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Packers survive Jaguars in unexpected thriller

The Packers (1-0) had to overcome some late-game theatrics from the Jaguars (0-1) in order to leave Jacksonville with a 27-23 victory. Aaron Rodgers was in MVP form but just as integral was their secondary, who came up with big plays in the closing minutes.

  1. In an evenly matched battle of promising defensive backfields, the Packers' secondary stood tall in the end. With the Jaguars in position for a game-winning touchdown with time running out, Quinten Rollins, Micah Hyde and Damarious Randall all made crucial plays to close the game out. Rollins had a jump ball pass breakup on Allen Robinson and an open-field tackle the next play to prevent a first down. Hyde and Randall made plays the next two snaps in the red zone to end Jacksonville's chances. Safeties Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also prevented the Jaguars' trademark big plays.
  1. The game was won in large part by the Packers' offensive line. Aaron Rodgers had a ton of time to survey the field throughout the game. While he didn't find open receivers early in the down often, he used his legs and insane arm to drop a number of "wow" plays on Jacksonville. Rodgers' 29-yard touchdown throw to Davante Adams while Jalen Ramseypulled Rodgers by the shirt will be one of the plays of the year. The rebuilt Jaguars secondary did their job overall but coach Gus Bradley has to be disappointed with his group's inability to rush the passer.
  1. Two offseason narratives surrounding star players for the Packers came through in a big way and bode well for their future. Eddie Lacy looked excellent. While fantasy heads won't be thrilled with his 78 yards from scrimmage, Lacy looked like his rugged old self. Clay Matthews also felt like a wild man unleashed on the outside of the Packers' defense. He caused a lot of disruption in addition to his sack and two tackles for loss.
  1. Give credit to Gus Bradley for coaching aggressive. The Jaguars went for fourth-and-5 in Packers territory in the first quarter and converted on the way to points. The practice came in handy when the team went for fourth down multiple times to keep the game alive before finally coming up short with 16 seconds remaining.
  1. Jordy Nelson might take some time to get in gear. He averaged 5.3 yards-per-catch on six grabs and only wound up with 32 yards receiving total on nine targets. His timing was off with Rodgers in multiple occasions and Green Bay was not able to move the ball vertically. For all of Rodgers' time in the pocket and great plays, he averaged 5.9 yards-per-attempt.
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