Packers: Ranking the 5 best performances in divisional-round win vs. Seahawks
By Jesse Fry
5. Aaron Jones
Davante Adams had half of the Packers scoring, bookending the day with the team’s first and last touchdowns of the day. In between, Aaron Jones continued his breakout campaign scoring two rushing touchdowns from a yard out.
Jones made his presence felt from the first play of the game, busting around the corner for a long gain and making the Seahawks know they better respect the run.
Jones has had better days on the ground as his 21 carries only produced 62 yards. But he did have the two touchdowns and was effective enough to slow down the safeties and give Rodgers some more room to work with. The Packers were able to use play-action effectively in the first half while building their 18-point lead.
The Packers used Jones almost exclusively, rarely using Jamaal Williams despite returning from a shoulder injury. But that’s why Jones use was limited during the season. For days and games like Sunday night.
What is hopefully a sign of things to come, Aaron Rodgers looked much better in this game than he did in the first half in Detroit. Rodgers was much more accurate with his throws and although he didn’t have a great statistical day, he was able to keep the chains moving, leading the offense to better than 64 percent on third downs.
The Packers will need that type of efficiency when facing the 49ers. They have as good of a defensive line and defense in general as there is in the NFL. The Packers will need to take full advantage of every opportunity next Sunday against San Francisco.
Hopefully by then this flu bug ripping through the Packers locker room will run its course so they can get everyone back healthy.