The Packers looked sloppy on Sunday but ultimately got the job done with a powerful running game and a huge key play on defense. This game was a nail-biter to the end, with Brett Hundley getting his first overtime win in a stretch where the Packers just cannot lose another game if they want a chance at the playoffs. Let’s kick off these game balls with a celebratory game ball for the man himself, Aaron Jones.
This might be one of the best storylines outside of the potential Rodgers return and imminent playoff run the Packers could go on following his return. Aaron Jones was injured for the past few weeks, then took no snaps in Lambeau against Tampa Bay.
In overtime, after a long gain from Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones took 1 snap from Tampa Bay’s 20-yard line and ended the game in overtime with a touchdown. There isn’t much other to say other than Aaron Jones is a complete beast. He gets a game ball for his incredible play alone on Sunday.
Now that we got the special game ball out of the way, let’s give a hand to Jamaal Williams for straight up carrying the Packers to victory on Sunday. He was the entire offense as Brett Hundley and the defense seemed to be absent throughout the whole game.
Williams ran the ball 21 times for 113 yards and a TD, pretty much all in the first half and at the very end of the game. The Packers stood no chance without Williams in this game, so he gets another game ball for carrying the team. He is a complete bully at RB and looks like him and Aaron Jones are going to be a monstrous 1-2 punch in the future.
Big Dean Lowry made a huge play for the Packers, picking up a Jameis Winston fumble and taking it all the way 62 yards to the endzone, giving the Packers a huge spark in a game where they desperately needed one to bolster their lead as the offense was looking slow.
A name that hasn’t been seen much for the Packers this season, Lowry gets his first game ball of the season after his massive momentum play for the Packers.
Clay Matthews/Kenny Clark
This duo is getting a game ball as well for their spectacular individual performances that they gave the Packers while the defense struggles with a pass rush problem. Clark finished the game with the first 2 sacks of his career, as well as forcing the fumble on Jameis Winston that gave Dean Lowry a chance to return the ball to the endzone.
Matthews returned from a 1 game absence and showed up in the way that we know him, with 2.5 sacks and 6 tackles, being a complete disruption for the offense. Both of them are getting a game ball for showing up and helping the team secure the W on Sunday.
Game Ball Totals
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Blake Martinez: 2
Jamaal Williams: 2
Aaron Jones: 2
Davante Adams: 1.5
Damarious Randall: 1.5
Brett Hundley: 1.5
Clay Matthews: 1
Kenny Clark: 1
Dean Lowry: 1
Brian Bulaga: 1
Nick Perry: 1
Ha Ha Clinton Dix: 1
Mike Daniels: 1
Packers D: 1
Davon House: 0.5
This is one of my most fruitful Game Ball articles yet, with actually 5 game balls being given out after a performance that seemed lacking, but these 5 players showed up when their teammates were struggling to help the Packers get the must-win victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Did I miss anybody else?