Packers v Buccaneers – Recap
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Aaron Rodgers battled the flu and a strained left calf as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.
The win guarantees the Packers a wild card berth and sets up a showdown with the Detroit Lions this week for the NFC North.
Rodgers threw for 318 yards and a touchdown, Eddie Lacy rushed for 99 yards and the Packers ground out a 20-3 victory after a disappointing loss in Buffalo last week.
“I’ll be OK for next week. I hurt my calf pretty good, but the training staff helped me kind of get through it,” Rodgers said. “It got really tight about halftime. Came in and got a little treatment, it loosened up just a tad, but it was still pretty tight … I was able to move in short segments in the pocket, which was all I needed to do today.”
Both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb had over 100 yards receiving as Nelson caught 9 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown while Cobb caught 11 passes for 131 yards.
I’ve obviously been with Aaron the whole time. You see him do things on the football field, as far as making plays and this and that. I think the last couple of days, you see the kind of warrior he is,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “He battled whatever illness he’s had the last couple of days and then goes out and strains his calf the first or second series. He didn’t want to come out … Really a gritty performance by Aaron.”
Speaking about this weeks game with the Lions McCarthy said;
“We’ve won six out of seven games, so I’d like to classify that as playing a lot of solid football, that’s for sure,” McCarthy said. “We’ll clean this game up tomorrow; we’ll be on it. We’ll also start on Detroit. I like where we’re at, and I really like this football team … I feel good about the offense, defense and special teams.”
“I battled the flu the last couple of days pretty bad, and that’s why I was surprised I hurt my calf because I hydrated like no other (week),” Rodgers said. “I was drinking a ton of water before the game.”
“Unfortunately, the calf kind of gave up on me there. But it was a good win for us. The defense played great. Offensively, it wasn’t pretty, but we had enough points to win.”
The Bucs lost for the fifth consecutive game and are still in play for the number one overall pick in the draft. The Bucs offense was held to a season low 109 net yards as Josh McCown was sacked seven times. Doug Martin was held to 17 yards rushing on 10 carries.
“We picked the worst possible time to play our worst (offensive) game,” Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said. “We’d liked to have fought them a lot harder than we did. I think the guys tried to play hard. Defensively we hung in there and kept them out of the end zone a lot. But it’s hard to win games when you put up that kind of offensive production … which was very little.”
Mike Evans had four catches for 49 yards and Vincent Jackson had three catches for 60 yards as both receivers moved to the brink of 1,000 yard seasons.
“To see the defense and the way that it played, it’s frustrating, man,” McCown said. “You can’t do that. We’ve got to do better than that.”