The Green Bay Packers got what they wanted. They had the undefeated Los Angeles Rams in their toughest battle of the season, and Aaron Rodgers was going to get to ball back, only down by one point. The Packers even had the benefit of getting the ball back with 2:05 left, using the two minute warning as their last timeout. It was a scenario the Packers have been in a few times this year, but completing this one would just feel different. The finish to this game was shaping up to be a Hollywood ending. On the following kickoff, that dream finish came to an abrupt halt.
Return man Ty Montgomery knew the plan. Take a knee in the end zone and get Rodgers the ball back. Everything seemed so simple. That was, until Montgomery took the ball a few yards in the end zone. He then started to make his way up field when he got hit at the 20 yard line. Montgomery lost control of the ball, and the Packers lost any hope of a victory.
Even in defeat, this might have been the most complete game the Packers have played all year. Aaron Jones continued to show his explosiveness, carrying the ball 12 times for 86 yards, including a 33 yard touchdown run. Eight different Packers caught a pass, topped by Davante Adams’ five catches for 133 yards. Cornerback Jaire Alexander was all over the field, deflecting five passes and keeping up with the speedy Brandin Cooks all game long. As a whole, the Packers sacked Rams quarterback Jared Goff five times, pressuring him for a majority of the game.
With several questions surrounding them pregame, the Packers play of Sunday should give the rest of the league plenty to think about. A running game seems to finally be coming to life. The young receivers are gaining more trust from their quarterback. A defense which in the past was more of a liability can actually be relied on. With the Minnesota Vikings losing Sunday night, the Packers still remain a half game back of the division lead. As the season hits the halfway point, there is plenty of newfound optimism in Green Bay.