For the second straight week the Packers found a way to win, in overtime, to keep their hopes of Aaron Rodgers returning and reaching the playoffs alive.
Against the Browns, quarterback Brett Hundley’s performance was better. Throwing for 265 yards on 46 passing attempts, and finishing with a passer rating of 111.2 That’s according to the box score. On the field, Hundley came through in the clutch for a second straight week.
Trailing 21-7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Packers were in uncharted waters for NFL teams this season. Becoming the first team to trail the Browns heading into the final 15 minutes.
Green Bay responded in the fourth quarter. After falling behind by 14, the Packers offense rattled off a 13 play drive with a one yard Jamaal Williams touchdown. The Green Bay ground game was limited on Sunday against Cleveland, with Williams leading the way with just 49 yards on the ground. The rookie running back did finish the day with a pair of touchdowns, one through the air and another on the ground, the latter getting Green Bay within striking distance.
The Packers defense was able to get a stop after a first down completion by DeShone Kizer was overturned on a Mike McCarthy challenge. Then a big 65 yard punt return by Trevor Davis got the Packers within striking distance.
Hundley went to work from there. Completing three passes, including a one yard touchdown to Davante Adams to tie the game with just 17 seconds left on the game clock. For the second straight week Hundley had led a drive to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.
Cleveland would win the toss, and take the ball to start overtime. That’s when the Packers pass rush made perhaps it’s biggest play of the day. Only getting to the Browns quarterback twice before Cleveland’s final drive, the Packers were able to force an errant throw by Kizer into the middle of the field. Rookie safety Josh Jones came down with the ball, and the Packers offense was once again in business with a short field.
On a day where Hundley threw his fair share of short passes to keep the Packers offense moving down the field, Green Bay finally got one to bust loose. Adams was able to get some running room, made a couple defenders miss, and the rest is history. Twenty five yards for the touchdown, and the Packers playoff hopes are still intact after rallying for a 27-21 win over Cleveland.
Now the attention turns back to Aaron Rodgers with the Packers quarterback reportedly set to undergo a scan early this week. If everything goes well, he could be back as soon as next Sunday against Carolina in another must-win for Green Bay.