Rodgers rallies Packers past Jets in OT

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, in the midst of a lost season, salvaged some pride by rallying past the New York Jets 44-38 in overtime on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.Green Bay (6-8-1), which avoided the first 0-8 road season in franchise history, won the overtime toss and drove right down the field to win the game. The big play was a 33-yard penalty for pass interference on cornerback Trumaine Johnson on a deep pass to receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Another interference penalty, this time on cornerback Buster Skrine, gave Green Bay a first-and-goal from the 6. Offensive holding wiped out Rodgers’ touchdown run but, on the next play, Rodgers hit receiver Davante Adams for a 16-yard touchdown.Rodgers finished 37 of 55 for 442 yards with two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs.Facing two-touchdown deficits three times, Rodgers got one last chance with the Packers trailing 35-30 with 3:12 remaining and 83 yards from the end zone.Green Bay marched 83 yards in 11 plays, including a 26-yard screen to running back Jamaal Williams and a 26-yard run by Rodgers. The quarterback barely reached the ball to the goal line for a score on fourth down, and his keeper on the two-point conversion gave Green Bay a 38-35 lead with 1:12 remaining.The Jets’ special teams had a huge day, with a 99-yard kickoff-return touchdown by Andre Roberts, a forced fumble that set up a touchdown, a successful fake punt and another long return by Roberts. A 51-yard runback by Roberts following the Packers’ go-ahead touchdown set up Jason Myers’ 33-yard field goal, which sent the game to overtime.Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold had another impressive outing in a losing cause for the Jets (4-11). He finished 24 of 35 for 341 yards and three touchdowns, with no turnovers. Robby Anderson had nine catches for 140 yards and one of the scores, a 33-yarder in the second quarter.

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