The losing streak is finally over! Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and the Green Bay Packers are back in the win column. Now at 4-6, the Packers have kept their playoff chances alive on the backs of some timely plays by some unlikely players.
This was a coming out game if there ever was one for Christian Watson. The Packers’ second round pick had four catches for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Watson is the first Packers rookie wide receiver with 100 yards and three touchdowns in a game since James Lofton.
Christian Watson is the first Packers rookie with 100 yards receiving and three TD catches in a game since James Lofton (1978), per @ESPNStatsInfo
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) November 14, 2022
The first two touchdown passes that Watson caught were on deep throws. This was the facet of the game that the Packers were waiting for him to help them with. The second was on this short slant route in the red zone.
Christian Watson, count 'em.
Not 1. Not 2. THREE.pic.twitter.com/dPCaADSldX
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 14, 2022
He also had a message for Packers fans after scoring his third touchdown:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 14, 2022
Packers fans have been saying it all year: give Aaron Jones the ball and watch us win. Of course, there is more to it than that, but giving the ball to the best playmaker on the team is always a good idea. In the Packers’ win, Jones had 24 carries for 138 yards and this touchdown:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 13, 2022
Jones also had two receptions for 18 yards. In addition to Jones, AJ Dillon had 13 carries for 65 yards. As a team, the Packers rushed for 207 yards against the Cowboys.
With Eric Stokes likely out for the season, Darnell Savage moved up to the slot position. This meant that Rudy Ford was given the opportunity to play more safety. It was a brilliant move by the team to give him more snaps. Ford ended up with four tackles and two interceptions. His first was a big one that kept the Cowboys out of the end zone:
— 𝐽𝐸𝑁 𝑀𝐴𝐶𝐾 🧀 (@BigMack_4) November 13, 2022
I am not sure what to even say at this point. I’ll just leave you with this stat: Amari Rodgers has eight career receptions and seven career fumbles.
Someone keeps making the decision to put Amari Rodgers in as punt returner, and that someone is Rich Bisaccia. There is no question that the rest of the special teams unit is much improved from last season. However, it is coaching malpractice to keep putting Rodgers in at punt returner.
Matt LaFleur’s Clock Management
The Packers won the game in overtime, but they had the opportunity to win it in regulation. They got the ball back with a little less than two minutes left, but failed to pick up a first down and ran down the clock. Why didn’t they use their timeouts? What was with the play-calling? Even Aaron Rodgers went off on Matt LaFleur on the sideline for that.
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