GREEN BAY – It stalled at the wrong time and only produced three points, but it was still one heck of a drive.
Trailing by three points in the third quarter, the Packers ran 15 plays, gained 72 yards and consumed 8:33 on the clock – time-wise the longest drive of the season – to tie up the game. The 15 plays also tied the season-high for one possession.
As such, it’s the Chevy Drive of the Week from the 31-24 victory at Kansas City on Sunday night.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed seven of his first eight passes on the drive to five different pass-catchers totaling 64 yards. Meanwhile, running back Jamaal Williams chipped in with a 14-yard run and Aaron Jones added two carries for nine yards.
The offense was in such a rhythm that from their own 11-yard line until it was goal-to-go, the Packers only faced one third down, which Rodgers converted with an 11-yard completion to tight end Jimmy Graham.
Wide receiver Allen Lazard had two grabs for 22 yards on the possession and tight end Marcedes Lewis added his only catch of the game for 11 yards as well. On the completion to Lewis, left tackle David Bakhtiari was slow to get up and left the game for a couple of snaps, replaced by Alex Light, but the offense didn’t skip a beat.
After an 11-yard pass to Jones made it first-and-goal from the 6, though, things got tricky. Rodgers said his helmet communicator had gone out and that contributed to a delay of game that backed the Packers up to the 11. Another play was late getting in, forcing the Packers to call a timeout on third-and-goal, but Rodgers was sacked anyway.
So it could have been even better, but kicker Mason Crosby’s 35-yard field goal tied the game at 17, and the Packers never trailed again.
The Green Bay Packers faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football.