Kyler Fackrell looped around the center and blocked a punt, giving the Packers the ball in Buccaneers territory. The earliest Rodgers could play would be December 17 at Carolina - giving him a chance to play in the final three games after leading the team to a 4-1 start before his injury - and before he went down, the Packers offense wasn't exactly a balanced operation.
The problem for the Packers is they've put themselves in a must-win situation in the race for the NFC playoffs and can't afford for Hundley to perform inconsistently while learning on the job. He completed 13-of-22 passes for 84 yards and posted a passer rating of 48.3. But whatever you want to call it - a deflection, perhaps? - it was also the kind of big special teams play the Packers have sorely lacked all season.
In his seven games, he only has five touchdown passes, with two rushing touchdowns to add to it. "Running the ball, as long as we get 4 or 5 (yards) each time, we're in good shape". It lets him know that we're here to help him.
The Packers kept hope alive Sunday as Aaron Jones scored on a 20-yard touchdown run on his first carry of day with 5:59 remaining in overtime.
"Obviously, Aaron's the guy in Green Bay".
"Fantastic. It's big development", veteran left tackle David Bakhtiari said of the run game.
Back after missing three games with a right shoulder injury, Winston fumbled on a sack by Kenny Clark in the second quarter. "Hopefully, that pays dividends when he is, if he is able to come back, just because I think we've had to overcome a lot of adversity". "And at the end of the day, we did what we had to do to win the game".
Even if Jones plays, Jamaal Williams is expected to be Green Bay's lead back against the Buccaneers, the source said. When Barber gained 34 yards on a screen and the Bucs advanced to the Packers' 30 on the ensuing possession, Clark and Lowry combined on the sack-strip for a touchdown.
With Rodgers back at practice, we can only hope the Packers are able to stay afloat and make a push for the playoffs.
"That's big. Those young guys are doing a great job handling everything - from the playbook, to what they're doing on the field, to handling the success they're having", veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson said. Actually, the way Hundley and the Packers threw the football against the Buccaneers, it might be more accurate to say they stumbled upon a winning formula they can use until Rodgers returns. With the Buccaneers showing an all-out blitz, though, McCarthy said Hundley made the right decision rather than going with a handoff.
The Packers registered a season-high seven sacks, the most since they had seven in a September 2015 game against Kansas City. Even if Rodgers gets a full clean bill of health from medical professionals, it would seem near worthless to hurl him on the field in games that have no real mattering attached to them.