Packers’ final drive started slow, finished fast

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GREEN BAY – The Packers’ game-winning, 10-play drive on Monday night against the 49ers didn’t get off to the greatest of starts.

But quarterback Aaron Rodgers took advantage of a free set of downs and become unstoppable in what is the Chevy Drive of the Week from the 33-30 victory at Lambeau Field.

The 81-yard march, which started at the Green Bay 10-yard line with 1:07 on the clock and the score tied at 30, used a 14-yard run by RB Ty Montgomery to get going. But the possession was quickly on the verge of stalling.

Two incomplete passes sandwiched around a delay of game made it third-and-15 from the Packers’ own 19, and Rodgers was sacked. But a flag for illegal contact on 49ers CB Richard Sherman gave the Packers another chance, and that’s all Rodgers needed.

After Rodgers scrambled 21 yards up the middle of the field and spiked the ball to stop the clock, the Packers were on their own 45 with 19 seconds to go. From there, Rodgers covered 46 yards in just 13 seconds with three straight sideline completions – two to WR Davante Adams covering 8 and 19 yards, and one in between to rookie WR Equanimeous St. Brown for 19 on a back-shoulder throw. It was the first ball thrown to St. Brown in the game, while Adams finished with a game-high 10 receptions for 132 yards.

Now on the San Francisco 9-yard line with just six seconds left, Rodgers intentionally threw high and incomplete to Adams on the left side to kill three seconds and set up K Mason Crosby for a walk-off 27-yard field goal. Crosby drilled it, making him a perfect 7-for-7 on his kicks in the game (four field goals, three PATs) just one week after missing five kicks at Detroit in the worst game of the decorated veteran’s career.

The three completions down the stretch brought Rodgers’ passing yards on the night up to 425, making him the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for 400-plus yards in consecutive games. Rodgers now has six 400-yard games in his career, while no one else in team history has more than one.

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