Game Recap: Packers Extend Season in Win Over Rams

The Packers kept their season alive in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.

The Packers kept their season alive at least another week in an almost-impressive win over the Rams. Timely defense and a nice use of the run game aided in the team's 24-12 win.

Packers RB AJ Dillon evades a tackler in the Packers 24-12 win Monday.

Packers RB AJ Dillon evades a tackler in the Packers 24-12 win Monday.

 

First Quarter

The defending champs started off first, going to running back Cam Akers early for 15 to open the game. But Kenny Clark showed up with a big stop, forcing a 3rd-and-long. WIth plenty of time, newly-acquired QB Baker Mayfield hit receiver Van Jefferson for the first down on the Joe Barry soft zone defense. But on the next 3rd-and-long, Preston Smith was able to yank down Mayfield for the sack.

On the Packers' first try, Rodgers was able to hit now-healthy Romeo Doubs over the middle for 12. After runs from Jones and Dillon for 9 and 7 respectively, Rodgers hit Lazard for 7. The Packers were spreading the ball around. Rodgers then hit Doubs for a slant again, then Aaron Jones up the middle for another 11 put Green Bay inside the 10. But the drive stalled inside the 5 and Mason Crosby nailed a 34-yarder to put the Packers in front 3-0.

The Rams next drive would be fully owned by Kingsley Enagbare. With a sack and near-pick on a backside screen, the Packers took back over near midfield. Runs by Dillon and a completion to Robert Tonyan moved the sticks, but Rodgers' next pass was an overthrown interception into the waiting arms of Rams safety Taylor Rapp. A miscommunication by either Rodgers or Lazard.

Second Quarter

The Rams went back to Akers for back-to-back first downs, and Rudy Ford aided with an unnecessary roughness penalty quickly putting the Rams in business. But Adrian Amos wrecked a jet sweep to Tutu Atwell, and after a 33-yard Matt Gay field goal made it 3-3.

Starting at their own 26, the Packers faced a 3rd-and-3 when Rodgers connected with Randall Cobb on a slant route, a nice catch by the veteran. Rodgers then connected with Dillon for 18 and Cobb again for 14 to get the Packers to the 24. On the next set, the Packers went behind AJ Dillon inside the 10 when Quadzilla broke through for a touchdown to make it 10-3.

Los Angeles wasn't able to do much on their next series, after Mayfield was unable to convert a 3rd-and-long. However, Matt Gay nailed a 55-yarder to cut the lead to 10-6 late in the half. Aaron Rodgers was sacked on a late Hail Mary attempt to take the game to locker room.

Third Quarter

The Packers looked like they were going to get forced to an early punt, but were bailed out by a defensive holding call. It'd ultimately be the key to a scoring drive, after Rodgers found Watson and Dillon for big plays, then ultimately another AJ Dillon touchdown to extend the lead to 17-6.

Before you could high-five the last touchdown, the Packers had the ball back after forcing a very quick 3-and-out by the Rams. An impressive Keisean Nixon punt return aided by a penalty put the Packers in field goal range to start. After a fantastic conversion to Marcedes Lewis, Rodgers connected with Aaron Jones for a touchdown to extend the lead to 24-6. 

Cam Akers kept the Rams in it with chunk plays down inside the Packers 10, and on the next 3rd-and-goal, Mayfield was able to hit Tyler Higbee for the touchdown, again in front of the soft defenders. The kick was no good, and it was 24-12 Packers. Nixon took the impending kickoff near midfield to start off the Packers.

Fourth Quarter

Going deep to Christian Watson, Rodgers' was broken up but a pass interference call moved the Packers up. But on 3rd-and-10, Rodgers was sacked forcing a punt despite the favorable field position. But after a quick 3-and-out, the Packers had it back. But Aaron Jones' first down run was ripped away by corner Jalen Ramsey for the turnover. After a Packer stop and the ultimate game-killing drive, the Packers kneeled it out at the Rams 1 to rack up the win and keep the season alive another week.

Offensive MVP

AJ Dillon was the muscle this team needed on a frosty night in Green Bay. I'll honorably mention the wide receivers as a whole, who mostly had a good game. But it was sure nice to see them all out there.

Defensive MVP

Welcome back, Kenny Clark. We're so used to 97 dominating backfields that when he doesn't, it's weird. He was dominant in the run game tonight, limiting Cam Akers who was clearly in the Rams' plans to win.

What Went Right

I'll just say, enough went right. They weren't great on offense or defense consistently, which is kind of their thing. But they have enough talent to overcome that against bad teams. Now, do it against a good one.

What Went Wrong

See above. What went right was sort of what went wrong. They were good, but nearly consistently enough to beat the league's best. Which is precisely why they're a 6-8 football team.

 

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Tony Wilson takes pride in journalism training from 2/3 of directional-Michigan MAC schools. A former Sporting News writer, Tony now focuses on the Packers from his home in Toledo, OH. His beer of choice is a Miller Lite from the bottom of the cooler. You can find him on Twitter @GlassCityPack.

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Coldworld's picture

December 19, 2022 at 11:01 pm

That was a very bad Rams full of backups to backups. We really couldn’t finish them off. It was us killing our own drives. The run game kept us ticking just enough (with help from Nixon), but we failed to use Doubs and Watson effectively for most of the game. We had a hugely cautious game plan and the Rams, who are out of it, played harder than we did for the most part, who claim still to be in it.

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Rarescope's picture

December 19, 2022 at 11:13 pm

Go PackGo!

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stockholder's picture

December 19, 2022 at 11:50 pm

I'm still curious on Rodger's INT. Was That a Route by Lazard? Or Not?

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The_Baloney_Stops_Here's picture

December 20, 2022 at 05:15 pm

Rodgers pointed to himself afterwards. Lazard sat down in the open space short of the safety like he was supposed to. If he keeps running, he runs himself into a killshot from the safety. Rodgers just airmailed the throw.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

December 20, 2022 at 12:03 am

I was more interested in individual performances - realizing that I was watching a couple of also ran teams. Rodgers was just OK but he still can't throw a long ball (except for an INT). Enjoyed watching Walker, Enagbare and even Wyatt flash on defense. I am still in a state of disbelief that we may have a legitimate KR (Nixon) - after all these years. I thought it ungracious that Rodgers threw Watson under the bus in his post game interview - for not looking for the pass thrown to him. He could have simply said that there was a miscommunication and let the rookie off the hook. Now what really matters for the next 3 games is how much will Love play?

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Lphill's picture

December 20, 2022 at 05:15 am

Rodgers did not throw Watson under the bus , Watson screwed himself out of a TD , Rodgers was laughing about it .

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HawkPacker's picture

December 20, 2022 at 06:00 am

Lp, I totally agree. Some just want to stir the pot with Rodgers.

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jlc1's picture

December 20, 2022 at 07:21 am

Some want to stir the pot on Rodgers? I would say half the reason these sites exist is for people to do that.

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jannes bjornson's picture

December 20, 2022 at 11:17 am

They stir some type of Pot.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

December 20, 2022 at 12:19 pm

I wonder if Rodgers was laughing about the interception he threw directly to the Rams player?

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Fubared's picture

December 20, 2022 at 08:22 am

Based on last night I can easily see this team lose the next three.
The bright spot was the receivers got open and had good hands. This team is set at receiver other then needing a tight end with speed to get those short passes for first downs like the Vikes do with their three top tight ends.
I mean the Rams were a shell of themselves. They can barely field a team. We played their second and third stringers last night.
Miami will not be anything like last night.

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BAMABADGER's picture

December 20, 2022 at 04:08 pm

A fine win against a defeated, scout team. Next week should be a real test. A loss should eliminate any chance of a one and done playoff game. If we are down by 14 at halftime, play Love to start the second half. See if he can turn the game around under pressure. Regardless, give him the keys to finish against the Vikings and Lions. GPG! Merry Christmas to all!

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The_Baloney_Stops_Here's picture

December 20, 2022 at 05:17 pm

Yay another week of delaying the inevitable. The team that refuses to accept reality.

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