Packers’ big play jump-started offense

TE Jimmy Graham
TE Jimmy Graham

GREEN BAY – The Packers had gone three-and-out three straight times for minus-12 total yards when their offense came to life in the season opener.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ 47-yard heave to receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling off a double play-action on Green Bay’s first offensive snap of the second quarter changed the entire outlook of the game.

Three plays later, the Packers were in the end zone in their 10-3 victory over the Bears in Chicago, and the game’s lone touchdown march is the Chevy Drive of the Week.

After the big play to Valdes-Scantling, Rodgers completed three consecutive passes on the next three snaps – for nine yards to tight end Marcedes Lewis, for 10 yards to receiver Davante Adams, and then for eight yards to tight end Jimmy Graham in the end zone.

Going with a quick tempo, Rodgers executed the plays in a rapid-fire style to finish the four-play, 74-yard drive in one minute, 52 seconds. Adams made a man miss in the open field to make it first-and-goal, and then the Bears got caught with 12 men on defense as Rodgers took advantage of the free play to throw a jump ball to Graham.

The score erased Chicago’s early 3-0 lead, and the Packers never trailed again.

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