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Packers converted twice on fourth down on go-ahead TD drive

A dose of good fortune allowed Green Bay to take a fourth-quarter lead

RB AJ Dillon
RB AJ Dillon

GREEN BAY – A little luck never hurts.

The Packers began the fourth quarter Sunday in Denver already in comeback mode and needing a touchdown to take the lead.

The offense delivered, with a little bit of good fortune, on the Chevy Drive of the Week that covered 76 yards in 11 plays.

Starting from their own 24-yard line, trailing 16-10, the Packers got a 5-yard run from RB AJ Dillon and then an 18-yard completion to rookie TE Luke Musgrave along the sideline.

Musgrave took a nasty helmet hit from Broncos S Kareem Jackson, who was ejected from the game as 15 yards were added to make it first down on the Denver 38. Musgrave was also injured on the play.

From there, two Dillon runs for 5 yards were sandwiched around a 4-yard completion to rookie RB Emanuel Wilson, setting up fourth-and-1 at the Denver 29. The Packers went play-action, and QB Jordan Love found rookie TE Ben Sims on a bootleg to convert.

Dillon then ran for 15 yards to get into the red zone before losing 2 yards on his next carry. Love ran a QB draw for 10 yards, but then on third-and-2 from the 4-yard line, TE Josiah Deguara false-started, making it third-and-7.

Love hit RB Aaron Jones on a short throw over the middle to get back the penalty yards, setting up the second fourth down of the drive.

On fourth-and-2 from the 4, Love's slant pass for WR Romeo Doubs was slightly behind him and deflected off his hands. Fortunately, the ball caromed right to rookie WR Jayden Reed, who made the catch for the touchdown, and the Packers led 17-16 with 8:31 left.