Packers pass rusher Rashan Gary made a game-changing play in the third quarter versus Washington.
The Green Bay Packers took a seven-point lead into halftime against the Washington Football Team in what was proving to be a tough contest.
Early in the third quarter, Washington running back Antonio Gibson almost broke through for a huge touchdown run. He could have scored if not for tripping over his own offensive lineman’s leg.
On the very next play, Washington decided to throw the ball. That was a mistake.
Packers third-year edge rusher Rashan Gary stepped up, beat his man and recorded a strip-sack on Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke. The ball flew straight into the hands of defensive lineman Dean Lowry.
It gave Green Bay’s offense great field position, and it took Aaron Rodgers just moments to make the most of it, finding Robert Tonyan for a 20-yard touchdown.
Instead of Gibson rushing for a game-tying touchdown, Green Bay suddenly took a 21-7 lead in the third quarter to take full control of the game.
So far, it’s hardly been the most convincing of performances, but it won’t matter as long as the Packers can see it out and get the all-important victory.
A win would take Green Bay to 6-1 with two road games coming up against the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.
With Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith injured, the Packers needed Gary to step up and become a bigger part of this defense. This is the type of play they needed to see.
A huge moment in this game.