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Packers' clock-killing drive to end game sealed playoff berth

12-play, 61-yard possession took final 6:08 off the clock

QB Jordan Love
QB Jordan Love

GREEN BAY – The Packers didn't put the game away on the scoreboard, but they sealed their playoff-clinching win with their offense on the field.

The final possession of Sunday's 17-9 victory over the Bears that consumed the last six minutes, eight seconds on the clock is the Chevy Drive of the Week.

It began with the Packers taking over on their own 6-yard line after the defense had stopped the Bears at midfield to force a punt. Protecting that eight-point lead, the offense made sure the defense didn't have to take the field again.

It didn't start out well, as RB Aaron Jones lost three yards on first down. But QB Jordan Love found TE Luke Musgrave – back in the lineup for the first time since Week 11 due to a lacerated kidney – for 11 yards over the middle to set up third-and-2.

Love then hit WR Jayden Reed for 15 yards to move the chains before Jones ran twice for 11 yards to pick up another first down. Jones ran twice more for three yards to set up third-and-7 from the Green Bay 43-yard line with 2:25 left.

That's when Love stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure and fired to TE Tucker Kraft coming into his vision. Another 15-yard gain for a first down forced the Bears to use their final timeout with 2:17 to go.

One more first down would end the game, and it took Jones just two plays to get it. He ran for 10 yards on second-and-9 just after the two-minute warning, Love kneeled out the rest of the clock, and the 12-play drive covered 61 yards in all, sending the Packers to the playoffs.