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Packers' game-winning drive burned as much clock as possible

Receptions by Romeo Doubs, Tucker Kraft accounted for 56 of 61 yards before clutch field goal

WR Romeo Doubs; TE Tucker Kraft
WR Romeo Doubs; TE Tucker Kraft

GREEN BAY – It was the type of drive that eluded the Packers in tough losses at Las Vegas and Denver earlier in the season.

And when they did put one together against the Giants, Green Bay couldn't hang on for the win.

So it's easy to choose the Packers' nine-play, 61-yard march for a game-winning field goal at Carolina on Christmas Eve as the Chevy Drive of the Week. It gave Green Bay a 33-30 victory to stay in the playoff hunt.

With the Panthers having just rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 30, the Packers took over on their own 25-yard line with 4:05 left.

Two Aaron Jones runs gained six yards and set up third-and-4. The Packers had gone three-and-out on their previous two drives, and three times total in the second half, but here they got perhaps their biggest conversion of the game.

Beating a Panthers blitz, QB Jordan Love lofted a pass down the sideline for WR Romeo Doubs against man coverage. Doubs leaped over the defender, snagged the ball, and then tumbled out of bounds.

Carolina challenged the ruling of a reception, believing Doubs had lost control as he went down, but replay upheld the 36-yard gain. That put the Packers on the Carolina 33 with 2:11 left.

Then, on the first play after the two-minute warning, Love threaded the needle between two Carolina defenders to hit TE Tucker Kraft, who slipped free for a 20-yard gain down to the 13. Carolina burned its second timeout of the half with 1:54 left.

At this point, with the Panthers owning just one more timeout and the Packers well within K Anders Carlson's range, the goal was to burn as much time off the clock as possible before kicking the field goal.

Three runs (one by Jones, two by Patrick Taylor) amidst Carolina's final timeout netted one lost yard, and the Packers called their own timeout with 22 seconds left to bring on Carlson.

The rookie drilled the kick from 32 yards out, and the Packers hung on for the win.