Green Bay Packers 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 20: Notes

I worked during the game yesterday so I watched the game live on my phone and then watched the replay on record.

The Green Bay Packers managed to hold off the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday for a 24-20 win to push their record to 7-2 and claim the top seed in the NFC.

Offensive MVP: Marquez Valdes-Scantling

The third-year wide receiver, who’s been bad more often than he’s been good, had a career game yesterday. He caught four passes for 149 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown catch and run that jump started a listless Packers offense. In the fourth quarter, he had an 18-yard reception on what ended up being the game-winning drive.

MVS’s big day came on a day where stud receiver Devante Adams struggled a little bit (2 dropped passes and a fumble). So it was much needed for a Packers offense that’s been searching for a second receiver behind Adams.

Defensive MVP’s: Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary

This isn’t for the entire 60 minute game, but these three came to life the final two defensive possessions for the Packers to close things out. They consistently got to Jacksonville quarterback Jake Luton, including getting sacks from Gary and Preston Smith on back-to-back plays on the final drive to bring up 4th-and-26 (gulp!). Then it was Zadarius Smith’s turn, as he gave Luton zero time to look downfield, forcing him to scramble outside, never giving him a chance to find an open receiver.

It looked like they were going with a three-man rush before they called a timeout. Ended up going with a four-man rush and it paid off.

For the game, the three combined for 12 tackles, three sacks, four tackles for losses and four quarterback hits.

The Packers were without cornerbacks Kevin King (quad) and Jaire Alexander (concussion).

Tyler Ervin suffered a rib injury in the second quarter and didn’t return.

Devante Adams suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter but was able to return and ended up catching the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, which was his ninth of the season (tied for NFL lead).

Christian Kirksey had seven tackles in his first game back since week 3.

Green Bay (7-2) travels to Indianapolis to take on the Colts (6-3) on Sunday at 3:25 PM (CT).

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