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The Green Bay Packers avert disaster on Monday Night Football

What. A. Game. The Green Bay Packers came away with the win at home against the San Francisco 49ers with a last second field goal by Mason Crosby. After being 1/5 last week against the Detroit Lions, Mason Crosby had a sort of a redemption game by converting on each of his 4 kicks, including the 27 yard game winner.

The Packers came into this home game as a 9.5 point favorite against the 49ers second string quarterback, CJ Beathard  (Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL back in week 4). The ESPN crew started hyping up the band ‘Garbage,’ who, being from Wisconsin, would play at halftime. Garbage is a perfect description of how the defenses for both teams played in the first half. The game started off with a bang. The 49ers received the ball to start the first half and drove down the field to score a touchdown on a 7 play 75 yard drive in a little over four minutes. How did the Packers answer? The first play from scrimmage, Rodgers hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling (rookie drafted in the 5th round out of USF) on a bootleg pass for 60 yards. The Packers would score three plays later with a Ty Montgomery rushing touchdown.  On the ensuing kickoff, the 49ers D.J. Reed fumbled and the Packers would recover. The Packers took the lead on a Mason Crosby field goal to go up 10-7. The offenses would not stop scoring. In the first half, 44 points (24-20, 49ers lead) were scored across 13 possessions. 8 out of the 13 possessions ended in points.

The Packers started the second half with the ball. They have scored on every first second half possession this season, being the only team to do that up to this point. This streak continued as Rodgers lead his team down the field for a Mason Crosby field goal. The defenses in the second half turned around and were actually pretty good. The 49ers answered the Packers first drive with a field goal of their own to go up 27-23. The third quarter dragged a little bit and then the fireworks began again in the fourth. Once the 49ers lead by 7 points (30-23), the teams exchanged the ball back and forth until the 49ers punted the ball back to the Packers with 2:59 left on the clock. Rodgers immediately hit Davante Adams for a 38 yard gain down to the 49ers 20 yard line. With 2:09 left to go, Rodgers hit Jimmy Graham with a 4 yard gain. The two minute warning hit and on third and six, the 49ers sent a blitz and Rodgers threw a perfect ball in the corner of the end zone for Davante Adams. Crosby kicked the game tying extra point and with how much time remained, the 49ers had a shot to win this game without overtime.

On the ensuing kickoff, the 49ers returner, Richie James returned the ball to their own 32 yard line, but Tony Brown pushed him when he was already out of bounds causing an unnecessary roughness penalty. On third down of this drive, the Packers sent an all-out blitz in which Beathard chucked a pass deep to Marquise Goodwin which was a tad underthrown and picked off with 1:13 remaining on the clock by last year’s second round pick, Kevin King. The Packers start their drive, tied 30-30, with 1:13 remaining in the game from their own 10 yard line with 0 timeouts. Ty Montgomery starts the drive with a 14 yard rush and gets out of bounds. With 1:01 left, Rodgers misses Davante Adams for what would have been a 20+ yard gain. The Packers get a delay of game penalty to make it second and fifteen. Rodgers is pressured on second and fifteen and misses Lance Kendricks down the left sideline. At this point in the game, the Packers had been 0-10000000 in third downs with more than 10 yards to go. Rodgers gets sacked, BUT, Richard Sherman on the 49ers is called for a ticky tack illegal contact on Davante Adams which gives the Packers a fresh set of downs. Rodgers then scrambles on the next play for 21 yards up to the Packers 44 yard line. Rodgers spikes the ball with 20 seconds to go. On second down, Rodgers went to Davante for 8 yards and out of pounds to stop the clock at the 49ers 47 yard line. Then, magic happened. Rodgers through a back shoulder on third and two to Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame rookie 6th round draft pick) out of bounds looking like Jordy Nelson to get the team within field goal range at the 49ers 28 yard line. With 10 seconds to go, Rodgers chucks the ball to Davante Adams for 19 yards down the sideline, pushed out of bounds down to the SF 9 yard line. Crosby comes on with 3 seconds left and wins the game with a chip shot 27 yard field goal. WOW.

People have exclaimed in the past (sup Skip Bayless) that Rodgers is not a clutch quarterback. If you go back to the 2015 season through yesterday, Packers differential in points from Quarters 1-3 is -91. In the 4th quarter alone, the Packers are +105. CLUTCH. Aaron Rodgers also became the first player in NFL history with back-to-back games with 400+ yards passing and zero interceptions. The Packers go into their bye week with a 3-2-1 record; second place in the NFC North. The San Francisco 49ers take their 1-5 last place record in the NFC West home to play against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

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