Aaron Rodgers, Packers complete 37-second, game-winning drive vs. 49ers

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur yells as kicker Mason Crosby (R) makes a 51-yard, game-winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur yells as kicker Mason Crosby (R) makes a 51-yard, game-winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers completed several clutch throws to lead the Green Bay Packers on a game-winning drive with just 37 seconds remaining in a Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby made a 51-yard field goal as time expired to seal the 30-28 victory Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.


"What Aaron and the offense was able to do in 37 seconds makes it easy for me," Crosby told reporters. "I just go out there and do my job.

"I have been doing this a long time, [but] I still get excited every time those balls go through the uprights."

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Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 261 yards and two scores in the win. Wide receiver Davante Adams hauled in 12 catches for 132 yards and a score.


Crosby started the game with a 54-yard field goal on the Packers' first drive. Rodgers connected with Adams for a one-yard touchdown on the next possession for a 10-0 Packers lead.

The Packers put together a nine-play, 87-yard touchdown drive on their final possession of the first half. Running back Aaron Jones ended that drive with a three-yard run.

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The 49ers answered with an eight-play, 32-yard drive. Rookie quarterback Trey Lance ended that possession with a one-yard rushing touchdown to make the score 17-7 at halftime.

The 49ers orchestrated a 13-play, 83-yard drive to start the third quarter. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ended the possession with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk.

The Packers answered three drives later when Rodgers threw a 12-yard touchdown toss to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The 49ers cut the deficit to three points when running back Trey Sermon scored a one-yard rushing touchdown with 7:48 remaining.

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Crosby added a 38-yard field goal with 2:39 remaining to push the Packers lead to six points. The 49ers responded with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive.

Garoppolo connected with fullback Kyle Juszcyk for a 12-yard score to end that possession. 49ers kicker Robbie Gould made the point after attempt for the go-ahead point, but Rodgers responded with his clutch drive.


The Packers quarterback threw a 25-yard pass to Adams on the first play of the drive. He then spiked the ball to stop the clock and threw an incomplete pass.

Rodgers found Adams again on a 17-yard connection to get the Packers in field goal range. He hurried the Packers to the line of scrimmage and spiked the ball to stop the clock, allowing for Crosby to come onto the field for his game-winning attempt.

"My first thoughts were devising how I wanted to get us in field goal range, then it was how can I get 17 [Adams] the ball," Rodgers said.

Crosby made all three of his field goal attempts and three extra point attempts in the win.

Garoppolo completed 25 of 40 passes for 257 yards, two scores and an interception for the 49ers. He also lost and recovered a fumble.

"I think we got to play a lot better than we did," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "Just some of the mistakes that we made, especially early in the game in the first half, especially on third down with some critical situations.

"I think what you guys saw there at the end, just getting back into the game shows some of the players we have on our team. I thought there were some great individual efforts of guys just making unbelievable plays that got us in and gave us a chance to win that game. But some mistakes that we made throughout the game, you don't win a lot of football doing that and that's what we got to clean up."


The Packers (2-1) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) at 4:25 p.m. EDT Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. The 49ers (2-1) host the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at 4:05 p.m. EDT Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

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