Green Bay (WAOW) - The Packers improved to a 10-3 record on the season with a 20 to 15 win over the Washington Redskins Sunday.
The game couldn't have started any better for the Packers, who, thanks to a Kenny Clark sack of Dwayne Haskins, forced a 3 and out.
Aaron Rodgers and company repaid them with a 6 play, 50 yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones to take a 7-0 lead.
The Packers would strike again in the first quarter, as Rodgers found tightend Robert Tonyan for a 12-yard touchdown to expand the lead to 14-0.
Washington responded in the second quarter. Adrian Peterson capped off a 95 yard drive with a two yard score. However, Dustin Hopkins would miss the extra point to keep the score at 14-6.
The Packers had a chance to score late in the second quarter, deep in Washington territory but Rodgers was stripped, and the Redskins recovered.
The Packers defense would stand strong on the ensuing drive though as Adrian Amos intercepted Washington's rookie QB Dwayne Haskins with 0:01 left on the clock in the first half.
After the half the two teams would trade field goals in the third quarter to make it a 17-9 game going into the final frame of play.
Both teams were at a stalemate in the fourth quarter until the Packers were able to put together a drive late that ended in a 33 yard Mason Crosby field goal.
The Crosby kick essentially iced the game as it put Green Bay up two scores, 20-9, with just over 2 minutes left to play.
The Redskins would make things interesting though as Haskins would lead a drive that finished with a 13 yard touchdown pass to Terry McClaurin, but the ensuing two point conversion failed.
Washington would attempt an onside kick but the Packers would recover to solidify their 20-15 win.
Rodgers would finish the game 18/28 for 195 yards and one touchdown, but the star of the game was the offenses other Aaron, Aaron Jones.
Jones led the packers in both rushing and receiving. He carried the ball 16 times for 134 yards and a score, all while hauling in six receptions for 58 yards.
With the win, Matt LaFleur now has the most wins by a first-year Head Coach in Packers history.
The win is also significant from a playoff perspective as well.
With the Packers winning and the New Orleans Saints losing to the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay has moved into the second seed in the NFC Playoff picture.
The Packers will look to stay in that two-seed next week as they face the Chicago Bears in a crucial divisional matchup.