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Adams Shines In Snow As Packers Trounce Titans 40-14

Dec 27, 2020, 9:40 PM
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Wide receiver Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers runs against cornerback Adoree' Jackson #25 of the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Lambeau Field on December 27, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Davante Adams caught three of Aaron Rodgers’ four touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers trounced the Tennessee Titans 40-14 for their fifth consecutive victory on a snowy Sunday evening.

The Packers (12-3) already have clinched the NFC North title and can earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs if they win at Chicago (8-7) or Seattle (11-4) loses at San Francisco (6-9) next week.

Green Bay ran wild behind 124 yards and two touchdowns from A.J. Dillon and 94 yards from Aaron Jones. Dillon, a second-round pick from Boston College, had run for just 115 yards all season during a rookie year in which he spent over a month on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Tennessee (10-5) squandered an opportunity to clinch its first AFC South championship since 2008. The Titans still can clinch a division title and their second straight playoff berth by winning at Houston (4-11) next week.

Adams’ three touchdown catches gave him 17 this season, one off the Packers’ single-season record that Sterling Sharpe set in 1994. Adams, who caught 11 passes for 142 yards Sunday, leads the NFL in touchdown receptions despite missing two games with a hamstring injury.

This game showcased why the Packers want to make sure the playoffs go through Lambeau Field after losing on the road in three of the last six NFC championship games. With snow falling throughout the first half and continuing to cover much of the field the rest of the game, Green Bay moved the ball at will all night.

The Packers’ defense also played well while picking off two passes from Ryan Tannehill, who went 11 of 24 for 121 yards. Tennessee’s Derrick Henry rushed for 98 yards on 23 carries, ending his streak of nine consecutive road games in which he’d run for at least 100 yards.

Green Bay pulled ahead 19-0 when Rodgers threw touchdown passes on each of their first three possessions. Mason Crosby missed extra-point attempts after two of those touchdowns.

Adams capped Green Bay’s first drive by catching a pass behind the line of scrimmage, slipping out of Adoree Jackson’s grasp and diving into the right corner of the end zone.

Green Bay’s second series resulted in Equanimeous St. Brown’s first career touchdown on a 21-yard pass from Rodgers, who was 21 of 25 for 231 yards with an interception.

After Darnell Savage picked off Tannehill’s pass to give the Packers the ball in Green Bay territory, Adams beat Jackson again on a 7-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter.

Tennessee got back in the game by scoring two touchdowns in a 3 ½-minute span midway through the game

Tannehill’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith with 43 seconds left in the second quarter made it 19-7. With the Titans facing third-and-1 on the opening series of the second half, Tannehill faked a handoff to Henry and raced 45 yards untouched to cut Tennessee’s lead to 19-14.

The Packers then capitalized on good fortune.

Aaron Jones bounced off someone around the line of scrimmage and then raced down the left sideline for a 59-yard gain that set up Rodgers’ 8-yard touchdown pass to Adams. The Packers snapped the ball just after a replay showed Jones stepped out of bounds during that run and gained well over 30 yards afterward.

Green Bay wasn’t threatened again.

INJURY REPORT

The Packers played without running back Jamaal Williams, who injured his quadriceps a week earlier in a 24-16 victory over Carolina. Offensive tackle Rick Wagner suffered a knee injury during the game.

UP NEXT

The Titans are at Houston.

The Packers are at Chicago.

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Adams Shines In Snow As Packers Trounce Titans 40-14