Packers late comeback and overtime drive propels them to victory
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finally got a road win. They really had to earn it Sunday afternoon in New York.
Playing from behind all day, the Packers had to convert a game-saving fourth down from the Jets' one-yard-line. A desperation quarterback sneak by Rodgers gave the Packers the lead with just 1:12 remaining in the game.
From there, hanging onto just a three-point lead the Packers needed to make a stop on defense. That stop did not happen though because of the Packers special teams.
Special teams were a major issue for the Packers all day. Earlier in the game, they gave up a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and on their final kickoff of the fourth quarter, they allowed a big return to set up the Jets with a short field to tie up the game.
The Jets were able to tie the game at 38-38 with 17 seconds remaining. The Packers decided to run out the clock and force overtime.
The Packers won the overtime coin toss and elected to receive to start the extra period. Thanks to a huge pass interference penalty on a third down and 10, the Packers game-winning drive continued.
With efficiency and speed, the Packers pushed ahead for the game-winning touchdown, a Rodgers touchdown pass to Davante Adams for 16 yards. The touchdown gave the Packers a 44-38 win.
Rodgers had to throw the ball 55 times and he finished the day with 442 yards and two touchdowns. For the Jets, quarterback Sam Darnold gave the Packers defense troubles all day and finished the day with three touchdowns and 341 yards passing.
The Packers improved to a 6-8-1 record with just one game remaining.