Despite a third-string quarterback starting for the New England Patriots, the Packers struggled at home.
In a game many believed to be a blowout, the New England Patriots (1-3) made things interesting in the 27-24 Green Bay Packers (3-1) win. After veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, who was starting in place of the injured Mac Jones, left the game with a head injury, fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe led the Patriots the rest of the way. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and an interception while Zappe threw his first career touchdown pass along with 99 passing yards.
Another Slow First Quarter For Green Bay
For the second straight week, the Packers’ defense allowed an opening drive field goal. But unlike last week, in which the offense scored a touchdown. Their first possession of the game ended up being a bad pass to Romeo Doubs that he fumbled at the 50-yard line. A series of punts by both teams kept the Patriots leading 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.
A Touchdown By Both Teams In The Second Quarter
After the Packers had great field position at the 50-yard line, the running game started to explode with running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. It was receiver Christian Watson scoring his first career touchdown on a jet sweep out of the backfield. After more struggles by both offenses, including a fumble by Rashan Gary, quarterback Rodgers threw a terrible short pass that was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones. It was Rodgers’ fourth career pick-six and a 10-7 Patriots halftime lead.
Both Teams Thrive In The Third Quarter
Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s offense lit up in the third as Allen Lazard’s 32-yard catch on third down and a 20-yard dime to tight end Robert Tonyan gave Green Bay the lead again. On the next drive, a couple of blown coverages and bad penalties were not helping the Packers’ defense as Devante Parker was left wide open for a touchdown. The Patriots scored on a missed delay of game by the referees and New England had a 17-14 lead.
Offense Shines Again But A Drop Keeps The Packers Tied In The Fourth Quarter
After the Packers tied the game 17-17, Patriots backup running back Rhamondre Stevenson had two nice runs for 12-yards and 17-yards while starting running back Damien Harris capped off the touchdown drive. Rodgers and company were up again as he found his best friend Randall Cobb deep for 24 yards. Then rookie sensation Romeo Doubs found his way into the end zone with a 13-yard catch. The game was tied 24-24 all.
The defense held, giving Green Bay one last drive to try to take the lead. On third and eight, Rodgers threw deep into the end zone to Doubs again. A beautiful catch as the green and gold sideline erupted for the would-be touchdown. But after the officials discussed it, the ball did not survive the ground and despite LaFleur’s challenge, it remained incomplete. Green Bay would head to overtime tied 24-24.
Mason Crosby: The Hero Once Again In Green Bay
Despite winning the coin toss, the Packers’ offense was held to a three-and-out but so were the Patriots. Green Bay started from its own ten-yard line, only needing a field goal to win. Rodgers found Lazard for 22-yards and Cobb for 11 yards. Green Bay, in Patriots territory, found themselves with 17 passing yards in three plays as the 2-minute warning hit. A couple of runs ran down the clock and with time expiring, Mason Crosby hit a 31-yard field goal and the Packers won 27-24.
Next week the Green Bay Packers (3-1) head to London for the first time ever to face the New York Giants (3-1). This game will be on Sunday, October 9th at 9:30 am only on NFL Network.
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