Packers Hold Off Buccaneers, 14-12

Packers Win Defensive Battle, 14-12
Chris O’Meara, Associated Press

The Packers held off the Buccaneers in a defensive slugfest resulting in a Packers 14-12 win. Many expected the bout to be low scoring because of both teams were dealing with many injuries. This was found to be true in spite of either team being led by Hall of Famers. The loads of defensive talent by both teams were constantly shining and on display overshadowing the quarterbacks.

At the beginning of the game, it looked like that may not have been the case, at least of the Packers. In the first two drives, Rodgers and the Packers ran the length of the field finding paydirt both times. On the opening drive, Rodgers ultimately found rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs on short slant for the score. The second drive ended in wide receiver Allen Lazard being on the receiving end of a touchdown pass. The Packers were driving again late in the second quarter after already leading 14-3 while an opening drive field goal was all the Buccaneers had to show for their efforts.

However, the Buccaneers were able to get a stop at the goal line, forcing running back Aaron Jones to fumble. While the stop may have saved the game from being over early, it did not result in any points. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman gave the ball right back with a fumble of his own. Rookie linebacker Quay Walker and safety Adrian Amos combined forced it.

Coming out in the second, the Buccaneers defense managed to adjust and as a result, didn’t allow a Packers score for the rest of the game. They even managed to pick off Aaron Rodgers courtesy of cornerback Logan Ryan which then resulted in a field goal bringing the score to 14-6. That’s how the score remained entering the last drive of the fourth quarter.

Tom Brady managed to string together enough throws eventually resulting in a touchdown to wide receiver Russell Gage. On the ensuing two-point attempt, the offense couldn’t get the snap off resulting in a delay of game. With 4th and short now 4th and 7, both sides knew the Buccaneers had to throw. Brady’s last throw to send the game into overtime was denied by linebacker DeVondre Campbell who managed to get a paw on it.

Campbell arguably was the player of the game with the game winning deflection on top of the 14 tackles he accumulated. Other notable players include Romeo Doubs totaled eight receptions on 8 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Russell Gage ended with 12 catches for 87 yards and score. Safety Mike Edwards of the Bucs led his team with 12 tackles.

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