NFL Playoffs 2021: Green Bay Packers Running Game Catches LA Rams Defense off Guard

Published 01/16/2021, 7:51 PM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) carries the ball against Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams (31) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Rams entered Lambeau Field prepared to neutralize Aaron Rodgers and his aerial threat. What they clearly weren’t prepared for was the Green Bay Packers’ running game.

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Right from the word go, it was the Packers’ running backs that dictated the play. Getting important first downs, making big plays, and even scoring touchdowns. 

The LA Rams defense just had no answers for the Packers rushing corps of Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and AJ Dillon. The Packers ended the night with 188 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. One courtesy of quarterback Aaron Rodgers

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Yes, you read that right. Aaron Rodgers at the age of 37 scrambled and ran the ball into the endzone bamboozling the Rams defense.

LA Rams left reeling without Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald is the cornerstone of Sean McVay’s LA Rams defense. The defensive linesman is a tackling-machine and is widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game. 

Donald, however, entered this game with a partially torn rib cartilage. An injury he picked against the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round game. 

Oct 26, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) and defensive end Michael Brockers (90) celebrate in the final minute against the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Bears 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

And the man who almost never misses a snap, had to sit out a bunch of them as he took on a limited role through the night. This was thoroughly exploited by Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur, who opted to run the ball more than usual.

A decision which worked out for them perfectly as their rushing got them almost half their 1st downs. 

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Aaron Jones, the pick of the bunch for the Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones was the man to lead the Packers’ running game. And he did it in style. Ending the night barely shy of the 100-yard-mark with 99 rushing yards on 13 carries, the running back got the Packers their 4th touchdown of the game. Earlier in that very drive, Jones rushed for 60 yards to help set up the Packers deep into Rams territory.

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The running back registered his second 1,000+ yard rushing season in 2020 and looks to be a key tool for the Packers heading into the NFC Conference Championship.

A tie where Aaron Rodgers will either face Drew Brees and New Orleans Saints or Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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