Packers top New England 27-24 in overtime

Mason Crosby hits the game-winning field goal with four seconds in the extra period.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary (52) reads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense during a...
Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary (52) reads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense during a NFL football game, Sunday, September 25, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Menendez)(Alex Menendez | AP)
Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 4:50 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) - The Green Bay Packers survived a scare to end all scares Sunday, sneaking past the New England Patriots in overtime, 27-24 from Lambeau Field.

New England opened the game on offense and capitalized. They capped off a ten-play drive with a field goal to take the first lead of the game 3-0.

Green Bay’s first drive was less successful. Aaron Rodgers found Romeo Doubs on a screen pass, but Doubs proceeded to fumble away the ball, giving it back to the Pats.

While the Patriots couldn’t do anything on the ensuing possession, a seismic shift in the game took place. After Rahsan Gary sacked Brian Hoyer on a third-down attempt, Hoyer left the game with a head injury. Hoyer, who started this game in place of usual starter Mac Jones, would not return. Rookie Bailey Zappe would come in for his first NFL action.

In the second quarter, the Packers got the offense going. A six-play, 50-yard drive ended in the first touchdown of rookie Christian Watson’s career. The second-round draft pick took an end-around 15 yards to put the Packers up 7-3.

Towards the end of the quarter, New England, set up with good field position by a 20-yard punt return, looked like they were threatening for points. However, Rashan Gary made another big play, sacking and stripping Zappe to force a turnover.

With the script flipped, it seemed the Packers could threaten for end-of-half points. Instead, it was the Patriots’ turn for a timely turnover. Jack Jones, who forced the Doubs fumble earlier, intercepted Rodgers and returned it for a touchdown for 40 yards. A wild turn at the end of the half gave New England a 10-7 lead.

In the second half, the Packers came out with more gusto, to the tune of an 81-yard drive, capped off by a Rodgers strike to Robert Tonyan to regain the lead. The 20-yard score was the first for Tonyan since coming back from an ACL injury that kept him out most of last season.

The Patriots kept their foot on the gas pedal, however. Led by the rushing attack down the field, New England capped their drive with a surprising touchdown connection from Zappe to DeVante Parker for 25 yards. New England gets back out front.

The Packers would respond with a field goal to tie the game 17-17, but the Patriots’ offense kept churning it out on the ground. A seven-play, 66-yard drive ended in another Patriots touchdown as Damien Harris punched it in from five yards. New England beginning to make the Packers sweat at 24-17.

Needing a response with the fourth quarter starting to dwindle, Rodgers led another strong drive for the Pack. Rodgers completed four passes on the drive, including a 24-yard dart to Randall Cobb and a 13-yard touchdown to Romeo Doubs. The game once again was tied 24-24. The touchdown to Doubs was also the 500th in Aaron Rodgers’ career.

Both teams got opportunities within the final minutes of the fourth, but ultimately the game needed overtime.

Both teams came up empty on their first possession of the extra period, but the Packers started to move the ball their second time with the ball. Rodgers went four-for-four on the drive as the Packers surged into Patriots’ territory. AJ Dillion added a few more rushes to get the Packers to the 12-yard line. Veteran Mason Crosby came on to hit the game-winner as time expired to win 27-24.

Rodgers finished the game 21-35 for 235 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Aaron Jones notched his second 100-yard rushing game of the season carrying the ball 16 times for 110 yards. AJ Dillion had 17 carries for 73 yards. Allen Lazard looked the part as the number one receiver Sunday, hauling in six catches for 116 yards. Romeo Doubs had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Hoyer wasn’t the only one to leave with a head injury. Packers safety Adrian Amos left the game as well, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The Packers cross the pond next week as they play in their first-ever game in London, facing the New York Giants. Kick-off for that game is next Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.