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Packers: Tom Oates gives Green Bay an overall grade of ‘B’ for overtime win at Tampa Bay

December 11, 2017 GMT

Offense: C

Brett Hundley ran the wrong play on a fourth-and-1 toss in the third quarter but was superb after that. Davante Adams made a huge touchdown catch to tie the game. Then he did it again to win the game. Cleveland stuffed the box and the backs had little running room. Jamaal Williams helped in the passing game.

Defense: C

The defense did the impossible: It made DeShone Kizer look good. It also made a series of big stops late in the game. None was bigger than Cleveland’s final play in overtime, when Clay Matthews hit Kizer’s arm and Josh Jones won the ensuing jump ball. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s interception saved at least three points.

Special teams: B+

Twice Trevor Davis let a catchable punt roll and both times it pinned the Packers deep. Davis redeemed himself with a 65-yard punt return to set up the tying score in the final minutes. Jermaine Whitehead had to beat Darius Hillary around the corner on the fake punt. Justin Vogel had a strong day punting.

Coaching: B

Mike McCarthy went for it twice on fourth-and-short in the first series, showing he came to win. McCarthy turned down a field goal on fourth-and-1 because he had a play he knew would work. Was it his fault Brett Hundley ran the wrong way? McCarthy’s decision to put the ball in Hundley’s hands late won the game.

Overall: B

When the Packers trailed an 0-12 Browns team by 14 points in the fourth quarter, it looked like their season was over. Instead, they roared back to win in overtime for the second consecutive week and remain on the fringes of playoff contention with the possibility of quarterback Aaron Rodgers making his return.