Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) vs. New York Giants (1-5)
Final Score: Eagles 34, Giants 13
What a comeback performance by the defending Super Bowl champs in prime time. Philadelphia got off to a very early start by intercepting Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning on the second play of the game. Then, Carson Wentz torched the Giants defense by hitting Alshon Jeffery on a 13-yard strike to give the Birds an early 7-0 lead. The Eagles would continue this success all game and lead at halftime 24-6.
The Giants had no chance to win from the start. The turnover on the first drive coupled with Manning being sacked 4 times gave the fans in MetLife nothing to look forward to. The lone bright spot on the night for the G-Men was running back Saquon Barkley. The number two overall pick ran for 130 yards and caught 9 passes for 99 yards leaving him one yard short of becoming the first player in Giants history to have 100+ rushing and receiving.
The season outlooks on these two teams look vastly different with Philadelphia in place to overtake the division lead and New York having the worst record in the NFL. The Eagles now have time to prepare for a 3-1 Carolina Panthers squad who take on the Redskins and the Giants head to Atlanta to take on the dismal 1-4 Falcons in a game no one thought would have both teams with one win in it.
Carson Wentz, QB: 26/36, 278 yds, 3 TD
Corey Clement, RB: 11 rush, 43 yds, 1 TD, 3.9 ypc
Alshon Jeffery, WR: 8 rec, 74 yds, 2 TD
Zach Ertz, TE: 7 rec, 43 yds, 1 TD
New York Giants
Eli Manning, QB: 24/43 281 yds, 1 INT
Saquon Barkley, RB: 13 rush, 130 yds, 1 TD, 10.0 ypc; 9 rec, 99 yds
Odell Beckham Jr., WR: 6 rec, 44 yds
Written by: Rusty Miller
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) vs. Atlanta Falcons (2-4)
Final Score: Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 29
The Falcons have finally gained their second win of the season, and with big implications to boot. Following a rough three-game skid, including dropping two games at home, the Falcons barely edged out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a wildly entertaining contest. Fans were expecting a shootout because of the bad secondary play from both squads, and while it took some time to materialize, the fans in attendance got their money’s worth. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who many seem to criticize for his play this season, continued an incredible hot streak over the past four weeks, throwing the most yards and touchdowns in that span without an interception. The Buccaneers return home to welcome a surprisingly tough Cleveland team, while Atlanta welcomes the reeling New York Giants on Monday Night Football.
The game started off as many would expect, with Atlanta’s defense surrendering a touchdown. The Falcons would answer right back, scoring touchdowns on their next three possessions to build a 21-6 lead, and would hold a 24-13 lead entering halftime. The second half saw the Bucs ramp up the pressure on defense, allowing their offense to play catch-up. However, two critical interceptions put a damper on their scoring. In the final two minutes, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn put his trust in kicker Matt Bryant, and the self-professed “Money Man” delivered from 57 yards out. The Bucs had one final chance to win the game, driving down to the Falcons 21, but a desperate hook-and-ladder play failed to reach Desean Jackson properly, and Atlanta fans went home happy.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston, QB: 30/41, 395 yds, 4TD, 2INT; 5 rush, 31yds
Peyton Barber, RB: 13 rush, 82 yds, 6.3 ypc; 4 rec, 24 yds
O.J. Howard, TE: 4 rec, 62 yds, TD
Chris Godwin, WR: 6 rec, 56 yds, TD
Matt Ryan, QB: 31/41, 354 yds, 3 TD; 1 rush, 13 yards
Julio Jones, WR: 10 rec, 143 yds
Austin Hooper, TE: 9 rec, 71 yds, TD
Written by: Joe Carlino
Carolina Panthers (3-2) vs. Washington Redskins (3-2)
Final Score: Washington 23, Carolina 17
Coming off a dismal Monday night performance that saw Josh Norman get benched, Washington was put in a bind with the Carolina Panthers coming to town six days later. It turns out that Norman just had a bad night on Monday, because he would cause two critical turnovers to give his squad a crucial 23-17 victory at Fedex Field yesterday. The Redskins defense gave Carolina problems all day, and Cam Newton and the Panther running game was unable to really get into a groove. Now sitting a 3-2, Washington still holds a narrow 0.5 game lead over the Eagles and Cowboys in the NFC East, while Carolina falls to 1.5 games out with New Orleans on a bye. Washington now faces the Cowboys at home on Sunday, while Carolina continues their road trip to Philadelphia.
Following opening drive punts by both squads, a fumble by D.J. Moore set up Washington at the Carolina 22, and they would score on the very next play. The score would eventually bloom to 17-0 following two turnovers courtesy of Josh Norman (interception and forced fumble). Carolina would get their first score on a nice throw by Newton and a Randy Moss-like catch by Devin Funchess. Graham Gano, who made a game-winner last week, missed the ensuing PAT. The teams would trade field goals prior to another Carolina touchdown, but Washington would kick a field goal with 3:15 left in the contest, and a final drive by the Panthers would stall out at the Washington 16.
Cam Newton, QB: 27/40, 275 yds, 2 TD, INT; 9 rush, 43 yds
Christian McCaffrey, RB: 8 rush, 20 yds, 2.5 ypc; 7 rec, 46 yds
Devin Funchess, WR: 5 rec, 74 yds, TD
Alex Smith, QB: 21/36, 163 yds, 2TD; 6 rush, 13 yds
Adrian Peterson, RB: 17 rush, 97 yds, 5.7 ypc
Vernon Davis, TE: 3 rec, 48 yds, TD
Paul Richardson, WR: 3 rec, 31 yds, TD
Written by: Joe Carlino
Seattle Seahawks (3-3) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-5) (London)
Final Score: Seahawks 27, Raiders 3
The first game played in London during the 2018 season, was nothing more than a blowout as the Raiders couldn’t get anything going making mistakes throughout the contest. After allowing 6 sacks on the day, Derek Carr was caught tearing-up due to a minor injury sustained after contact. The Seahawks were clicking on all cylinders effectively running the ball, with their three headed attack in Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis, while they were able to get number 1 receiver doug Baldwin reintegrated in the offense. It was an afternoon that saw Derek Carr miss throws and Beast Mode continuously get stuffed at the line.
The Seahawks got rolling with an opening drive that lasted 7:36 seconds culminating in a score. Russell Wilson got back on track passing for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns while defensive end Frank Clark lead the charge to the tune of 2.5 sacks including a pair of strip sacks. Seattle heads into their bye week on much needed win that put the Seahawks back at .500 and ready to make a push towards the playoffs.
Russell Wilson, QB: 17/23, 222 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Doug Baldwin, WR: 6 rec, 91 yds
Frank Clark, DE: 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks
Derek Carr, QB: 23/31, 142 yds
Marshawn Lynch, RB: 13 rush, 45 yds, 3.5 ypc
Jalen Richard, RB: 2 rush, 3 yds, 1.5 ypc, 7 rec, 48 yds
Amari Cooper, WR: 0 rec, 0 yds (Injured in Game)
Written by: Jason Feiner
Indianapolis Colts (1-5) vs. New York Jets (3-3)
Final Score: Jets 42, Colts 34
This was a back and forth contest, but the Jets ended up pulling away with the lead when it counted. The Colts tried to fight their way back to tying up the game, but as in most of their games, they fell just short. Sam Darnold was impressive after throwing an early interception, as he was poised and looked confident in his offense. Indianapolis is plagued by drops — one led to a pick-six and another led to them settling for a field goal. This game came down to the battle of turnovers, the Jets won that and made sure to take advantage of those opportunities.
While the mistakes killed Indianapolis early in the game, they still had an opportunity to grab a win in this game. Down 36-27, Luck misread a coverage and Darron Lee picked him off. While they still almost came back later in the game, this was a crucial point because the Colts were gaining all the momentum and if they scored on that drive, there was plenty of time to change the outcome in this one. Indianapolis still needs to cut out the turnovers and drops. The Jets will be looking to continue their winning streak and get over .500 next week.
Andrew Luck, QB: 23/43, 301 yds, 4 TD, 3 INT
Marlon Mack, RB: 12 rush, 89 yds, 7.4 ypc
Eric Ebron, TE: 4 rec, 71 yds, 1 TD
New York Jets
Sam Darnold, QB: 24/30, 280 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Bilal Powell, RB: 16 rush, 59 yds, 3.7 ypc
Jermaine Kearse, WR: 9 rec, 94 yds, TD
Written by: Cody Manning
Arizona Cardinals (1-5) vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1)
Final Score: Vikings 27, Cardinals 17
This game was dominated by the Vikings. Minnesota jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Their running game was highlighted not by Dalvin Cook, who is still out with a hamstring Injury, but by Latavius Murray, who rumbled for an impressive 155 yards on 6.5 yards per carry and a touchdown. Although the pass game struggled to gain traction, Adam Thielen continued his impressive streak of six consecutive games of 100+ receiving yards to begin the season. The Vikings defense was a big key to the victory; they accrued 4 sacks and two turnovers on the outing.
Arizona falls to 1-5 on the season, and their performance was fairly forgettable. After a poor showing this past Sunday, it is becoming clear that there are some major deficiencies in the roster, coaching staff, and organization. The Cardinals couldn’t get anything going and Josh Rosen hasn’t been great with any of his opportunities. Failing to throw a touchdown and recording his first interception on the season, he received little help from his supporting cast, though David Johnson was able to continue his three game touchdown streak. The Cardinals defense was the lone bright spot, and Chandler Jones added 1.5 sacks to his total. A lot will need to change in Arizona if they want to get back in the win column.
Josh Rosen, QB: 21/31, 240 yds, 1 INT
David Johnson, RB: 18 rush, 55 yds, 1 TD, 3.1 ypc, 1 fum,
Christian Kirk, WR: 6 rec, 77 yds
Kirk Cousins, QB: 24/34, 233 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 4 rush, 14 yds, 1 TD
Latavius Murray, RB: 24 rush, 155 yds, 1 TD, 6.5 ypc
Adam Thielen, WR: 11 rec, 123 yds, 1 TD
Written by: Jason Feiner
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
Final Score: Steelers 28, Bengals 21
It looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers may be back and ready to run the AFC North. They continued their winning ways in this rivalry game, defeating the Bengals 28-21. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the way with 369 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster both finished with 100+ yard performances. The Bengals were led by the passing game as well, as Andy Dalton finished with 229 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were thrown to Tyler Boyd. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, it wasn’t enough as the Steelers earned their second consecutive win.
This was a back and forth battle from the very beginning. Cincinnati got on the board first on a touchdown pass from Dalton to Boyd, which was followed by two touchdown runs by Pittsburgh workhorse James Conner. Another touchdown catch from Boyd made it 14-14 at the half. The Steelers led 17-14 going into the fourth quarter and increased it to 20-14 following a field goal from Chris Boswell. Cincinnati answered by driving down the field and finishing with a touchdown run by Joe Mixon to take a 21-20 lead. Pittsburgh then called upon their playmaking wide receiver Antonio Brown on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 10 seconds left to win the game 28-21.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB: 32/46, 369 yds, 1 TD
James Conner, RB: 19 rush, 111 yds, 2 TD, 5.8 ypc
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR: 7 rec, 111 yds
Antonio Brown, WR: 5 rec, 105 yds, 1 TD
Andy Dalton, QB: 26/42, 229 yds, 2 TD
Joe Mixon, RB: 11 rush, 64 yds, 1 TD, 5.8 ypc
AJ Green, WR: 7 rec, 85 yds
Tyler Boyd, WR: 7 rec, 62 yds, 2 TD
Written by: Ryan Lippert
Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) vs. Cleveland Browns (2-3-1)
Final Score: Chargers 38, Browns 14
This game never had a chance of being close. The Chargers took control from the very beginning and never looked back. Melvin Gordon had a huge day for the Chargers, finishing with 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Philip Rivers was the winning quarterback, throwing for 207 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were thrown to Tyrell Williams. The Browns could never get going offensively as rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was held to 238 yards and one touchdown while throwing two interceptions.
The Chargers got on the board early in this one, scoring on a touchdown run by Gordon in the first quarter. That was followed by two touchdown receptions by Williams to take a 21-6 lead going into the half. Los Angeles opened the second half with two more touchdown runs by Gordon to extend their lead to 35-6 heading into the fourth quarter. The Browns scored on a touchdown pass from Mayfield to David Njoku to make the score look a little better but it was too little, too late as they fell 38-14.
Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers, QB: 11/20, 207 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Melvin Gordon, RB: 18 rush, 132 yds, 3 TD, 7.3 ypc
Tyrell Williams, WR: 3 rec, 118 yds, 2 TD
Baker Mayfield, QB: 22/46, 238 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Carlos Hyde, RB: 14 rush, 34 yds, 2.4 ypc
David Njoku, TE: 7 rec, 55 yds, 1 TD
Written by: Ryan Lippert
Buffalo Bills (2-4) vs. Houston Texans (3-3)
Final Score: Texans 20, Bills 13
The first half of the game belonged to the Texans. Houston took a 10-0 lead going into halftime after two botched punts (one blocked, one muffed) by the Bills gave the Texans great field position. It looked like an easy ride toward a win for the Texans, but then then second half happened. The Bills pass rush, which was dormant in the first half, awoke in the second to force numerous turnovers. This prompted a lackluster game from Josh Allen, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 84 yards, but left in the third quarter with an injury. He was replaced by Nathan Peterman, who played well, but committed two turnovers towards the end of the fourth quarter to let the Texans come out on top of this ugly battle.
The muffed punt lead to a Deandre Hopkins score and Houston’s only touchdown on the day, and the blocked punt resulted in three points for Houston. The Bills then went on to kick two field goals in the third quarter, but the game’s next touchdown was not scored until Nathan Peterman found Zay Jones in the back of the endzone in the fourth quarter to give the Bills the lead. Deshaun Watson finally found his rhythm and led his team down the field for a Ka'imi Fairbairn game tying field goal with 1:34 left in the contest. Nathan Peterman then had his chance to lead his team on a game winning drive but threw a pick-six to Jonathan Joseph instead. Peterman had another chance the next drive but threw yet another pick and shut down any chance of a Bills comeback.
Josh Allen, QB: 10/17, 84 yds
LeSean McCoy, RB: 16 rush, 76 yds, 4.75 ypc
Kyle Williams, DT: 2 Sacks
Deshaun Watson, QB: 15/25, 177 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Deandre Hopkins, WR: 5 rec, 63 yds, 1 TD
Jonathan Joseph, CB: 6 tackles, 1 TD
Written by: George Haraktsis
Chicago Bears (3-2) vs. Miami Dolphins (4-2)
Final Score: Dolphins 31, Bears 28
Now, if someone were to say that Brock Osweiler would be starting for the Dolphins against Khalil Mack and the Bears defense, not a single analyst or expert in their right mind would have picked Miami to win. Yet somehow, that’s exactly what happened, and the Bears let one slip away. Despite the team's undefeated record at home, the Dolphins were expected to lose handily on Sunday. Brock Osweiler may not have had a perfect game, as the backup QB did throw multiple interceptions, but he and the offense shocked the world by putting up 541 yards of offense against a Bears defense that was allowing under 300 yards per game.
Even with Miami’s stat sheet looking as good as it did, this was a 7-0 game with 13 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter before both teams exploded offensively. Chicago capitalized on a Brock Osweiler INT and some chunk plays from Tyler Gabriel and Tarik Cohen, while Miami fed the league’s 4th all-time rusher Frank Gore en route to a 100-yard game for the ageless one. Late in the game, Brock was able to connect with WR Albert Wilson on not one but two touchdown passes of 43 and 75 yards to send it into overtime. The Dolphins won the coin toss and proceeded to march down the field on the back of Frank Gore, which was nearly spoiled by a Kenyan Drake fumble at the 1-yard line. Thankfully for Miami, Chicago missed a 53-yard field goal and the Dolphins were able to seal an OT victory with a 47-yarder of their own.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB: 22/31, 316 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Jordan Howard, RB: 14 rush, 69 yds, 4.9 ypc
Taylor Gabriel, WR: 5 rec, 110 yds
Brock Osweiler, QB: 28/44, 380 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Frank Gore, RB: 15 rush, 101 yds, 6.7 ypc
Albert Wilson, WR: 6 rec, 155 yds, 2 TD
Written by: Jack Bourgeois
Los Angeles Rams (6-0) vs. Denver Broncos (2-4)
Final Score: Rams 23, Broncos 20
Denver’s icy wind and snowfall had major implications in this game, as this thriller came down to the wire. Both teams took different approaches with their game plan, as Case Keenum threw the ball 41 times, and Los Angeles decided to feed Todd Gurley, giving the talented runner 30 total touches. This contest was dominated by the LA ground game for most of the night, as they took a 20-3 lead late in the 3rd quarter. Denver came on strong in the end, out-scoring the high-flying Rams offense 17-10 in the second half, but their failure to recover an onside kick all but sealed the 6th consecutive win for the Rams, making them the lone undefeated team in the league.
The Rams took advantage of the frigid temperature by giving Todd Gurley 28 carries, which he took for a career high 208 yards and two touchdowns. This was a forgettable day for star quarterback Jared Goff, who only completed 50% of his passes for 201 yards with a game changing interception. After the Rams took a 20-3 lead Goff threw his lone interception in the red zone, turning into 7 points for the Broncos. Case Keenum took advantage of the momentum, accruing two touchdowns late in the day, but fell just short at home.
Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff, QB: 14/28, 201 yds, 1 INT
Todd Gurley, RB: 28 rush, 208 yds, 2 TD, 7.4 ypc; 2 rec, 17 yds
Robert Woods, WR: 7 rec, 109 yds, 1 rush, 12 yds
Case Keenum, QB: 25/41, 322 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Phillip Lindsay, RB: 4 rush, 18 yds, 4.5 ypc; 6 rec, 48 yds
Emmanuel Sanders, WR: 7 rec, 115 yds, 1 TD
Written by: Jason Feiner
Baltimore Ravens (4-2) vs Tennessee Titans (3-3)
Final Score: Ravens 21, Titans 0
In what was one of the most boring games of the season, the Baltimore Ravens absolutely trounced the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens’ defense did not let the Titans’ offense get into any sort of rhythm at any point on Sunday afternoon. Marcus Mariota looked completely off, and the Titans’ offensive line had trouble keeping him clean in the pocket. The play calling was also very suspect for the Titans. Although they do not have great playmakers, one has to wonder how Dion Lewis can only get 7 total touches in a game in which the Titans had to throw the ball from behind. To that point, Mariota only attempted 15 total passes. If things do not change in a hurry, this could be a lost season for the Titans.
The Ravens did not look spectacular, but they were able to find the endzone on three different occasions. It was nice to see Alex Collins utilized correctly, and I am sure that the Ravens were very happy to see that he did not put the ball on the ground this week. This was the first week that Michael Crabtree looked like his old self, catching a big touchdown and totalling 6 receptions. The Ravens have a good enough defense to compete in the AFC, but the offense must continue to show up like this week in and week out if they want to make a deep playoff run.
Joe Flacco, QB: 25/37, 238 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Alex Collins, RB: 19 rush, 54 yds, 2.8 ypc, 2 TDs
Michael Crabtree, WR: 6 rec, 93 yds, 15.5 ypc, 1 TD
Marcus Mariota, QB: 10/15, 117 yds, 2 rush, 25 yds
Derrick Henry, RB: 7 rush, 21 yds, 3.0 ypc; 1 rec, 5 yds
Adoree Jackson, CB: 8 solo tackles
Written by: Jake Leicht
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) vs. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)
Final Score: Cowboys 40, Jaguars 7
It’s unlikely that anyone saw what was coming in this game; Jacksonville certainly did not. The Dallas Cowboys looked as if they turned back the clock to 2016, Dak Prescott’s rookie season, in a 40-7 blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cowboys controlled the game from a physical standpoint on both sides of the ball, as evidenced by their 206 total rushing yards Prescott’s career high of 82 yards rushing on 11 carries. Dallas jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead as Blake Bortles and Co. couldn’t find any rhythm, finishing with just 204 yards of total offense for the day.
Cole Beasley was Prescott’s go-to receiver and was the recipient of each of Prescott’s two touchdown passes in the first half. After giving up a Dede Westbrook touchdown reception, the Dallas defense put an end to any whispers of a comeback by forcing turnovers on consecutive drives. The first one came when Bortles threw deep into double-coverage, resulting in a Jeff Heath INT and return down to the Jacksonville 8-yard line, leading to a Brett Maher field goal. The very next offensive snap for the visiting Jaguars was a Keelan Cole catch-and-fumble, recovered by Jourdan Lewis. This led to a 15-yard TD run by Elliott to officially slam the doors shut on a Jacksonville comeback attempt.
Blake Bortles, QB: 15/26, 149 yds, TD, INT; 4 rush, 22 yds
TJ Yeldon, RB: 8 rush, 41 yds, 5.1 ypc; 3 rec, 29 yds
Dede Westbrook, WR: 3 rec, 38 yds, TD
Dak Prescott, QB: 17/27, 183 yds, 2 TD; 11 rush, 82 yds, TD
Ezekiel Elliott, RB: 24 rush, 106 yds, TD, 4.4 ypc; 1 rec, 11 yds
Cole Beasley, WR: 9 rec, 101 yds, 2 TD
Written by: Greg Lehr
Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) vs. New England Patriots (4-2)
Final Score: Patriots 43, Chiefs 40
This game had the makings of one of the best games of the season and it did not disappoint. It was a back and forth battle from start to finish as two of the AFC’s best squared off. The Patriots were led by an outstanding performance from their rookie running back Sony Michel, who finished with 106 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Brady had a great game as well, throwing for 340 yards and a touchdown. For the Chiefs, quarterback Patrick Mahomes added to his MVP caliber season, finishing with 352 passing yards and four touchdowns. His main target was Tyreek Hill, who caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. However, that wasn’t enough, as the Patriots held on to win 43-40.
The Patriots jumped out to an early lead in this one. They scored twice on the ground on runs by Michel and also added a 17 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Julian Edelman to head into the half with a 24-9 lead. The Chiefs came firing back, opening the second half with a 67 yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Kareem Hunt. Mahomes connected on another touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill to head into the fourth quarter down 26-27. The fourth quarter was a back and forth shootout, with both offenses trading blows. Kansas City tied the game with 3:03 left with a 75 yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Hill. The Patriots answered by driving down the field and finishing with a 28-yard game winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski as time expired.
Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes, QB: 23/36, 352 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Kareem Hunt, RB: 10 rush, 80 yds, 8 ypc; 105 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Tyreek Hill, WR: 7 rec, 142 yds, 3 TD
New England Patriots
Tom Brady, QB: 24/35, 340 yds, 1 TD
Sony Michel, RB: 24 rush, 106 yds, 2 TD, 4.4 ypc
Julian Edelman, WR: 4 rec, 54 yds, 1 TD
Written by: Ryan Lippert
San Francisco 49ers (1-5) vs. Green Bay Packers (3-2-1)
Final Score: Packers 33, 49ers 30
An absolute thriller took place at Lambeau Field under the lights of Monday Night Football. An undermanned 49ers team led by backup C.J. Beathard went blow for blow with Aaron Rodgers, entering halftime up 24-20 and the final 2 minutes 30-23. But it was Rodgers who would have the last laugh. He led the Packers offense to 10 points in the final 1:55 seconds as they rallied past the 49ers.
A valiant effort from Beathard, who threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, couldn't overcome another classic Rodgers finish. After finding Davante Adams for the game tying score, Kevin King took the ball right back, intercepting the ball on the Packers 10 yard-line with 1:07 left on the clock. Although Green Bay may have been thinking overtime, Ty Montgomery rumbled for a 14 yard gain to start the drive, giving momentum to Green Bay’s offense. With no timeouts,. Aaron Rodgers scampered for 21 yards, spiking the ball with 19 seconds left and no timeouts. He then found Davante Adams (9 yards), Equanimeous St. Brown (19 yards) and Davante Adams again (19 yards) on the sideline, putting the ball on San Francisco’s 9 yard-line and setting up the game winning field goal. As time expired, Mason Crosby wrote all wrongs from the previous week hitting the game winner. In the final moments of the game, Green Bay went from a team nearing disaster, to a group with hope.
San Francisco 49ers
C.J. Beathard, QB: 16/23, 245 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 3 rush, 21 yds
Matt Breida, RB: 14 rush, 61 yds, 1 TD, 4.4 ypc
Raheem Mostert, RB: 12 rush, 87 yds, 7.2 ypc
Marquise Goodwin, WR: 4 rec, 126 yds, 2 TD
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers, QB: 25/46, 425 yds, 2 TD; 3 rush, 34 yds
Aaron Jones RB: 8 rush, 41 yds, 5.1 ypc
Davante Adams, WR: 10 rec, 132 yds, 2 TD
Mason Crosby: 4/4 FG, 3/3 XP, Game Winner
Written by: Jason Feiner