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Cheese Curds, 5/27: Aaron Jones delivered in the clutch for the Packers in 2019

The Packers’ running back was a star last season, particularly late in close games.

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The Green Bay Packers went 8-1 in 2019 in games separated by eight points or less, 9-1 if you include a postseason win over the Seattle Seahawks. With so many close games and such a high success rate therein, the Packers needed — and received — big performances in the clutch from several key players.

This week, Pro Football Focus broke down the NFL’s best clutch players in 2019, based on their grading and production in games separated by eight points or less in the fourth quarter or overtime. Aaron Jones was their pick as the top running back, and thinking back to a few plays in particular helps underscore why.

However, a look at his numbers helps as well. Jones ran the ball 63 times in the fourth quarter (more than in any other quarter), and averaged 4.6 yards per carry — right on par with his overall average. Interestingly, he only scored one touchdown with less than 15 minutes left, but it was a big one; he also added 14 receptions for 174 yards and another score through the air, averaging by far his highest yards per reception and per target in any quarter of the season.

Jones was a big reason why the Packers had success late in close games in 2019. Hopefully he will be as productive again in 2020.

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These 2 plays helped land Aaron Jones on PFF’s All-Clutch team | Packers Wire
Expanding on PFF's analysis, this details the biggest plays that Jones made in crunch time, including his 67-yard catch-and-run against the Chiefs and his huge 56-yard scoring run against the Vikings.

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