Second-half TD drive was an important answer by Packers

Variety of offensive playmakers were in on the action

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

GREEN BAY – The final possession had all the thrills, but it was the Packers' last touchdown drive in the 30-28 Sunday night victory over the 49ers that got a bunch of the offense's playmakers involved.

For that reason, the 10-play, 86-yard march spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters – consuming 5:57 on the clock – is the Chevy Drive of the Week.

The 49ers had cut into the Packers' commanding 17-0 lead with two touchdowns on either side of halftime to make it 17-14, and Green Bay needed an answer.

It started with 4:24 left in the third quarter from the Packers' own 14-yard line. On the first six plays, the ball went to either WR Davante Adams or RB AJ Dillon, with Adams catching two passes for 16 yards, Dillon running three times for 10, and Dillon adding a 6-yard reception as well.

That set up third-and-2 from the Green Bay 46, when QB Aaron Rodgers took a shot down the middle seam for TE Robert Tonyan. Only Tonyan was clearly interfered with by 49ers LB Fred Warner, and the 24-yard penalty – the third significant defensive pass interference called on San Francisco in the game – put the Packers just 30 yards from paydirt.

On the final play of the third quarter, RB Aaron Jones slashed up the middle for 12 yards, and he followed to start the fourth period with runs of 4 and 2 yards, making it third-and-4 from the San Francisco 12.

Rodgers then found WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling cutting open in the far left corner of the end zone, and his pinpoint throw just over a defender's outstretched hand became Valdes-Scantling's first TD catch of the season for a 24-14 lead.


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