SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With only seconds to play and no timeouts, Aaron Rodgers had no doubt where he’d look to drive the Green Bay Packers to a game-winning kick.
Rodgers completed two deep passes to Davante Adams on a last-minute drive, setting up Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal on the final play of the game that gave the Packers a 30- 28 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.
Rodgers did it twice on passes of 25 and 17 yards to Adams after the Packers took over at their 25 with 37 seconds left and no timeouts following Jimmy Garoppolo’s 12-yard TD pass to Kyle Juszczyk.
Adams came back after taking a hard hit from Jimmie Ward that looked like it could knock him out of the game and finished with 12 catches for 132 yards.
“How can you not be romantic about football?” Rodgers said.
All that was left was for Crosby to make the kick and the Packers (2-1) to celebrate a win that came after they blew a 17-point lead.
“Celebrating with the guys in the end zone, seeing that energy and feeling that juice, is what it’s all about,” Crosby said. “And then carrying on into the locker room and guys pouring water all over my head and everybody, that’s what this game is all about. It was really special.”
Rodgers threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Packers to back- to-back wins after a season opening 38-3 loss to New Orleans. Rodgers had six TD passes and no interceptions in wins over San Francisco (2-1) and Detroit.
“I feel good about our team,” Rodgers said. “Week One was an anomaly. I said that and I believe that. We bounced back Week Two. Played a great team tonight right down to the wire. This plane ride is going to feel incredible.”
The Niners returned home following back-to-back road wins back East but struggled to slow down Rodgers.
Rodgers connected on a 1- yard TD pass to Adams and a 12-yarder in the fourth quarter to Marquez Valdes- Scantling to help stake the Packers to the lead.
They made it 27-21 when Garoppolo inexplicably threw the ball to the ground behind him while trying to avoid a sack by Kenny Clark that set up a field goal by Crosby.
Garoppolo responded with the TD drive but it wasn’t enough.
“There’s always too much time on the clock if there’s ever time on the clock, espe- cially with Aaron Rodgers,” tight end George Kittle said. The Packers got off to a fast start with scores on their first two drives. Rodgers con- nected on a 42-yard pass to Allen Lazard on the first drive to set up a field goal by Mason
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