The Green Bay Packers beat the New York Jets 44-38 in overtime on Sunday, and one of the most stunning stats from the game is the number of plays run by each team. Green Bay had a whopping 91 offensive snaps in the contest, while the Jets had just 60.
Some of that was probably due to the Jets taking back a kickoff for a touchdown, but even so, the Packers’ drives seemed to be longer and more consistent, particularly from the second quarter on. In one stretch of 35 snaps from scrimmage going from the second quarter to the first drive of the third, the Packers ran 32 plays to the Jets’ three.
Still, the Packers’ time of possession edge was just a five-minute advantage, holding the football for 34:19 to the Jets’ 29:18.
Here’s a look at how the individual playing time broke down.
OFFENSE (91 plays)
Aaron Rodgers 91
Rodgers had a top-five game in his career in terms of his passing numbers on Sunday, completing 37 passes (second-most of his career) for 442 yards (tied for second) and a pair of passing touchdowns. It was the seventh 400-yard game of Rodgers’ career, and it put him at 4,416 yards, just 227 yards short of his career-high 4,643 set in 2011.
It was some clutch running by Rodgers that got the Packers back in the game late, however. He ran the ball five times for 32 yards, but took in both of the team’s fourth-quarter touchdowns on the ground and added a two-point conversion late as well.
Jamaal Williams 86, Danny Vitale 8
Williams looks like a different player than he was last year or even earlier this season. He is running with conviction and looks much better at finding cutback lanes than he was previously. Williams had an excellent game overall, with 15 carries for 95 yards and a score plus six receptions for 61 yards.
Davante Adams 87, Marquez Valdes-Scantling 72, Jake Kumerow 57, Equanimeous St. Brown 39
The Packers got significant contributions from all of their four wide receivers in this game. Adams caught 11 passes, bringing him one catch away from tying Sterling Sharpe’s Packers record for receptions in a single season. His last catch was the 16-yard touchdown in overtime that gave the Packers the victory.
MVS had a couple of drops in this game, but he still caught five of nine targets for 75 yards. St. Brown was a force as a secondary option as well, with five receptions on five targets for 94 yards. Kumerow had a 49-yard touchdown to get the Packers on the board early and finished with three receptions for 68 yards.
Jimmy Graham 64, Lance Kendricks 16, Robert Tonyan 15, Marcedes Lewis 11
With three catches for 34 yards, Graham crossed over the 50-catch and 600-yard marks on the season. He now has a better catch rate and yards-per-reception average than he did a year ago (plus he has more yardage) but he has just two touchdown receptions on the season compared to ten last season.
Meanwhile, Kendricks caught two passes for 26 yards while Tonyan had one for 11 yards.
David Bakhtiari 91, Corey Linsley 91, Lucas Patrick 91, Bryan Bulaga 91, Justin McCray 84, Lane Taylor 7
The Packers lost left guard Lane Taylor early in the game, sending McCray into the game for the remainder of the afternoon. Rodgers took four sacks in the game, but three of them came before halftime; after the break, the line was able to keep him upright long enough to get the football out, though Rodgers did take a lot of hits throughout the game.
DEFENSE (60 plays)
Dean Lowry 52, Tyler Lancaster 47, Montravius Adams 25, Fadol Brown 11, James Looney 1
Once again, Lancaster got a heavy workload next to Lowry; the two former Northwestern Wildcats had five and four tackles respectively. Adams had a pair of stops as well.
Kyler Fackrell 55, Reggie Gilbert 47, Clay Matthews 27
Fackrell had a one-handed sack of Sam Darnold, the only sack from the edge rushers on this contest. The decision to deactivate Kendall Donnerson remains puzzling however, as the young athletic rusher seems a perfect candidate to get some snaps in these final meaningless games. Gilbert had a single tackle while Matthews was kept off the stat sheet entirely.
Blake Martinez 60, Antonio Morrison 13, Oren Burks 3
As usual, Martinez was in on every play, and he recorded the Packers’ other sack on Darnold on a blitz. Once again Eddie Pleasant played a lot of Nitro linebacker, with Josh Jones getting some work there as well.
Martinez finished with seven tackles including that sack, while Morrison had a pair of tackles.
Josh Jones 60, Tramon Williams 60, Eddie Pleasant 30, Kentrell Brice 5
Jones, not Martinez, led the team in tackles in this game, picking up 12 total tackles and adding a pass breakup. Pleasant had a pair of tackles and Williams had one plus a pass breakup of his own.
It seems now that the Packers do not think very highly of Brice any longer, given his extremely brief playing time in this game. That plus his nagging ankle injury are the only reasonable explanations for him playing just five snaps.
Tony Brown 60, Bashaud Breeland 44, Josh Jackson 40, Jaire Alexander 20
The Packers seem to have found a nice player in Brown, whose competitiveness and tenacity show through in his play. He recorded six tackles, including one for a loss, as well as a pass defense while not missing a snap.
Alexander left the game due to injury, but he made four tackles in his early playing time. It seemed that the Packers’ plan was to roll with Alexander, Brown, and Breeland as the primary corners, but that injury forced Jackson into the game. He did not record a tackle, but did break up one pass. Meanwhile, Breeland had three tackles to his name.