Live Updates: Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Follow along all day for the latest developments as the Green Bay Packers play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a showdown of NFC powers.
Buccaneers 38, Packers 10 (2:40 remaining)
Ronald Jones blasted in from the 1 to extinguish whatever doubt remained in the game. The big play came moments earlier. On third-and-12, Tom Brady went deep to Scotty Miller. Cornerback Josh Jackson wasn’t in bad position but grabbed hold of one of Miller’s arm and reached blindly to draw flags from every vicinity.
Injury Update: LT David Bakhtiari (chest) is out and S Darnell Savage (quad) is questionable.
Buccaneers 31, Packers 10 (5:27 remaining)
Green Bay got the ball near midfield but the drive stalled due in part to a first-down drop by Equanimeous St. Brown.
Injury Update: LT David Bakhtiari, officially questionable with a chest injury, went to the locker room for further examination after going down on the previous series.
Buccaneers 31, Packers 10 (10:37 remaining)
So much for coming out of halftime and catching fire. On Green Bay’s first offensive play, left tackle David Bakhtiari hobbled off the field. Rick Wagner stepped in at left tackle and, on third down, Aaron Rodgers threw a pass right to rookie Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield, with Winfield dropping an easy interception.
Injury Update: Bakhtiari is questionable to return with a chest injury.
Buccaneers 31, Packers 10 (12:14 remaining)
Ryan Succop booted a 50-yard field goal. A 31-yard strike to tight end Rob Gronkowski was the big play. Tom Brady is 16-of-19 passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns, good for a passer rating of a 134.2.
Injury Update: Packers DT Tyler Lancaster is out with a shoulder injury.
Buccaneers 28, Packers 10 (1:02 remaining)
Tom Brady threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. On third-and-6, Gronkowski was isolated on safety Adrian Amos with plenty of real estate to the left. Brady lobbed a ball into the end zone. The placement was perfect. Just like that, the game was a blowout.
Green Bay’s first two drives netted 134 yards and 10 points. Its final five possessions of the first half gained 5 yards. Rodgers was 11-of-25 passing for 128 yards but his two interceptions gave him a passer rating of 26.8. He’s never finished a game with a passer rating that poor. He entered the game with a rating of 128.4, just behind the league-leading 129.8 by Seattle’s Russell Wilson.
Buccaneers 21, Packers 10 (4:35 remaining)
Tom Brady threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tyler Johnson on third-and-goal to give the Buccaneers a two-score lead. It was the third third-down conversion of the drive by Brady, the first being a completion to Chris Godwin with 15 yards tacked on on Rashan Gary’s facemask.
Buccaneers 14, Packers 10 (11:02 remaining)
There isn’t a stat more overrated than yards. Green Bay leads 151-41 in yards but trails 14-10 on the scoreboard. Moments after serving up the third pick-six of his career, Aaron Rodgers was intercepted again. His third-and-3 slant to Davante Adams was tipped by cornerback Carlton Davis and intercepted by safety Mike Edwards, who returned it 37 yards to the 2. Ronald Jones could have crawled backward into the end zone, the hole was so big.
Packers 10, Buccaneers 7 (12:42 remaining)
Aaron Rodgers threw only the third pick-six of his career. Jamel Dean intercepted Rodgers on the left sideline and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. Two of his three pick-sixes have come at Tampa Bay. His previous one was by Cincinnati’s William Jackson on Sept. 24, 2017. His first was by Bucs safety Tanard Jackson 2009. Here is more on the rarity of what happened.
Packers 10, Buccaneers 0 (48 seconds remaining)
Aaron Jones got behind a block from right tackle Billy Turner to score on first-and-goal from the 1. Three big plays made it happen. Running back Jamaal Williams broke through a big void for a 25-yard run. The Bucs hadn't even allowed a 15-yard run this season. Right guard Lucas Patrick had a key block. Second, on second-and-20, Rodgers found receiver Darrius Shepherd all alone on the right for a gain of 16. Third, on third-and-4 from the 7, Aaron Rodgers scrambled to the 1.
The Packers led 10-0 after the first quarter. It was 9-1 on first downs; Tampa Bay got its initial first down on the final play of the quarter.
Packers 3, Buccaneers 0 (10:27 remaining)
Mason Crosby booted a 39-yard field goal as the Packers once again scored on their opening drive. A 20-yard completion to Aaron Jones converted an initial third-and-20. Rodgers had time and hit Jones with a short pass. Jones stepped out of a diving tackle attempt to pick up the first down. Crossing routes to Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling gained 12 yards apiece to get the ball into scoring position. On first down from 23, Rodgers and Equanimeous St. Brown weren’t on the same page. The incompletion essentially killed the drive.
Kevin King is out, meaning the Packers be down one of their standout cornerbacks to face Tom Brady and standout receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
After intercepting five passes last season, King has allowed only 10 catches this season, according to Pro Football Reference. According to Pro Football Focus, of 99 cornerbacks with at least 80 coverage snaps, King ranks 10th in snaps per reception allowed.
Presumably, Josh Jackson will get the start.
Back after extended absences are two Pro Bowlers, defensive tackle Kenny Clark and receiver Davante Adams.
“It just makes our team better," Clark said on Friday. "We’re two guys who have been waiting to get back on the field and we’re excited about it, just to be out there with our teammates. We’re just going to be out there, and it’s two of some of the best guys on the team. It’s going to be good to have us back.”