SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The first comeback led to the second for the Green Bay Packers.
Without Davante Adams‘ speedy restoration from successful to the chest, Aaron Rodgers may not have damaged the San Francisco 49ers‘ coronary heart. But give Rodgers his finest receiver and let him have 37 seconds on the clock — even with no single timeout left — and he’ll get one of many NFL’s most dependable kickers the prospect to win it.
That’s precisely what Rodgers, Adams and Mason Crosby pulled off on Sunday night time at Levi’s Stadium. Two throws to Adams — one for 25 yards and one other for 17 — arrange Crosby’s game-winning 51-yard discipline objective as time expired for an inconceivable 30-28 victory.
“Yeah, you always worry with Aaron on the other side,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan stated.
Especially if he has Adams. That regarded questionable after 49ers security Jimmie Ward laid out Adams with 7:41 left within the recreation. The Packers star wideout spent a number of minutes on the bottom and whereas it appeared he might need taken a shot to the top, he stated the problem was he could not catch his breath.
Yet one play later, Adams returned. When requested how he returned so rapidly, Adams stated: “I’m different.”
But he was the identical previous Adams, who completed with 12 catches for 132 yards and a landing. Rodgers wanted him after the 49ers took the lead — their first of the sport — on Jimmy Garappolo‘s 12-yard landing cross to Kyle Juszczyk with 37 seconds left. That’s precisely how lengthy their lead lasted. When requested how a lot time he wanted for a comeback like this, Rodgers deadpanned: “Thirty-seven [seconds].”
LaFleur thought he may’ve executed it with much less. “Thirty-five seconds,” LaFleur stated. “Maybe 34.”
Rodgers hit Adams for 25 yards on a play that, whereas it wasn’t drawn up within the dust, was drawn up in follow solely three days earlier. A spike and an incompletion adopted with the Packers at midfield with 16 seconds to left. One extra throw to Adams for 17 yards, and Rodgers raced to the 33-yard line to spike it once more. When he did so with 3 seconds left, he pumped his proper arm.
“I don’t know [if that] sealed it,” Rodgers stated. “We still had a 51-yard field goal, but my old partner Mace, I felt good about him nailing that. He’s made some big kicks over the years.”
Crosby’s recreation winner was his third discipline objective of the night time and his twenty second straight courting to final season. Including playoffs, it was the third-latest game-winning drive in Rodgers’ profession by way of time left on the clock when he took over, in line with Elias Sports Bureau analysis.
After the ugly loss to the New Orleans Saints to open the season, Rodgers has thrown six touchdowns with out an interception the final two weeks. Playing with a third-string left sort out, Yosh Nijman, who had performed solely 14 NFL snaps earlier than Sunday night time, Rodgers was sacked solely as soon as. He was 23-of-33 for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
Adams, in the meantime, posted his second-straight 100-yard recreation and the twenty fifth of his profession.
“Just what a competitor, man,” LaFleur stated of Adams. “And then to go out there and have two big catches in the final 2-minute drive, he is the ultimate competitor. I think he’s the best receiver in the National Football League and I think he shows it on a weekly basis.”
After an icy post-game handshake that will have had one thing to do with the 49ers’ offseason pursuit of Rodgers, one thing that angered the Packers and had them considering tampering chargers this spring, Shanahan admitted that he was afraid his crew left Rodgers with an excessive amount of time. The 49ers snapped the ball with 12 seconds nonetheless left on the play clock earlier than their landing and will it have run the sport clock down additional.
“We were hoping to take it down,” Shanahan stated of the clock, “but it was a hell of an effort by Juice to get in.”
As for that handshake, Shanahan stated he was “pissed about the game” and “wasn’t trying to hang out too long in the middle of the field.” LaFleur insisted final week that his relationship along with his Shanahan, his former boss and mentor, was high-quality and claimed the fast handshake had nothing to do with that.
“That’s a tough moment for anybody to be in and I’m sure he was ticked off that we were able to take the ball down and kick a field goal to win the football game,” LaFleur stated. “We’ve had a lot of history together, so I’m not going to let anything come between our friendship.”
ESPN’s Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.
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