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The battle between two legendary quarterbacks went in favor of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who beat Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12 on Sunday.
The game ended in a two-point conversion for the Bucs, who just scored a touchdown via Russell Gage Jr. With just 12 seconds left, the conversion would have sent the game into overtime (unless the Packers could pull off something crazy on the ensuing kickoff), but the Bucs couldn’t convert when Brady’s pass hit the turf.
Brady’s attempt, however, came after a late game penalty pushed the Bucs back five yards. Just after the game clock hit zero, Brady broke the ball, and it looked like running back Leonard Fournette was about to waltz for the tie.
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Instead, chalk this win up to Rodgers, who seriously went on the offense in this road game.
Rodgers finished with 255 yards on 27 on 35 passes with two touchdowns and an interception to help his team earn its second straight victory.
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His favorite target of the day was rookie Romeo Doubs, who had the game’s first touchdown and 73 yards on eight catches. Doubs caught plenty of short passes from Rodgers and used his speed to pick up extra distance.
Rodgers would also find Allen Lazard for a first-half score as he finished with 45 yards on four catches.
The Packers’ offense was clean in the first half but wasn’t the same in the second half as Tampa Bay’s defense, the league’s best unit entering Week 3, went from strength to strength. At one point, Rodgers was 0 for 8 on third downs until late in the fourth quarter when they finally hit one.
But playing without top receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones certainly influenced Brady’s offensive output. They went 2-for-11 on the night on third down, and it wasn’t until that final touchdown that Brady really started.
Both Breshad Perriman and Gage had a fumble that killed two separate drives for the Bucs, and Brady struggled to work around gaps. The defense kept the Bucs in the game, but Brady ultimately couldn’t reward them for their efforts.
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The future Hall of Famer, 45, had 271 yards for 31 for 42 through the air with the lone touchdown pass. Gage was his favorite target, catching 12 passes for 87 yards.
Fournette struggled to start on the ground, rushing 12 times for just 35 yards. But he had five catches for 35 yards, including a few on the final down to help set up the touchdown.
This game could also be the last between Brady and Rodgers, as the former will retire at the end of the season. The only way it won’t is if these two teams meet in the playoffs.
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The Packers will look to extend their winning streak to three games at home against the New England Patriots next week, while Tampa will have a tough task with the Kansas City Chiefs on their home turf for Sunday Night Football.