in their 48-32 wild-card playoff victory at Dallas.

They went 75 yards in 12 plays for an opening touchdown, taking 7:52 off the clock and – get this – not even facing a third down until the scoring play.

It started rather inauspiciously, with RB Aaron Jones getting stuffed for no gain on the first play and QB Jordan Love taking a 2-yard sack on the second.

But an illegal contact penalty on the Cowboys wiped out the sack, gave the Packers a fresh set of downs, and they got moving.

Passes of 22 yards to WR Romeo Doubs and seven yards to WR Bo Melton put the ball in Dallas territory. Then Jones ripped off three straight runs covering 22 yards to get into the red zone before Love found TE Luke Musgravee for eight yards and a first down at the Dallas 11-yard line.

From there, a 5-yard pass to TE Tucker Kraft set up third-and-5 from the 6. An offside call on Dallas moved the ball half the distance to the goal, and Jones finished it off on third-and-2 by finding paydirt.

The Packers were up 7-0, just 7:08 remained in the first quarter, and they were on their way to scoring six TDs the first seven times they touched the ball.