Winners and losers from Packers’ big win over the Ravens

Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers almost blew a two-touchdown lead in the last few minutes of the game, but they snuck away with a win, stopping the Baltimore Ravens on a two-point try that would have given Baltimore the lead.

After winning 31-30, the Packers’ record improved to 11-3 and they clinched their third straight NFC North title. It was an ugly win, but a win is a win.

Here are the winners and losers from the Week 15 matchup:

Winner: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Marquez Valdes-Scantling had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, leading all of the receivers on the day. He caught a 31-yard pass in the first half that helped set up an AJ Dillon rushing touchdown. His touchdown came on an 11-yard slant. Valdes-Scantling looked great and his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers was palpable.

Loser: Isaac Yiadom

The whole special teams unit struggled again, but perhaps the worst moment of the day was when Isaac Yiadom hit punt returner Devin Duvernay after Duvernay had called for a fair catch.

This mistake gave the Ravens amazing field position at the Packers’ 45-yard-line and led to the first touchdown of the game, a pass to tight end Mark Andrews. Once again the special teams was the weakest unit on the field and it seems unbelievable that a team as good as the Packers can be so unreliable in the third phase.

Winner: Matt LaFleur

You couldn’t ask for a much better start to Matt LaFleur’s career as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Under his leadership the team has racked up three straight division titles meaning he hasn’t missed the playoffs yet. There were a lot of questions and raised eyebrows back when LaFleur was hired, but so far it seems like a genius move. The only question now is can he win the big one?

Winner: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns on the day, but the big news was the fact that he is now tied with Brett Favre for most touchdowns ever thrown by a Green Bay Packer at 442.

Just one more touchdown and Rodgers will hold a record that will be very difficult to break.

Rodgers missed two big throws, one to a wide-open Davonte Adams and one to Allen Lazard on third-and-goal. Despite those two errors, Rodgers continued to make his case for MVP and should be on everyone’s list for a potential repeat at the prestigious award.