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Pick the top play from the Packers’ Week 16 win over the Panthers

Jordan Love delivered plenty of big-time throws in time for the holidays.

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The Green Bay Packers are still alive. Please focus on that fact and only that fact. Do not look towards the flashing red warning sign plastered with Joe Barry’s face. All is well. We were nearly treated to a lump of coal on Sunday as the Packers pulled out a tight one against the 2-13 Carolina Panthers. You may have told yourself, “Surely they won’t allow a QB to post season-best numbers for the third straight week.” You would have been very wrong. Bryce Young had his fair share of open throws on the day and made the Packers sweat until the clock hit 0:00.

Fortunately for Green Bay, you’re allowed to play both sides of the ball. Jordan Love looked solid again, delivering a few wow throws worthy of top plays and scoring 30 points for the first time since Week 1. With the season on the line, Love delivered clutch moment after clutch moment. Let’s dive into the action below.


After an interesting artistic decision from Jaire Alexander during the coin toss, the Panthers got the ball first in this one and a Preston Smith and Quay Walker split sack forced them to punt (twice, thanks to a roughing the kicker penalty).

The Packers’ offense got off to a flying start. Aaron Jones tallied 90 yards between two drives, with AJ Dillon and Jordan Love punching in short touchdowns to take a 13-3 lead.

In the battle between a stoppable force and a movable object, Bryce Young came out on top over Joe Barry’s defense, making a few big-time throws after a rough start. Ihmir-Smith Marsette took advantage of a poor angle from Rashan Gary on a jet sweep and ran in the score to close the gap at 13-10 at the top of the 2nd quarter.

Jordan Love’s trick shot

Congratulations if you bet 2nd quarter in the “when will Jordan Love make his first absurd throw” market. Having kicked a field goal to go up 16-10 and forcing a turnover on downs, Love and the offense sat at the Carolina 34 with under 2:00 left in the half. Love launched a fadeaway as pretty as MJ’s and nailed Bo Melton for one of the best 11-yard throws you’ll see, leading to…

Wicks absorbs the hit for six

As if we needed a reminder of his arm talent so soon after his last demonstration, Love decided to show off some more on 3rd and 8 and hit Dontayvion Wicks on the run for six. Wicks held on through contact that knocked him out of the game and put the Packers up 23-10 heading into halftime.

The Panthers’ scoring drive to open the 2nd half was a portent of things to come. Miscommunications, miscues, and penalties killed the Packers, and an Isaiah McDuffie roughing the passer call pushed Carolina into the red zone. Four plays later, Chuba Hubbard crossed the plane to make it 23-16.

Romeo Doubs immediately got the Packers in scoring position in response. Doubs broke a few tackles for a 25-yard gain to start the next drive despite nearly losing a fumble and made up for the mistake a few plays later with the touchdown to go up 14.

After back-and-forth punts, the time had come. It was Joe Barry’s time to cook. And boy, did he ever. After a Preston Smith sack put the Panthers in 2nd and 17 at the Green Bay 45, all should have been at peace. But Joe Barry does not know peace. He may actively hate it. Bryce Young and DJ Chark connected for a first down, and eventually, a touchdown to narrow the lead to 30-22.

A Packers three-and-out on the next drive gave the Panthers life. You could feel in the air that a Joe Barry masterclass was on the way. As expected, the Panthers were given an early Christmas gift and moved down the field with ease. Bryce Young hit DJ Chark once again, followed by a 2-point conversion run by Raheem Blackshear. The score was tied at 30 with 4:05 to go.

Romeo Doubs comes up big

Jordan Love got to work right away and hit Romeo Doubs on 3rd and 4. The sideline grab between two defenders was challenged and upheld, giving Packers fans around the world a moment to exhale. Doubs never had a doubt, saying after the game, “I stepped on the ground about three times before the ball even moved. So yeah, it was a catch.” Simple as that!

Tucker Kraft breaks away

Two plays later, Tucker Kraft came up in a massive spot once again. Jordan Love wedged a rocket in between two defenders, putting the ball out of reach of Troy Hill jumping the route. Kraft did what he does, spinning through the grasps of Hill and Frankie Luvu and leaving them in the dust.

Facing what would be their most embarrassing loss of the season, the young guns came through. Anders Carlson kicked the game-winner with 0:19 left.

After consecutive 22-yard completions, the Panthers ran out of time at the Packers’ 31. Crisis averted, Packers win.


Poll

Which play from the Packers’ week 16 win over the Panthers was the best?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Jordan Love’s trick shot
    (9 votes)
  • 26%
    Wicks absorbs the hit for six
    (26 votes)
  • 39%
    Romeo Doubs comes up big
    (39 votes)
  • 26%
    Tucker Kraft breaks away
    (26 votes)
100 votes total Vote Now

That’s it for Week 16’s top plays! The Packers return to primetime this weekend in a pivotal matchup with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. Check back next week to see if the Packers ring in the new year with a bang.