After three failed offensive series in the red zone to start their week one game against the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers finally found the end zone without crossing the 20-yard line.
Green Bay has moved the football well throughout the game, at least until nearing the end zone. But with time running down in the second quarter and his team clinging to an 8-7 lead, Aaron Rodgers came up with a vintage Aaron Rodgers moment. On second and nine from the Vikings’ 24-yard line, Rodgers navigated some pressure in the pocket and unloaded a laser beam to Davante Adams along the right side of the end zone.
Adams was able to haul in the pass and keep his toes in bounds, giving the Packers their first touchdown of the season. Here’s a look at the play:
absolutely vintage Aaron Rodgers throw to Davante Adams, called a TD on the field pic.twitter.com/Vmb0HfpD94— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) September 13, 2020
The pocket presence here from Rodgers was impressive, but so was the throw. Here’s another look at the throw from the end zone angle:
Vintage. Aaron. Freaking. Rodgers. pic.twitter.com/g3N0yPqtHZ— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) September 13, 2020
The play and its ensuing point-after extended the Packers’ lead to 15-7 shortly before halftime. Although the Vikings get the ball to start the third quarter, Green Bay may have a chance to extend their lead after a Jaire Alexander interception gave them the football in Vikings territory with around 30 seconds left in the half.