The Green Bay Packers came from behind to beat Washington in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday, 35-18. It was a close game in the first half, but Green Bay took a healthy lead early in the third and did not look back.
With the victory, the Packers advanced to the Divisional round of the playoffs, where they will take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Seattle Seahawks won the other NFC Wild Card game, and as the lowest seed they are set to face the top-seeded Carolina Panthers in the next round.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Kirk Cousins threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay wound up with over 100 yards rushing, with Eddie Lacy picking up 63 yards and a touchdown and James Starks picking up 53 yards and a touchdown. They played more consistent football and Washington, who hosted this game due to a victory in the NFC East despite a worse record, is now out of the playoffs.
Washington game out swinging in the first half, though they ended up with fewer points than they should have thanks to a mistake by DeSean Jackson. He almost scored a touchdown, but held the football in the wrong hand and just missed it. That forced Washington to settle for a field goal.
That came after Washington had scored a safety when Preston Smith sacked Rodgers in the end zone, so the momentum would have been huge for Washington. Fortunately, they did manage to put more points on the board while Green Bay's offense struggled to get rolling.
That was an incredible catch by Jordan Reed, and he followed it up by catching a 24-yard touchdown from Cousins, giving Washington a dominant 11-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Washington began to unravel in the second quarter or at least, the Packers found their offense and finally put some points on the board. Rodgers found Randall Cobb for a 12-yard touchdown pass, Mason Crosby kicked a 43-yard field goal and then Rodgers hit Davante Adams for a 10-yard score, taking a 17-11 lead into halftime.
Washington was able to get back into things at the start of the third quarter, however. Kirk Cousins had an excellent rushing touchdown which gave Washington the lead back. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to hang onto it as James Starks and Eddie Lacy both managed rushing touchdowns, and after a successful two-point conversion Green Bay took a dominant 32-18 lead.
Washington had a couple good drives after that, but they never seriously threatened the Packers, who added a couple more points on the board for good measure. The divisional round of the NFL playoffs is now set.