They still trail NFC North leader Minnesota by four games, but there is renewed optimism at Lambeau Field with the possibility of Rodgers returning from a collarbone injury in a couple weeks. He has made it clear he will return only if he's healthy and "it would make sense".
Those playoff hopes stayed alive as Aaron Jones rushed for a 20-yard touchdown with 5:59 remaining in overtime as the Packers posted a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Bucs never saw the ball in the extra period.
Watch the Green Bay Packers game-winning drive in OT capped off by an Aaron Jones touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But with Williams needing a rest, Jones entered the game and scored the game-winner.
Two big plays by Green Bay's beleaguered special teams and defense provided a 17-10 halftime lead.
Winston fumbled on a sack by Kenny Clark in the second quarter.
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It was one of seven sacks on the day for the Packers, with Clay Matthews leading the pass rush with 2 1/2.
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Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams bounces outside for a 25-yard run against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Green Bay finished with only 77 net yards passing, with Hundley going 13-of-22 for 84 yards with an interception. The drive stalled, however, when safety Justin Evans tackled Nelson a foot short of the first down on third-and-1.
Tampa Bay fell to 4-8 as quarterback Jameis Winston returned after missing the past three games with a shoulder injury. He was whistled for an illegal forward pass on the next play, but the mistakes were erased by the second touchdown pass to Brate on third-and-11. Montgomery leads the team's running backs in carries and ranks second on the team with 273 yards on 71 carries.