Packers stay alive with overtime victory over Bucs
Dec 04 2017
Jones, who played his collegiate football at the University of Texas El-Paso, was selected by the Packers in the fifth round (182nd pick overall) of the NFL Draft back in April. In the 72-yard, game-winning drive, Williams ran for 15 yards and caught a 12-yard pass.
With their 26-20 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a bit of help from an Atlanta Falcons (7-5) loss, the Packers (6-6) are now 1.5 games behind the Seattle Seahawks (7-4) for the sixth and final playoff seed (a wild card berth) in the NFC. Brett Hundley had runs of 18 and 7 yards on the drive to start overtime.
The Packers kept their season alive, at 6-6, with four games to play despite just 84 passing yards from Hundley, who was 13-of-22 with an 48.3 passer rating.
Two big plays by Green Bay's beleaguered special teams and defense provided a 17-10 halftime lead.
Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes to Cameron Brate in the quarterback's shaky return from a shoulder injury. He passed for 270 yards and two touchdowns and running back Peyton Barber ran for 102 yards.
But Winston had defenders in his face all day and had trouble holding on to the ball.
On a ideal December day for offensive football, the Packers blocked a punt (even if statistically what Kyler Fackrell did was not considered a block), scored a defensive touchdown on Dean Lowry's fumble recovery and sacked Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston seven times.
Lowry turned that into a 17-7 lead when he snatched the ball in mid-air from Winston on a strip-sack by Kenny Clark. Jones also had an impressive year during his sophomore collegiate campaign, totaling 1,321 yards and 11 scores on the ground.
Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan departed in the fourth quarter with a neck injury.
He was carted off the field and later diagnosed with a sprained MCL.