GREEN BAY – It’s time for another round of Peak Performances, packers.com’s look back at the most notable individual efforts of the past season.
The series is being presented in chronological order, so our third segment covers the third quarter of the season.
The top vote-getter from each collection will be in the running for Performance of the Year in the final poll.
WR Davante Adams at Chicago
Adams was not having his best game against the Bears, even dropping a pass over the middle early in the fourth quarter that contributed to the Packers settling for a field goal. But he took over on Green Bay’s last two offensive possessions to finish with five catches for 90 yards and a TD. With the Packers leading by only three points, he started a drive with an 18-yard grab and finished it with a 19-yard back-shoulder touchdown. Then, after the Bears pulled back within seven, he went deep on third-and-10 with just over two minutes left and hauled in – one-handed no less – a 42-yard bomb that would have iced the win had the Packers not missed the field goal four plays later.
QB Brett Hundley at Pittsburgh
It took an extra week for Hundley to follow up on his strong fourth quarter in Chicago, but he did in prime time at Heinz Field. Throwing for 245 yards, three long TDs and a 134.3 passer rating, Hundley kept the Packers in the game all night. His deep strikes for touchdowns to Randall Cobb (39 yards) and Adams (55 yards) were right on target, and he drove the offense 77 yards in 12 plays late in the fourth quarter for a touchdown that tied the game at 28-all. The clutch drive included a fourth-and-6 completion to Adams in the red zone to keep the Packers alive, one play before the tying TD.
RB Jamaal Williams at Pittsburgh
In his second career start, the rookie fourth-round pick from BYU showed how dynamic he can be. He pounded away against Pittsburgh’s tough run defense for 66 yards on 21 carries, scoring the game-tying touchdown with two minutes left. He also took a screen pass 54 yards for a score and totaled 135 yards from scrimmage in all.
RB Jamaal Williams vs. Tampa Bay
One week later, Williams recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, with 21 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown. He broke free on a 25-yard run in the second quarter, setting up his own 1-yard touchdown plunge when he powered through a tackle attempt near the goal line. The long run was one of seven rushes on the day that went for 8-plus yards. On the game-winning drive in overtime, he added a 9-yard run and 12-yard reception before coming out for one play, and the game ended on that play as fellow rookie back Aaron Jones ran 20 yards for a TD.
DE Dean Lowry vs. Tampa Bay
The second-year defensive lineman was as surprised as anyone when the football went from Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s hands into his, but Lowry made the most of it. The 6-foot-6, 296-pounder showed some speed in racing 62 yards the other way for a touchdown, maximizing on the sack and forced fumble by teammate Kenny Clark. Later in the game, Lowry got a sack of his own, a 14-yard unblocked takedown of Winston on third down to force a punt.