Top takeaways from Packers’ overtime win over Patriots

Takeaways from the Packers’ 27-24 win over the Patriots in Week 4.

The Green Bay Packers overcame a pair of second-half deficits, got a key stop in overtime and then finally vanquished the New England Patriots with a 31-yard game-winning field goal from Mason Crosby as the extra period expired on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

What did we learn from the 27-24 win?

Here are the top takeaways from the Packers’ overtime win in Week 4:

Packers PFF grades: Best, worst players from Week 4 win over Patriots

The best and worst players from the Packers’ Week 4 win over the Patriots, via Pro Football Focus grades.

The Green Bay Packers got a game-winning field goal from Mason Crosby in overtime to take down the upset-minded New England Patriots on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Based on grades from Pro Football Focus, here are the best and worst performers from the Packers’ Week 4 win over the Patriots:

Top 5 offense

1. WR Allen Lazard: 75.5
2. QB Aaron Rodgers: 74.0
3. RT Elgton Jenkins: 73.8
4. RB Aaron Jones: 72.4
5. WR Christian Watson: 71.3

Lazard averaged almost 20 yards per catch, made a contested catch and averaged over 3.0 yards per route run while playing 70 total snaps. Rodgers was credited with four “big-time throws,” a season-high, and he completed three passes thrown over 20 yards in the air. Jenkins allowed a sack and three total pressures in pass protection but was the team’s highest-graded run-blocker. Jones had five runs over 10 yards and made two tacklers miss on 16 carries. Watson had the 15-yard touchdown run and caught one pass on eight routes run.

Top 5 defense

1. OLB Rashan Gary: 93.4
2. S Rudy Ford: 78.9
3. S Adrian Amos: 77.1
4. DL Jarran Reed: 69.5
5. S Darnell Savage: 67.5

Gary produced five pressures, five stops and a turnover play over 43 snaps. Over eight “true pass sets,” he delivered four pressures and two sacks. Ford made six tackles, didn’t have a missed tackle, gave up zero completions in coverage and broke up a pass over 44 snaps in relief of Amos, who had one stop and two tackles before departing with a concussion. Reed had a sack, six tackles and one stop against the run. Savage created a tackle for loss and didn’t give up anything in coverage.

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Bottom 5 offense

1. TE Josiah Deguara: 41.6
2. WR Romeo Doubs: 52.6
3. LT David Bakhtiari: 55.4
4. TE Marcedes Lewis: 56.1
5. TE Tyler Davis: 58.1

Deguara produced a very poor run blocking grade over six snaps and didn’t have a catch on three routes run. Doubs had a turnover on a fumble, dropped a touchdown pass and was 0-for-2 on contested catch opportunities. Bakhtiari gave up a pressure and had a penalty while earning a low run-blocking grade. Lewis allowed a pressure as a pass-blocker. Davis was just OK as a run blocker on 14 snaps.

Bottom 5 defense

1. OLB Kingsley Enagbare: 28.8
2. LB Quay Walker: 38.5
3. LB De’Vondre Campbell: 41.9
4. OLB Jonathan Garvin: 43.2
5. DL Dean Lowry: 46.8

Enagbare didn’t have a pressure and earned the team’s worst run-defense grade over 13 snaps. Walker really struggled against the run and missed one tackle. Campbell had similar issues (poor run grade, one missed tackle), and he was charged with giving up a touchdown pass. Garvin had a quarterback hit but struggled against the run. Lowry created a sack and three pressures but, like so many others here, had major issues against the run.


Aaron Rodgers: 74.0

Rodgers played well from clean pockets (save for one very bad throw on the pick-six), attacked downfield with success (should have completed four passes over 20 yards) and generally got the ball out of his hands quickly (2.26 seconds to throw on average). He threw away four passes, raising his adjusted completion percentage to almost 70.0. In the second half, he threw touchdown passes to Robert Tonyan and Romeo Doubs in the red zone.

Special teams

Quay Walker, Isaiah McDuffie, Tyler Davis, Shemar Jean-Charles and Patrick Taylor all made tackles on special teams, but coverage on punts and kicks was poor. Dallin Leavitt and Tipa Galeai missed tackles. Pat O’Donnell’s net punting average on five punts was just 32.2 yards. Mason Crosby earned high grades after making five kicks (two field goals, three extra points).

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Top photos from Packers’ overtime win over Patriots in Week 4

All the best photos from the Packers’ 27-24 win over the Patriots in overtime in Week 4 of the 2022 season.

The Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots in overtime by a 27-24 final score at a picturesque Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Here are the top photos from a sunny afternoon in Green Bay:

Good, bad and ugly from Packers’ 27-24 win over Patriots in Week 4

The good, the bad and the ugly from the Packers’ overtime win over the Patriots.

The good: The Green Bay Packers are 3-1 after four games.

The bad: The Packers nearly got beat by a team quarterbacked by a third-string rookie.

The ugly: A long trip to London awaits.

The Packers escaped an upset bid from the New England Patriots on Sunday at Lambeau Field, using a Mason Crosby field goal as overtime expired to win 27-24.

Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from the Packers’ Week 4 win:

6 standouts from Packers’ 27-24 win over Patriots

Highlighting the top standouts from the Packers’ overtime win over the Patriots in Week 4.

They say a win is a win, which means a great deal if you’re the Green Bay Packers. It never should have been as close as it was, but Green Bay is now 3-1 after defeating the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday 27-24 

The Patriots were down to their third-string quarterback after Brian Hoyer was knocked out of the game during the second quarter. Hoyer, who was filling in for an injured Mac Jones, was replaced by Bailey Zappe, a fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky. Zappe did just enough (with a little help from the officials) to keep his team in the game.  

Forced to play their rookie quarterback, the Packers knew the Patriots would run the ball and still couldn’t stop them. New England ended up tallying 167 yards on the ground, which surprisingly isn’t the most this Green Bay defense has allowed through the first four games. If they don’t correct it soon, the run defense could be a real problem for the Packers once again.  

Offensively, Green Bay ran the ball well for the entirety of the game, however, Aaron Rodgers couldn’t find any sort of rhythm throwing the football in the first half. He completed just four out of 11 passes for 44 yards and also threw a pick-six to Patriots corner Jack Jones. Rodgers finished with an 11.2 passer rating in the first half, which was the lowest of his career in 210 games as a starter.  

Luckily, Rodgers and his receivers found their groove to score 20 points in the second half and overtime. Mason Crosby went on to seal the win with a 31-yard field goal after a huge stand by the defense. Overall, the Packers’ offense and defense put forth two uninspiring performances, but we were still able to identify some standouts amidst all the turmoil.  

Instant analysis and recap of Packers’ 27-24 win over Patriots in Week 4

Recapping the Packers’ 27-24 overtime win over the Patriots in Week 4 of the 2022 season.

The Green Bay Packers (3-1) overcame a rare pick-six from Aaron Rodgers and a sloppy performance overall to beat the visiting New England Patriots (1-3) on Sunday at Lambeau Field, using Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal to escape with a 27-24 win in overtime in Week 4.

It was over when…

… Crosby’s 31-yard field goal split the uprights as time expired in overtime.

Game balls

– WR Allen Lazard: He caught six passes for a season-high 116 yards, including a 32-yard catch sparking a scoring drive in the first half and a 22-yard catch on the game-winning drive in overtime.

– OLB Rashan Gary: He ended five drives with key plays on third down or turnovers in the first half and finished with seven tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

– K Mason Crosby: He made all five of his kicks, including two field goals overall and the game-winner in overtime.

Key stat

15: After giving up a touchdown drive to fall behind 24-17 in the second half, the Packers defense gave up exactly 15 total yards over New England’s final three drives of the game, all three-and-outs.


0-3: Nick Folk 37-yard field goal
7-3: Christian Watson 15-yard touchdown (extra point)
7-10: Jack Jones 40-yard interception return (extra point)
14-10: Robert Tonyan 20-yard touchdown (extra point)
17-14: Devante Parker 25-yard touchdown (extra point)
17-17: Mason Crosby 38-yard field goal
17-24: Damien Harris 5-yard touchdown
24-24: Romeo Doubs 13-yard touchdown
27-24: Mason Crosby 31-yard field goal

Quick takes

– This game felt very much like a game from 2019. It wasn’t pretty, but an ugly win is still a win. The Packers are a work in progress, especially on offense, but it’s good to be winning while building and improving.

– Rashan Gary was the best player on the field.

– The Packers offense was awful for the first 30 minutes but came alive in the second half and overtime. The group ended up averaging 6.2 yards per play, with 199 rushing yards, four runs over 10 yards and five completions over 20 yards.

– Rookie Romeo Doubs had a chance to essentially end the game right before the two-minute warning but his catch attempt didn’t survive contact with the ground. He did catch a spinning touchdown on a back-shoulder throw and made two clutch plays off run-pass options on the final drive.

– Right tackle Elgton Jenkins struggled to keep Matthew Judon and Deatrich Wise Jr. off the quarterback. He’s still shaking off rust and adjusting to life at a new position.

– Officials missed an egregious delay of game penalty on DeVante Parker’s touchdown in the second half. How egregious? The playclock was actually reseting to 40 seconds (from zero) by the time the Patriots snapped the ball.

– Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb have consistently made clutch plays this season.

– The run defense has to be better. The Patriots rushed for 167 yards and averaged over 5.0 yards per rush despite having a rookie quarterback under center. Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are good backs, but the Packers are almost daring the Pats to run when all they could do for much of the contest was run.

– The Packers special teams took a step back. Amari Rodgers was disappointing as a returner and the punt and kickoff coverage was subpar. A long punt return in overtime had the Packers in a position to get beat.

– Turnovers are becoming a concern. The Packers now have seven in four games, including Rodgers’ pick-six. He’s thrown three picks in four starts. Green Bay had only 13 turnovers all of last year. Overall, the Packers haven’t won the turnover battle in any of the four games this season.

– The Packers lost safety Adrian Amos to a concussion in the first half.

– It would have been very tough to lose to a third-string quarterback at home. The Packers avoided that fate. Bill Belichick had the Patriots fighting for their lives from the first whistle.

What’s next

The Packers (3-1) have a long trip overseas to play the New York Giants (3-1) in London on Sunday morning in Week 5.

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Packers escape Patriots in overtime on Mason Crosby game-winning field goal

Mason Crosby’s game-winning 31-yard field goal in overtime helped the Packers escape an upset bid from the Patriots on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

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The Green Bay Packers escaped a crushing home defeat against a third-string quarterback when veteran kicker Mason Crosby drilled a 31-yard game-winning field goal in overtime that sent the upset-minded New England Patriots back home with a 27-24 loss at Lambeau Field.

The Packers took leads of 7-3 and 14-10 in the first half but had to scratch and claw their way to overtime in the second half. Twice, the Patriots scored touchdowns to take the lead in third and fourth quarters, but the Packers got a 13-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Romeo Doubs and then made enough stops late in the contest to give Rodgers a chance to drive down the field for the game-winning kick with no time left in overtime.

Rodgers threw a back-breaking pick-six late in the first half but finished with 21 completions for 251 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers rushed for 199 yards, including 110 from Aaron Jones. Allen Lazard, Romeo Doubs and Randall Cobb combined for 14 catches for 205 yards, and the defense delivered four sacks and eight third-down stops.

On the final drive in overtime, Rodgers hit Lazard for 22 yards, Cobb for 11 yards and Doubs on back-to-back plays for 17 total yards to set up Crosby’s kick.

Here’s the game-winner:

The Packers are now 3-1 after four games. Matt LaFleur’s team will prep for a long trip to London to play the New York Giants in Week 5.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander (groin) inactive vs. Patriots

Packers CB Jaire Alexander will miss Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to the groin injury he suffered last week in Tampa.

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Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander will miss a game due to the groin injury he suffered last Sunday in Tampa Bay. The Packers included Alexander among the team’s five inactive players for Sunday’s Week 4 tilt against the New England Patriots.

Alexander originally suffered the injury on the sixth play from scrimmage against the Buccaneers. He didn’t play the rest of the way, and the Packers will now hold him out a week even after he practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday and Friday.

Alexander was labeled as questionable to play on the final injury report of the week.

Without Alexander, Rasul Douglas and Eric Stokes will start on the perimeter at cornerback in the base defense with Keisean Nixon – who played 57 snaps on defense last week – serving as the expected slot corner in nickel.

Kiondre Thomas was elevated from the practice squad on Saturday to provide extra depth at cornerback.

The Packers will hope a few extra days of rest and rehab will give Alexander a chance to play next week against the New York Giants in London.

It might be a good week to be without the All-Pro cornerback. The Patriots don’t have starting quarterback Mac Jones or receiver Jakobi Meyers, severely handicapping New England’s passing game. The Packers should match up fine with Douglas and Stokes at corner.

Alexander, who signed the most lucrative contract ever by a cornerback this offseason, missed 13 regular-season games with a shoulder injury last year. He had eight tackles and an interception in the first two weeks of 2022.

Packers inactives: Who’s in, who’s out for Week 4 vs. Patriots

A quick look at the inactive list for the Packers on Sunday against the Patriots.

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The Green Bay Packers will be without cornerback Jaire Alexander on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Alexander, who is nursing a groin injury, is inactive for Week 4.

The team’s other five inactive players are rookies. The Packers need only six inactive players because they have only 52 players on the active roster.

Here’s a quick look at the inactive list for the Packers in Week 4:

Inactive list

CB Jaire Alexander
OT Rasheed Walker
OL Sean Rhyan
WR Samori Toure
DL Jonathan Ford

Alexander injured his groin on the sixth play of scrimmage during last week’s win in Tampa Bay. He missed the rest of the contest and was only able to practice in a limited capacity two days this week. Rasul Douglas and Eric Stokes will start at cornerback with Keisean Nixon as the nickel. Rookie Caleb Jones, who was ruled out on Friday, is now on the non-football illness list. Walker, Rhyan, Toure and Ford are healthy scratches.

Who’s in

The Packers will return rookie receiver Christian Watson, who missed last week with a hamstring injury. Also active is offensive tackle Yosh Nijman, who was a late add to the injury report with an illness. Only Alexander and Nijman had injury designations this week.

Patriots inactive list

QB Mac Jones
DL Guy Lawrence
WR Jakobi Meyers
CB Jalen Mills
CB Joshua Bledsoe

The Patriots will start Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Lawrence and Mills are preferred starters on defense.

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Packers Wire staff predictions: Week 4 vs. Patriots

Predictions from the Packers Wire staff on Sunday’s Week 4 showdown against the Patriots.

The Green Bay Packers (2-1) can extend the win streak to three games when the New England Patriots (1-2) roll into Lambeau Field without starting quarterback Mac Jones on Sunday.

Here’s how the staff at Packers Wire believes the Week 4 showdown against the Patriots will go down:

Zach Kruse (1-2): Packers 28, Patriots 17

This prediction business isn’t going so well to start the 2022 season, but a Packers win feels like a safe bet here against a backup quarterback at Lambeau Field. The Patriots have the run game and pass-rush to make this a tough, physical battle, and you can bet Bill Belichick will have a wrinkle or two ready for Aaron Rodgers, but Green Bay is dominating on defense and improving along the offensive line, and the offense showed enough flashes early in the game last week to think the group is close to having it all click. The guess here is that the Packers start fast, dictate the game throughout and coast to a win against a team that gave up 37 points and turned the ball over four times last week.

Brandon Carwile (2-1): Packers 27, Patriots 13

With Mac Jones hurt, the Packers will face Brian Hoyer on Sunday, which my actually be a good thing for the Patriots. Jones has not been able to take care of the ball this season, throwing 5 interceptions through the first three games. Like Green Bay, New Englands has starting-caliber two running backs they may try to lean. The Packers’ defense needs to come ready to tackle in this one. Offensively, Green Bay shouldn’t try to get cute against Bill Belichick. They should lean on their playmakers while avoiding turnovers. There’s no reason the Packers shouldn’t win this one by double digits.

Paul Bretl (2-1): Packers 20, Patriots 10

You never truly know what to expect going up against Bill Belichick, but we do know he will try to take away what’s important to the opposing offense, which for the Packers is the run game. Regardless of the results, the Packers will need to remain patient with the run game, and the emphasis on it from New England, along with their heavy man-coverage scheme, could create opportunities in the passing game for Aaron Rodgers, as long as he has time in the pocket going up against Matthew Judon and Deatrich Wise. Defensively, the Packers should be prepared for a heavy dose of Patriots’ running backs Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris. Slowing the run should be the Packers’ main objective, which will then put Brian Hoyer in obvious passing situations, allowing the Green Bay pass rush to wreak some havoc. The Packers are the more talented team and should control this game, but Belichick and his defense will keep it somewhat close.

Brennen Rupp (2-1): Packers 20, Patriots 9

The Packers are favored by 9.5 and I’d expect the Packers to cover that spread. You can never count out a team coached by Bill Belichick, but this isn’t a vintage Patriots team. The Hoodie and his team are walking into Lambeau Field outgunned. I expect New England’s defense to make enough stops to keep them close, but Green Bay’s defense should be up for the task of slowing down Brian Hoyer and New England’s offense. Give me the Packers by double digits.

Writer Prediction Score Record
Zach Kruse Win 28-17 1-2
Brandon Carwile Win 28-13 2-1
Paul Bretl Win 20-10 2-1
Brennen Rupp Win 20-9 2-1

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