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Packers Finish Strong In Cleveland, Win In OT For 2nd Straight Week

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Packers Finish Strong In Cleveland

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For the second straight week, dramatically, the Packers won on a touchdown in overtime. Green Bay would finish strong in Cleveland, after falling behind late in the game. Brett Hundley and Davante Adams connected twice for touchdowns, as both had dominant performances. Jamaal Williams added more than a hundred scrimmage yards for the third straight game. Additionally, the special teams and defensive units made big plays down the stretch, keeping Green Bay in the game. More importantly, the Packers found a way to remain in the playoff race with this Week 14 victory.


The Packers would take the opening drive of the game 74 yards down the field for a touchdown. Brett Hundley found a wide-open Jamaal Williams for a 30-yard score as he scrambled to his right. However, three unanswered touchdowns over the course of shutout second and third quarters would put the Packers down 21-7 against the winless Browns.

Green Bay opened the fourth quarter with Jamaal Williams, and it worked. From the 17 of the Browns, Williams worked the ball down to the goal line in five plays. Packers then trailed 21-14. The defense of the Packers would hold strong, forcing the Browns to punt on each fourth-quarter possession. That being said, it was a 65-yard return from  Trevor Davis that set Hundley and the offense up to tie the game. Working from his own 10-yard line, Davis dashed and darted his way to great field position, with just 2:37 remaining.

A pair of running plays took the time down to the two-minute warning, as the Packers sat outside the 15-yard line. Three plays later, Hundley took a draw up the middle for what looked like a touchdown, but upon review left the Packers at the one-yard line. With 17 seconds left, Hundley found Davante Adams for the game-tying score.


Overtime opened in favor of the Browns, but the momentum would quickly turn to the Packers side. On their opening possession, Clay Matthews provided pressure on a third and short. The result yielded a duck thrown into the air and Josh Jones‘ first career interception at the Cleveland 42. However, it was not until creeping just outside the red zone that Green Bay would close it out. Hundley found Davante Adams on a screen, and he did the rest. After being sent in motion into trips formation behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Adams took the pass. The blockers sprang him free, and a spin move sent him dancing to the end zone as the Packers left Cleveland victorious.

Standout Performances

Brett Hundley

The former UCLA star had arguably his best showing of the season in the win against Cleveland. In short, Hundley was immaculate. He completed 35 of 46 of his pass attempts for 265 yards along with three touchdowns. Additionally, he had another 31 yards on the ground as he led his team to their second straight overtime win. Moreover, he showed the ability to finish strong in close games when playing behind.

Davante Adams

Adams has developed into the number one wide receiver for the Packers with Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines. His play on Sunday further proved this, as he snagged ten receptions on 14 targets, six more than any other player. His 84 yards led all players in the game, but most importantly are his two touchdowns. The first tied the game and brought it to overtime on a beautiful out route. The second was the game-winning screen in overtime for 25 yards. Look for Adams to continue to build on his success as the Packers search for the playoffs.

Jamaal Williams

Williams enjoyed his third straight game with more than a hundred yards from scrimmage. On top of that, it is his third straight game with at least one touchdown and his fifth over that stretch. In this game, he snagged one through the air and punched another in at the goal line. With 49 yards on the ground and 69 receiving, Williams has developed into a multi-faceted back. Out of the seven targets thrown his way he was sure to hold onto all of them. It seems that Williams is on his way to earning the starting running back position outright.

Josh Jones

In the long run, safety Josh Jones received the highest Pro Football Focus rating of any player in Sunday’s game at 89.2. That being said, he did allow an early touchdown to Corey Coleman but made up for it throughout the game. Jones would break up multiple key passes as the game went on. However, it was his overtime interception that proved to be his biggest play of the game. Out jumping everyone on the play allowed him to get the ball back to the offense, setting up the Packer win. Jones was able to finish strong, showing why Green Bay took the rookie in the second round.

Trevor Davis

There had been a lot of talk from Davis heading into the game, even an article from the Packers website. Davis was truly on the verge of breaking a punt return for a long gain. His 65-yard punt return in the fourth quarter set up the Packers with great field position. More importantly, it came at the right time with 2:37 remaining, what happened to be the last possession of the game. Before that return, Davis had just a negative return to his name on the day. His playmaking ability and focus to finish strong will be essential for Green Bay as they look to return to the playoffs.

Photo by Mike Morbeck