Recap: Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers
In frigid Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers outlasted the Washington Redskins. However, in a game between a Hall of Fame quarterback and a rookie quarterback making his 5th career start, the Packers running back, Aaron Jones, stole the show.
The Washington Redskins first possession quickly ends with a sack by Green Bay Packers defensive linemen, Kenny Clark and Kyler Fackrell. Because of the punt from deep in Redskins territory, the Packers start their first drive at mid-field.
Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers opens up with a 20-yard pass to tight end, Jimmy Graham. Because of Aaron Rodgers arm and legs, the Packers are quickly in scoring position. Three plays later, running back Aaron Jones scores from four yards out. Green Bay leads 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Washington is once again forced to punt Because of the first sack of the year by Green Bay Packers safety, Adrian Amos.
Again, Green Bay starts with excellent field position. However, Washington’s defensive lineman, Ryan Kerrigan, records a sack, ending the Packers drive. That is an excellent return for Kerrigan after missing his first game last week, after 139 straight starts.
Unable to move the ball, Washington is forced to punt.
Aaron Rodgers quickly exploits the Redskins defense for 25 yards, as he connects with tight end, Jimmy Graham. Once again, the Washington Redskins have trouble covering a tight end. A 16-yard run follows that play by running back Aaron Jones. Finally, the defense allows a 12-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Robert Tonyan. The Green Bay Packers extend the lead to14.
The Washington Redskins pick up their first, first down due to a neutral zone infraction penalty on Green Bay. However, a sack by former Redskin, Preston Smith, ends the short drive.
Because of two first downs and strong punt coverage by the Redskins, the Packers start in their own territory. However, a long run by Aaron Jones (42yards), quickly changes this. This is the running backs longest run of the season for the Green Bay Packers. But, the defense stiffness and induces a punt.
Washington, starting from their 5-yard line, pounds the ball with three straight times for 18 yards. Redskins running back, Adrian Peterson adds 11 more yards to the drive. Following Peterson, Washington running back, Derrius Guice, explodes through the line for 23 yards. However, Derrius Guice is slow to get up and never returns to the game. Adrian Peterson gains 13 more yards to put the Redskins at the 30-yard line. Peterson immediately fumbles the ensuing handoff, losing two yards.
However, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, hits wide receiver Kelvin Harmon for 30 yards, giving the Redskins a first and goal. Washington running back, Adrian Peterson, with a hard, gritty run, spins into the end zone. However, Dustin Hopkins misses the extra point. The score is now 14-6 in favor of the Packers.
Rodgers, moving the ball down the field with his arm, has the Packers in scoring position as the half winds down. However, a strip, sack, fumble recovery, by Redskins linebacker, Ryan Anderson ends the drive. And the half ends with an interception thrown by Washington’s quarterback. 14-6, Packers lead at the break.
The Green Bay Packers start the quarter with a play-action pass covering 15 yards. Running back Aaron Jones adds another 23 yards, as the Packers move down the field with ease. However, after one successful fourth down, the Packers are forced to settle for a 32-yard field goal. Green Bay now leads 17-6
The two teams then exchanged punts.
Penalties help Washington extend its next drive. The first catch of the day by Washington’s Terry McLaurin gives the team another first down. However, the Packers defense holds and forces the Redskins into a long field goal. Dustin Hopkins connects on a 52-yard field goal, his longest connection of the year, cutting the lead to eight.
The quarter ends with a 10-yard run from Packers Aaron Jones with Green Bay leading 17-9
Redskins rookie cornerback, Jimmy Moreland, starts the quarter with a tackle for a loss. The Packers punt two plays later.
Washington is also forced to punt.
Because of a sack by Washington defensive lineman, Matt Ioannidis, the Packers face a long 3rd down. This is Matt Ioannidis’s team-leading 8.5 sack of the year. This play sets the stage for the play of the game. When his team needing him the most, Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, trows his best pass of the day. Rodgers connects on a beautiful 25-yard pass, in between two Redskins, to Aaron Jones, extending the drive.
Green Bay continues to run the ball and the clock. Because Aaron Jones exploits the rush defense of the Redskins, the Packers can add a 33-yard field goal. The Packers extend the lead to 20-9 and use up most of the fourth quarter.
Dwayne Haskins runs the hurry-up offense and, behind two quick passes, has the Redskins in Green Bay territory. Haskins hits receiver Terry McLaurin for 21 yards and one to running back Chris Thompson. Because of another pass from Haskins to Chris Thompson across the middle, Washington has a first and goal. Dwayne Haskins launches a laser into the end zone. The rocket of a pass is, miraculously, caught, one-handed, by wide receiver Terry McLaurin, grabbing his sixth touchdown catch of the season. However, the two-point conversion is not successful, and the lead is 20-15.
The Green Bay Packers recover the onside kick and seal their 10th win of the season.
It appeared as though the Packers were going to run away with this game, but the Redskins defense kept them in the game. Playing short-handed, due to injuries to Quinton Dunbar and Ryan Kerrigan, Washington only gave up 20 points. However, with Dwayne Haskins, soldiering through ankle injuries, and the loss of Derrius Guice early in the second quarter, the offense couldn’t score enough.
The Washington defense had four sacks and held the great Aaron Rodgers to 195 yards. But they were unable to stop Aaron Jones. Whether it was running or receiving, Jones had his way today.
It was a valiant effort by the Washington Redskins, and it was a closer game than most thought. At the end of the day, the Packers are going to the playoffs, and the Redskins will not be. However, as has been the case since Bill Callahan took over, the Redskins showed up and played hard. On to Philadelphia! HTTR!
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Green Bay Packers: Aaron Jone 16 rushes for 134 yards and one touchdown. 6 receptions for 58 yards! 192 total yards.
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