NFL kicker’s ultimate redemption after 17-year low

C.J. Beathard (3) had a huge game for the San Francisco 49ers. Picture: AFP

MASON Crosby, who missed four kicks a week ago, connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Green Bay Packers over San Francisco 33-30 in an NFL thriller on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).

Aaron Rodgers completed 25-of-46 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns to Davante Adams, guiding the Packers on a tying touchdown drive then leading Green Bay on an unlikely march for Crosby’s game-winning redemption field goal.

“Awesome game to bounce back,” Crosby said.

What a difference a week makes... Crosby had a shocker last week against Detroit, missing five attempts on goal. Picture: Getty

What a difference a week makes… Crosby had a shocker last week against Detroit, missing five attempts on goal. Picture: GettySource:AP

“I was hoping I would get a lot of chances. I’m broken up about it. It’s unreal. That was a gutsy win right there.

“I just went back to my fundamentals and the process. I was rushing last week. It felt so smooth today. What a great win.”

The Packers improved to 3-2 with one drawn while San Francisco fell to 1-5.

Robbie Gould kicked a 46-yard field goal to end the second quarter that gave the 49ers a 24-20 halftime lead.

Crosby answered with a 51-yard field goal but Gould responded from 43 and 44 yards to boost San Francisco’s edge to 30-23 with 13:08 to play.

The 49ers stopped Green Bay at the 4-yard line to deny the Packers a touchdown but San Francisco couldn’t manage a first down and Green Bay battled back to delight a home crowd at Lambeau Field.

No mistake... Mason Crosby (2) slots the matchwinning field goal. Picture: Getty

No mistake… Mason Crosby (2) slots the matchwinning field goal. Picture: GettySource:AFP

Rodgers connected with Adams on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 1:55 remaining and Crosby kicked the conversion to equalise.

Green Bay’s Kevin King intercepted a C.J. Beathard pass at the Packers’ 10-yard line with 67 seconds remaining and Rodgers then drove the Packers 81 yards in 10 plays, the march capped with Crosby’s winning field goal.

“He had a rough one last week but we love Mase,” Rodgers said.

“The guys have wrapped their arms around him all week.

“We had faith in Mason from everywhere. To get him even closer made that kick almost a certainty.”

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) spearheaded the comeback. Picture: AFP

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) spearheaded the comeback. Picture: AFPSource:AP

Rodgers, nagged by a left knee injury suffered in the season opener, now enjoys an off week before the Packers face the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams and New England the following week.

“It’s a nice win going into the bye week,” Rodgers said. “We’re going to find out what kind of team we are.” San Francisco drove 75 yards in seven plays after the opening kick-off and scored on Matt Breida’s 3-yard touchdown run.

The Packers answered just 1:42 later on Ty Montgomery’s 2-yard touchdown run with Rodgers connecting on a 60-yard pass to rookie Marquez Valdez-Scantling to set up the score.

C.J. Beathard (3) had a huge game for the San Francisco 49ers. Picture: AFP

C.J. Beathard (3) had a huge game for the San Francisco 49ers. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Green Bay recovered a fumble on the ensuing kick-off that led to a 29-yard Crosby field goal for a 10-7 Packers lead.

Rodgers connected with Adams on a 9-yard touchdown pass to boost Green Bay’s lead but the 49ers answered quickly on Beathard’s 67-yard touchdown toss to Marquise Goodwin that pulled San Francisco within 17-14 after a wild first quarter.

Crosby added a 39-yard field goal for the Packers but Goodwin, a 2012 US Olympic long jumper, grabbed a 30-yard touchdown throw from Beathard and the 49ers seized a 21-20 lead with 6:05 remaining in the first half.

 

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