Last night the Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions 23-22 in a key NFC North division matchup where the Packers never led until the clock hit zero in the fourth quarter. The Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was special last night even without his star wide receiver Davante Adams for the second straight week due to turf toe.
Against the Dallas Cowboys it was the Aaron Jones show as he totaled 19 carries for 119 yards with four touchdowns. The wide receivers in that game only caught four passes. That needed to change against a tough Lions defense, but it seemed like no one was going to answer the call, until an undrafted free agent from Urbandale, Iowa, stepped up.
Allen Lazard was a hero in the victory over the Lions as he hauled in four receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown. Lazard was signed on December 18, 2018, off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad. He built a strong connection with Aaron Rodgers over the course of the preseason and built a solid resume that many thought would make him slide into the 53-man roster.
Lazard would be waived after the preseason, but went unclaimed and was signed to the Packers practice squad on September 1. Lazard would later be promoted to the active roster three days later. Through the first five weeks of the season, Lazard didn’t record a reception and was mostly seen on the field for special teams. On October 14, 2019, he finally got his opportunity.
The Packers receivers were struggling all night with dropped passes. One even resulted in an interception near the goal line. The Packers needed to get something going as they were down 22-13 in the fourth. With 9:03 remaining in the game, Lazard got his chance as he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to make it 22-20. Then in the game-winning drive for the Packers, Lazard recorded three catches which helped set up a Mason Crosby walk-off field goal from 23-yard as time expired.
“I see it in practice. I sit next to him in meetings. I see the study habits. I see the preparation. He’s been waiting for an opportunity. Finally, he got one. He played how I expected him to play. I’m very proud of him,” said Rodgers after the game on Lazard.
The Packers are now 5-1 and are in first place in arguably the most competitive division in the NFL. Next week the Packers will take on the Oakland Raiders in Lambeau with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.