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NFL Week 16 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 24, Cleveland Browns 22

Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts after throwing a touchdown in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't until Baker Mayfield’s fourth interception of the game that the Green Bay Packers put away the Cleveland Browns, 24-22, at Lambeau Field in Week 16.

Aaron Rodgers broke Brett Favre’s team record for most touchdown passes and finished with three touchdowns and 202 yards through the air. His preferred target, as always, was Davante Adams, who caught 10 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Mayfield tallied 222 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions while Nick Chubb gained 129 yards on 17 carries.

Next week, the Packers play Sunday night at home against the Minnesota Vikings, and the Browns have an important divisional game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers.

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Green Bay Packers

Quarterback

Rodgers was efficient throughout the game but had some issues when throwing to the intermediate part of the field. However, he did not throw an interception and was not sacked. 

Aaron Rodgers by Target Depth
Target Depth Completions Attempts Yards TD:INT
Behind LOS 7 7 26 0:0
0-9 Yards 14 19 100 2:0
10-19 Yards 1 6 9 1:0
20+ Yards 2 2 67 0:0
Running Back

The Packers' running back committee of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon once again split carries. Jones handled 12 attempts for 66 yards, 59 of which came after contact. He also forced three missed tackles. Dillon was given nine carries, which he took for 41 yards — including 31 after contact. 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Adams was thrown at 15 times and caught 10 passes for 114 yards. He did drop one target. He put up 3.35 yards per route run, making him the only Packers player with a figure above two yards. Adams also generated a 142.3 passer rating when targeted. 

Offensive Line

Green Bay's front five didn't give up a sack, but Yosh Nijman and Royce Newman each allowed two pressures. They were the only players with multiple pressures surrendered.

Defensive Line

Four linemen recorded multiple pressures, and Kenny Clark and Preston Smith each came away with three. Dean Lowry posted one sack, while Smith and Rashan Gary each had 1.5.

Linebackers

De’Vondre Campbell made seven tackles against the run and two defensive stops. Krys Barnes was thrown at four times and allowed four catches for 56 yards and two first downs.

Secondary

Eric Stokes saw six targets into his coverage, but he gave up just three catches for 29 yards. Chandon Sullivan was targeted four times and allowed just two catches for 36 yards. 

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Cleveland Browns

Quarterback

The Browns' passing game failed to find its footing in the contest. Mayfield was sacked five times and threw four interceptions in an ugly performance.

Adj. Comp. % Avg. Depth of Tgt Avg. Time to Throw Play-Action Pass %
Baker Mayfield 65.7% 9.1 2.35s 28.6%
Running Back

Nick Chubb totaled 184 scrimmage yards on three catches and 17 carries. He forced five missed tackles and averaged 5.9 yards after contact on rushes. 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Jarvis Landry saw a team-leading seven targets and caught four balls for 55 yards. Rashard Higgins hauled in five catches for 58 yards on six targets, with the lone incompletion being a drop.

Offensive Line

Michael Dunn surrendered four pressures, including a sack, and Joel Bitonio allowed both of his pressures to turn into sacks. Those two were the only Browns linemen to give up multiple pressures.

Defensive Line

Myles Garrett tallied two hurries, but it was Ifeadi Odenigbo who led the line with three pressures. In total, the unit recorded seven pressures and one hit on Aaron Rodgers.

Linebackers

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah made the group's lone stop in run defense and led the way in tackles against the run, with three. He was targeted four times in coverage but gave up only two catches for five yards.

Secondary

M.J. Stewart was continually targeted by Aaron Rodgers. He gave up 10 catches on 11 targets for only 44 yards, although two went for touchdowns. Greedy Williams allowed four catches on five targets for 65 yards, and Denzel Ward gave up four on eight targets for 57 yards.

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