AJ Dillon ran for two goals, Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Aaron Jones and the Green Bay Packers kept their final game hopes alive with a 24-12 win over the Los Angeles Rams Monday night.
Dillon put Green Bay (6-8) ahead for good with an eight-yard tiebreaker in the second quarter and also scored from one yard out in the third. He ran for 36 yards on 11 carries before leaving the game midway through the second half to be assessed for a concussion.
Rodgers went 22 of 30 for 229 yards with a touchdown and an interception to win his ninth straight Monday Night Football start. The MNF’s longest winning streak by any starting quarterback is owned by Kenny Stabler, who won 11 in a row from 1975 through 1980.
The MVP’s only four touchdown pass was a seven-yard run to Jones, who rushed for 90 yards and had four catches for 36 yards.
Rodgers’ final win came on Monday night in freezing conditions. It was 15F (-9C) with a wind chill of 7 going into the opening game.
The Rams (4-10) matched the highest total loss of any defending Super Bowl champion. When John Elway retired after leading Denver to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the 1997 and 1998 seasons, the Broncos finished 6-10 in 1999.
Los Angeles played this game without several injured players, including three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and All-Pro receiver Cooper Kupp. Quarterback Baker Mayfield made his first start with injuries to Matthew Stafford and John Walford.
Mayfield rallied the Rams to a 17-16 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on December 8, less than 48 hours after claiming waivers from Carolina. Mayfield was not effective on Monday, going 12 of 21 for 111 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
He was sacked five times while working behind the missing offensive lineman Brian Allen, who injured his calf on the first play of the game from scrimmage. Preston Smith recorded two sacks for Green Bay.
The Rams also got field goals of 33 and 55 yards from Matt Guy, who also sent an extra point attempt wide. Jay’s 55-yarder matched the third-longest field goal ever made by anyone at Lambeau Stadium.
Mason Crosby had a 34-yard field goal for Green Bay while playing their 255th consecutive regular season game to tie Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre’s team for the longest streak in franchise history.
After Jay and Crosby traded field goals early in the game, Green Bay pulled ahead thanks to Dillon, a 6-foot-1, 247-pound, whose bruising style thrives in this kind of weather.
Facing a 4th-and-3 from their own 17, the Packers passed a field goal attempt and instead handed the ball to Dillon, who ran it 4 yards. Dillon then put Green Bay ahead for good with an 8-yard touchdown run that pushed Rams defenders back in the last yard or so.
The Packers led 10-6 at halftime and broke the game open by scoring touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half. Rodgers’ seven-yard touchdown pass to Jones put the Packers up 24-6.
Los Angeles cut the lead to 24-12 on Mayfield’s eight-yard completion to Tyler Higbee, the Rams’ first touchdown catch of the season.
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