GREEN BAY – The drive was really only one play, but it won the game.
The Packers took over on their own 27-yard line with 1:13 to go in a tie game on Sunday at Soldier Field for what became the Chevy Drive of the Week.
Things didn’t start out so well, as TE Jared Cook slipped on his route on first down and QB Aaron Rodgers’ pass fell incomplete.
On second down, a screen pass to RB Ty Montgomery had potential, as the Bears had only one defender in good position to make the play. Unfortunately, he was able to knife between guards T.J. Lang and Lane Taylor and bring down Montgomery for a 1-yard loss.
Making matters worse, Lang and Taylor collided and had to leave the game with injuries. They were replaced by Jason Spriggs and Don Barclay for third-and-11.
Then, the Packers went for broke. Rodgers dropped back, received good protection up front, and heaved the ball deep downfield to receiver Jordy Nelson, who had gotten behind Bears CB Cre’Von LeBlanc.
Nelson hauled in the long ball for a 60-yard gain to the Chicago 14-yard line. The Packers had no timeouts, and as the clock ticked under 30 seconds left, Rodgers calmly got everyone downfield and to the line of scrimmage so he could spike the ball.
He let the clock wind down to just 3 seconds remaining before he stopped it, bringing out kicker Mason Crosby for a 32-yard field goal.
Crosby made it, not just once, but twice, as the Bears called timeout just before the snap on the first attempt but he followed through with the practice kick anyway.
When the real one was good, the Packers had a walk-off victory, 30-27.
Officially, the drive was five plays for 59 yards. Practically, it was one for 60.