Packers win thriller over 49ers on walk-off field goal, 30-28

by 24USATVSept. 27, 2021, 4 a.m. 17
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Mason Crosby's 51-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave the Packers a thrilling 30-28 victory over the 49ers on Sunday night at Levi's Stadium.

After San Francisco scored a touchdown with 37 seconds left to take its first lead of the game, 28-27, QB Aaron Rodgers completed two passes to WR Davante Adams, followed by two spikes to stop the clock. After the second, just 3 ticks remained on the clock and Crosby, who drilled a 54-yarder for Green Bay's first points of the game, came through in the clutch.

The Packers dominated in the first half, taking a 17-0 lead late in the second quarter. But a long kickoff return by the 49ers set up a touchdown right before halftime, and then San Francisco scored on the opening drive of the second half to make it 17-14.

It went back-and-forth from there, with the teams trading touchdowns and the Packers staying ahead, 24-21. A field goal by Crosby following a San Francisco turnover put the Packers up by six before the Niners drove down for their go-ahead score, which came on a pass over the middle to FB Kyle Juszczyk.

With the win, the Packers improved to 2-1 and took sole possession of first place in the NFC North after three weeks. The Niners dropped to 2-1.

For the game, Rodgers was 23-of-33 for 261 yards with two TDs and a 113.3 passer rating. Adams finished with 12 catches for 132 yards and a score, while WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling added three grabs for 59 yards and a TD. RB Aaron Jones had 19 carries for 82 yards and a score.

On the other side, 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 25-of-40 for 257 yards with two TDs and an interception, plus a costly fumble, for an 87.2 rating. TE George Kittle had seven catches for 92 yards, and WR Deebo Samuel had five grabs for 52. RB Trey Sermon led San Francisco in rushing with 10 carries for 31 yards and a TD.

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