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The Rams entered Lambeau Field looking to play spoiler in Baker Mayfield’s first official start as the Los Angeles quarterback. And for at least one half, it looked like they might, even though Mayfield struggled to move the ball out of the net. After a slow start of their own in the red zone, however, Aaron Rodgers found a groove, relying on the Aaron Jones-AJ Dillon backfield combination, and the Packers cruised to a 24-12 victory in prime time to stay alive in the NFC wild card. race in process.

Matt LaFleur’s offense hasn’t necessarily fully recovered in front of the home crowd. Rodgers threw an ugly deep ball to Taylor Rapp and Jones lost a fumble in the second half that could have rejuvenated the Rams’ chances. But A-Rod also showed some signature webbing while feeding rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Dubs. And Jones and Dillon thrived in the end zone, combining for more than 120 rushing yards and three total scores in the win.

Here are some additional takeaways from Monday’s Packers win:

Why did the Packers win?

Matt LaFleur’s side finally found balance. In fact, his unit has been on a quiet upward trajectory for weeks. But after a rough start that included a pick-off on Aaron Rodgers and a third-down sack that required them to settle for three, they found a rhythm. Dillon was a pass rusher who excelled especially in the red zone, while Jones had several runs in open space to extend drives and ultimately seal the deal with a TD catch late in the third quarter. Rodgers, meanwhile, has hit a lot of nice shots over the middle in the cold weather to keep the Rams on their toes. The defense stepped up when it needed to, limiting the Rams to 13 first downs and 3.6 yards per play, and holding Mayfield down late to bow out the ‘W’.

Why did the Rams lose?

The hit-and-run offense once again failed to deliver. Baker Mayfield showed fight working with a makeshift supporting cast, but the accuracy and deep touch that highlighted his heroic Rams debut were largely absent this time as the former Browns and Panthers player flirted with a couple of pick-sixes and finished: making only half of his throws. It didn’t help that no one got a wideout and Cam Akers “led” the pass catchers all the way to the fourth. Meanwhile, the vaunted defense fell victim to a few big plays despite a strong early showing. Still unable to beat Aaron Donald, the front got to Rodgers a few times, but allowed big lanes to Aaron Jones and couldn’t prevent quick shots on Dubs and Watson in the second half.

Reversible

After Matt Gay kicked a 55-yard field goal, the Rams led by just four points at halftime. But then came the Packers’ first drive of the second half. An 11-play drive that gained early momentum from a defensive penalty in Los Angeles hit Watson and Daubs with accompanying first downs and was capped by a power play. three yard TD run by AJ Dillon. Trailing 17-6, Green Bay never looked back, maintaining a comfortable lead with time and weather.

Game play

Give it to AJ Dillon, whose first TD broke an early 3-3 tie and impactful cold-weather football.

What’s next?

The Packers (6-8) travel to Miami for a Christmas Day showdown with the Dolphins (8-6), who fell to the Bills in Week 15 and have their own playoff-related reasons for showing up. The Rams (4-10), meanwhile, are now officially out of playoff contention. They will also play on Christmas Day, hosting the Broncos (4-10), who beat the Cardinals on Sunday and will have Russell Wilson back under center.



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