After a bumpy start, another Green Bay Packers season is underway as the team looks to get over the NFC Championship hump. Whether it’s a “Last Dance” or just one of many more excellent years to come, we want to savor the moment. So, after every game this season, we will be asking you to vote on the best play of that contest. Click the link on each top play to relive the greatness and then vote on your favorite play below.
This week is as good a starting point as you can get, with the Packers pulling out a gritty win on the back of clutch plays from Aaron Rodgers and Mason Crosby.
Rodgers and the offense set the tone early with a field goal on their opening drive, beginning to rekindle the spark that lit the league on fire in 2020. Up 10-0 at the beginning of the second quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo uncorked a long ball to George Kittle with Eric Stokes in coverage. Jaire Alexander had other plans. In an unreal show of his athleticism, the All-Pro corner covered half the field in the blink of an eye to come up with the takeaway.
After a couple of stalled drives from both teams, the Packers traded touchdowns and went into halftime up 17-7. With the Packers clinging to a 17-14 lead at the top of the fourth quarter, Rodgers connected with Marquez Valdes-Scantling to cap off an 11 play, 86-yard drive with a touchdown. After a few misfired targets from Rodgers this year, MVS’ first score of the year couldn’t have come at a better time.
Although the Packers should have pulled away at that point, the 49ers clawed back and found themselves down 24-21 with the ball in Packers territory. With just 5:00 left on the game clock, Kenny Clark, devourer of worlds, threw Laken Tomlinson like a ragdoll to give himself a straight shot at Jimmy Garoppolo. Jimmy G, terrified like any human would be, fumbled the ball in a poor attempt at a throw-away and gave the Packers the ball at the 49ers' 38-yard line off the De’Vondre Campbell recovery. Mason Crosby nailed a field goal to put the team up 27-21.
As you already know, the dagger had yet to be delivered. San Francisco drove 75 yards and scored with just 0:37 left, leading to yet another heartbreaking Packers loss in California. Or, at least, that’s what would have happened if 12 wasn’t superhuman. As cool, calm, and collected as ever, Rodgers opened the comeback drive with an absurd throw over Fred Warner’s outstretched arms to Davante Adams. Green Bay was officially in business.
After connecting with Adams yet again for his 18th target, Rodgers and co. got set and spiked the ball with just 0:03 left in the game. Like it has so many times before, the game came down to the leg of Mason Crosby. And like he has so many times before, Crosby nailed the 51-yard game-winner, empowering the Packers to defeat their west coast demons and escape this house of horrors with a statement win. As Aaron Rodgers said after the game, paraphrasing Brad Pitt in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about football, man?”
Now, this is where the fun begins. You can vote below on your favorite play of the week and sound off in the comments if you think we’re missing a crucial play from the game. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @acmepackingco to stay up to date with all our coverage of the Packers’ upcoming contest vs. the Steelers this Sunday.
Which play from the Packers’ Week 3 win over the 49ers is the best?
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Jaire Alexander’s Speedy INT
Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s Clutch Touchdown
Kenny Clark’s Forced Fumble
Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams to Kick Off the Comeback
Mason Crosby Nails the Game-Winning Field Goal