Packers stay alive with overtime victory over Bucs

AP

As Aaron Rodgers watched from the sideline, with perhaps his return this season at stake, the Packers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 26-20 victory over the Bucs in overtime.

The Packers ended a two-game losing streak to move to 6-6 on the season, and Brett Hundley improved to 2-4 as a starter in Rodgers’ absence.

Rodgers returned to practice Saturday. The Packers play the Browns next week before Rodgers can return in two weeks against the Panthers. He has made it clear he will return only if he’s healthy and “it would make sense.”

The Packers kept hope alive Sunday as Aaron Jones scored on a 20-yard touchdown run on his first carry of day with 5:59 remaining in overtime. The Bucs never saw the ball in the extra period.

Jamaal Williams did most of the heavy lifting for the Packers, running for 113 yards on 21 carries. In the 72-yard, game-winning drive, Williams ran for 15 yards and caught a 12-yard pass. But with Williams needing a rest, Jones entered the game and scored the game-winner.

The Packers won with defense and special teams. They had seven sacks of Jameis Winston, including one that led to a forced fumble. It was the second-most sacks in Green Bay’s history as the Packers took advantage of the Bucs’ decimated offensive line.

Clay Matthews‘ 2.5 sacks were the most he has had since the Packers played the Bucs in Week 16 of the 2014 season, and Kenny Clark had his first two career sacks as well as a forced fumble. Dean Lowry had a sack, two tackles for loss and a fumble return for a touchdown.

The Packers also got a blocked punt, with Kyler Fackrell getting to Bucs punter Bryan Anger. It led to a five-play, 45-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from Williams.

Green Bay finished with only 77 net yards passing, with Hundley going 13-of-22 for 84 yards with an interception. Justin Evans made the pick.

Winston, in his return from a shoulder injury, went 21-of-32 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Cameron Brate caught both touchdown passes.

Bucs running back Peyton Barber had 23 carries for 102 yards and four catches for 41 yards.

The Bucs (4-8) gained 395 yards.

55 responses to “Packers stay alive with overtime victory over Bucs

  1. Our Packers won the Bay of Pigs game. And our fans were BOOING our Packers. Our hopes revolve around beating bottom-feeders. Because we are feeding off the bottom. This is why we hope to beat the Browns.

    Maybe we should change our team’s name to the Green Bay Carp.

  2. Our Packers real only hope is to get our one man team, Aaron, back before the season is over. Otherwise, we’d be lucky to be a .500 team. Which is, sadly, our future.

  3. Can’t wait for all of the playoff scenarios coming from the packer fans this week.
    Even the fox announcers are all giddy about this miracle scenario.

    Here is a question that NOBODY has an answer to.

    Does Aaron Rodgers even WANT to comeback this year?
    Is he hoping for the packers to lose in Cleveland?

    I know you packer fans will give me a thumbs down, but nobody knows the answer.
    Of course, AR is going to SAY all the right things.
    But what does he really want?

  4. The Packers needed overtime and a defensive TD to beat a pathetic 4-8 Tampa Team! Wow
    What a great game!
    Your “Future Hall of Fame QB” threw for 84 yards???
    Numerous college QBs could have done better

    And this is Hundley’s 3rd year in the system??
    That’s either lack of talent, or lack of coaching
    There’s no third option!

    Packers will have to win out to have a shot at a WC
    Anymore losses and they will lose tiebreakers to ATL & Saints

  5. Wow Jeffrey, lay off the caffeine or whatever you’re ingesting. Generally you save multiple, rapid-fire posts for when the Packers lose.
    Glad the tough love from the fans inspired the team to get it into gear. Most of the boos, deservedly, were for McCarthy refusing to try to get into FG range when they had the ball on the 37 and a minute of time.
    But in any case, it keeps the season alive. Maybe the defeat of the Vikings in a couple of weeks will be important.

  6. I hope Eryn comes back to play the Vikes. I’m sure Barr and company are salavating at getting their hands on that coward who talks under his breath as he is walking to the sidelines.

  7. I didn’t hear any boos today. Maybe TV was piping them in. Everyone near me never stopped believing. I am so excited to get Aaron back. Anyone with a heart and soul would agree #WARRIORS

  8. After the Packers lost so many OT games on the first possession the purples told us the rules are fine. So after the Pack won on the first possession, the rules are fine, right Barneys? Or are you going to whine about the rules now that it helped the Pack? Something tells me yes. LOL

  9. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    But in any case, it keeps the season alive. Maybe the defeat of the Vikings in a couple of weeks will be important.
    ————————
    It’s ALWAYS important to packer fans to beat the lowly Vikings. I lived in Madison for three years when the packers were 4-12.
    A packer fan told me the packers suck but at least we beat the Vikings.

    It’s your Super Bowl week for week 16.

  10. The biggest game for the Packers will be the panthers. If they win that, they’ll make the playoffs. I’m assuming they’ll beat Cleveland and also Detroit now that Stanford is hurt. Not sure about Minnesota. 9-7 might get you in, because saints, Falcons, panthers, and Seahawks all face each other or other tough opponents.

  11. Ugly win today.
    I was seriously hoping Hundley would build on some of the success he had last week.

    The first drive was nice, until Brett missed a wide open Geronimo Allison in the end zone.
    Accuracy is still a major issue with this kid.
    His deep ball was atrocious today.
    He fortunately has a strong run game to lean on.
    Opposing defenses continue to stack the box and these young backs continue to shine.
    I love Williams’ no nonsense style of running and Jones just has more zip.
    They create a formidable one, two punch.

    Defense is still a mess, despite the sacks and defensive score.
    Too many converted 3rd downs, contributing to a huge TOP discrepancy.
    You simply aren’t going to win a lot of games playing this kind of football.

    But, a few good special team plays helped and the Defense got a stop when they truly needed one.
    I was waiting for Jones to get a few carries all 2nd half.
    Glad they finally gave him one.
    Team win, nonetheless.

  12. 13 of the first 19 comments are from purples. Instead of enjoying your team’s much better than average season, you’re trolling the Packer stories. Obsessed much?

  13. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    But in any case, it keeps the season alive. Maybe the defeat of the Vikings in a couple of weeks will be important.
    ————————
    It’s ALWAYS important to packer fans to beat the lowly Vikings. I lived in Madison for three years when the packers were 4-12.
    A packer fan told me the packers suck but at least we beat the Vikings.

    It’s your Super Bowl week for week 16.
    ——————————————
    Weird.
    Not that I doubt that you used to know one guy that was happy the Packers beat the Vikings one season.
    After all, divisional games always generate extra juice.

    I’ve lived in Wisconsin all my life and I’ve been a season ticket holder for years.
    Conversed with literally thousands of Packer fans over that time and I’ve never met a single fan that didn’t get an extra sense of pleasure from Green Bay beating the Bears.
    Minnesota never even comes up in the conversation, with the possible exception of the two Favre seasons.
    That’s just the honest truth.

  14. Leading up to this weekend’s game, the fake Vikings fans were dreaming out loud of a Packet loss. Then this…hahaha…on to Cleveland.

    How many World Championships the Browns have? Another team with a legacy and a real history.

    You know Minnesota got an NFL franchise as an afterthought in 1960. They were supposed to be an AFL team and then broke their word to the AFL.

  15. mark1021 says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    13 of the first 19 comments are from purples. Instead of enjoying your team’s much better than average season, you’re trolling the Packer stories. Obsessed much?
    —————————-
    Go check how many packer fans are posting on Vikings stories Mark.

  16. All game long the packer fans were booing their own team…at Lambeau!

    Watch out for the Browns. They are favored to get their first win.

  17. Go check how many packer fans are posting on Vikings stories Mark.
    —–
    Gimme a break and stop trying to justify your and the multitude of other troll’s juvenile behavior. We all have eyes and can see that 80% of the posts on any Packer story are from Viking fans. You have no idea how to handle your team’s success do you? Just sad. I can just picture some 40 year loser still living at home planted in front of the computer in a dirty wife beater hammering refresh over and over.

  18. Contra, you k ow there’s a whole world out there just waiting for you. Get off the PC, put some pants in and go get some vitamin d man.

  19. moneymike23 says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    Greg Jennings is horrible. Why does Hundley chew gum during the whole games.
    ————-
    That was my question. Hundley looks like a cow chewing it’s cud. WHY does he do that?

  20. wafflestomp says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    But in any case, it keeps the season alive. Maybe the defeat of the Vikings in a couple of weeks will be important.
    ————————
    It’s ALWAYS important to packer fans to beat the lowly Vikings. I lived in Madison for three years when the packers were 4-12.
    A packer fan told me the packers suck but at least we beat the Vikings.

    It’s your Super Bowl week for week 16.
    ——————————————
    Weird.
    ————————-
    Dude ………I lived there for 3 years. It wasn’t just one guy. I went to a game when it was like -10 at lambert field.(Obama in 2008)

    What’s weird is that you won’t admit the truth.
    Week 16 will be the packer fans super bowl.
    Love, live and laugh.

  21. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    What’s weird is that you won’t admit the truth.
    Week 16 will be the packer fans super bowl.
    Love, live and laugh.
    ———————————
    You know, the more you say it and wish it to be true just makes you sound desperate.
    skoLOL!

  22. Won’t win many games like that, but slim playoff hopes survive. Need to survive the browns, RELAX, and run the table. Hundley needs to stop chewing gum, bad optics. And stop trying to force feed Jordy, it’s clear he and Nelson don’t mesh. This is becoming Blake Martinez’ defense. Anyone know where I can find a Viking fan with a half-wit opinion? the insecurities run strong in their kind. Truth.

  23. I think we’ll all agree this is a lost season for the Packers.

    Thinking the Vikings will get to or win the super bowl is pretty silly, though.

    Fun fact: the last time the Vikings won 8 straight games was 1998. They didn’t win the Super Bowl that year, if memory serves.

  24. wafflestomp says:
    December 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    What’s weird is that you won’t admit the truth.
    Week 16 will be the packer fans super bowl.
    Love, live and laugh.
    ———————————
    You know, the more you say it and wish it to be true just makes you sound desperate.
    skoLOL!
    ———————————
    And the more you deny it just makes it totally true.
    Your super bowl game is in three weeks.
    What are you planning for your party? Waffles? From Waffle House?

  25. pkrlvr says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:53 pm
    Go check how many packer fans are posting on Vikings stories Mark.
    —–
    Gimme a break and stop trying to justify your and the multitude of other troll’s……..
    ————
    Take a look at Vikings stories and see all the packer posters disguised as viking fans?

    How juvenile do you think you are by assuming your holier than thou attitude that assumes packer fans are superior? You are not and get over your whining. Just like your precious QB. Who I predict will NOT play against Carolina because of “ dr Andrews said I shouldn’t play”. BS.

  26. If a team has been in the league for over 50 years and has no trophy case, do they really matter? Enjoy your moment in the sun Vikings fans, you will be watching two teams not named the Vikings inside your tent, come February.

  27. Can we talk about that horrible announcer that kept calling players by the wrong name?

    It’s Kendrick, not Hendricks. And Evan Dietrich-Smith, not Evan Smith. And several more kinda close but not right names. And then their were the ones he just mispronounced. DeMarius isn’t that hard, dude.

  28. If I was a Packer player, I would do everything in my power to get the bleep out of that sorry arse town next season and play somewhere else. What a sorry excuse for a fan base, booing like crazy and then cheering like you won a big game, what a joke

  29. contra74 says:
    December 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    All game long the packer fans were booing their own team…at Lambeau!
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    We had a blast at the game yesterday. The crowd was loose and laughing. Full house. Any boos heard were appropriate for whatever moment-in-time was taking place, normal stuff.

    Even now, with the Vikings playing well, Viking trolls remain obsessively addicted to the Packers.

    Why bother? We don’t care what you think. Never have.

  30. stellarperformance says:

    Why bother? We don’t care what you think. Never have.
    ————————————

    If any packer fan, alive or dead, has ever cared what Vikings fans think it would be you.

  31. Stella says

    We had a blast at the game yesterday.
    ######

    But you had to pay full price, while the majority of the attendees paid less than half price.

    And once again, Lambeau Field was not sold out.

    Packers have never had a 100 per cent sold out home game in nearly 100 years of trying.

    They came close DECADES ago for a home playoff game against the 49ers.

  32. Liberalsruineverything says:
    December 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    If any packer fan, alive or dead, has ever cared what Vikings fans think it would be you.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    …….says the Viking troll that cannot stay away from Packer threads. You added your name today (twice) to Viking troll posts that outnumbers legitimate comments 5-1!!!!

    Do you guys need us to hold your hands through this whole “winning” thing?

  33. Not only was Lambeau sold out yesterday, it has been sold out since 1960 and has a waiting list for season tickets totaling over 78,000. Plus, Packer fans travel well. Opposing teams love having the Packers come to town because it assures a sell-out for them too!

    Win-win.

  34. Wow. Even now. Even now, and with the Vikings actually relevant for a change, the Viking trolls would still rather keep up with current Packer news than any Vikings news whatsoever!

    What’s with that?

  35. Not only was Lambeau sold out yesterday, it has been sold out since 1960 and has a waiting list for season tickets totaling over 78,000.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    there was at least 5,000 empty seats yesteday and the season ticket thing….yeah…75% on that list would turn them down because they can’t afford them….

  36. The last thing any of these NFC teams want to see is Rodgers back with a chip on his shoulder getting a wildcard spot.

  37. Lambeau now seats 81,400 fans. 6,000 of those seats are paid upfront for occupants of two Miller Brewing luxury open-floor environments that allow 3,000 fans each. Whether or not the Miller Brewing employees, families, or clients show up is of little consequence.

    The announced turnstile attendance yesterday was 78,000+-. There were no empty seats anywhere near me and none I could see elsewhere. Maybe in “luxury-land,” I don’t know. Doesn’t matter.

    Sold out.

    PS……..Over the course of an eight-game home season, the Packers enjoy a minimum of 1.5 games of extra attendance than US Bank Stadium. You guys can play with self-serving numbers all day long. We don’t care what you think.

    Sold out.

  38. “and the season ticket thing….yeah…75% on that list would turn them down because they can’t afford them….”

    I see you are trying with this fake news again. The truth is that anyone can afford the tickets, the difficult part is getting the season tickets. Once you swing that, you can go to a few games a year, sell the rest, and still make a profit. Even in down years. Most people want to go to as many games as they can, but for those who wouldn’t be able to afford it, they know they can still see some games and make money doing it.

    You should devote more time to Viking articles discussing how they will do it again this year.

  39. stellarperformance says:
    December 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    Wow. Even now. Even now, and with the Vikings actually relevant for a change, the Viking trolls would still rather keep up with current Packer news than any Vikings news whatsoever!

    What’s with that?
    ————————————
    I can’t believe you spent that much cash just to go boo your backup QB, get drunk and start fights with Bucs fans. Not cool man.

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