Packers topple Browns as Aaron Rodgers sets franchise record

Baker Mayfield saw three of his four interceptions turned into touchdowns while Davante Adams feasted on 10 catches for 114 yards and two scores as the Green Bay Packers dealt a blow to the Cleveland Browns’ playoff hopes with a 24-22 win at Lambeau Field on Christmas Day

Last Updated: 26/12/21 7:32am


    Highlights of the Green Bay Packer and the Cleveland Browns from Week 16 of the 2021 season

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    Highlights of the Green Bay Packer and the Cleveland Browns from Week 16 of the 2021 season

    Highlights of the Green Bay Packer and the Cleveland Browns from Week 16 of the 2021 season

    Aaron Rodgers set the Green Bay Packers’ franchise record for most career touchdown passes on the way to a 24-22 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day. 

    Story of the Game

    Rodgers completed 24 of 34 passes for 202 yards and three scores, including an 11-yard strike to Allen Lazard with 5:13 left in the first quarter. That was his 443rd touchdown pass, breaking a tie with Brett Favre atop the franchise’s list.

    Green Bay (12-3) stayed top of the NFC with the win, sealing the outcome when Rasul Douglas intercepted Baker Mayfield with 43 seconds left at the Packers’ 40. It was Douglas’ second pick of the day.

    Mayfield, who arrived in Green Bay just hours before the game, hit 21 of 36 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns and a career-high four interceptions. His first three picks were converted into touchdowns.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers becomes Packers' all-time passing TD leader with 11-yard TD to wide receiver Allen Lazard

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    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers becomes Packers’ all-time passing TD leader with 11-yard TD to wide receiver Allen Lazard

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers becomes Packers’ all-time passing TD leader with 11-yard TD to wide receiver Allen Lazard

    Browns running back Nick Chubb rushed for 126 yards and a score on 17 carries. Cleveland (7-8) amassed 219 yards on 25 rushing attempts, but its playoff hopes were dealt a devastating blow.

    The Browns pulled within two points on Mayfield’s five-yard touchdown toss to Anthony Schwartz with 4:31 left in the game, then got the ball back with 2:05 remaining. They drove to midfield before Mayfield’s last interception sealed the outcome.

    Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas picks off Baker Mayfield again with game-sealing interception

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    Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas picks off Baker Mayfield again with game-sealing interception

    Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas picks off Baker Mayfield again with game-sealing interception

    Cleveland had got off to a fast start, taking the opening kickoff and marching 75 yards in just 2:39 before Chubb keyed it with a 40-yard gain off a screen pass and capped it with a one-yard touchdown run.

    Green Bay took the lead for good after the first of Mayfield’s four interceptions on Rodgers’ record-setting scoring strike, then used another Mayfield interception to build a 14-6 second-quarter lead as Rodgers found Davante Adams for a nine-yard touchdown.

    The Browns cut the lead to 14-12 at the 7:03 mark when Mayfield hit Harrison Bryant with a one-yard score, but a third interception of the half led to Rodgers’ one-yard touchdown flip to Adams 12 seconds before the break for a 21-12 advantage.

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard corrals spectacular one-handed catch on quarterback Aaron Rodgers' sideline dime

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    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard corrals spectacular one-handed catch on quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ sideline dime

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard corrals spectacular one-handed catch on quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ sideline dime

    Stats leaders

    Browns

    • Passing: Baker Mayfield, 21/36, 222 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs
    • Rushing: Nick Chubb, 17 carries, 126 yards, 1 TD
    • Receiving: Rashard Higgins, five catches, 58 yards
    • Nick Chubb, three catches, 58 yards

    Packers

    • Passing: Aaron Rodgers, 24/34, 202 yards, 3 TDs
    • Rushing: Aaron Jones, 12 carries, 66 yards
    • Receiving: Davante Adams, 10 catches, 114 yards, 2 TDs

    Scoring Summary

    Scoring summary

    FIRST QUARTER
    Browns 6-0 PackersNick Chubb one-yard rushing TD (extra point missed)
    Browns 6-7 PackersAaron Rodgers 11-yard TD pass to Allen Lazard (extra point)
    SECOND QUARTER
    Browns 6-14 PackersAaron Rodgers nine-yard TD pass to Davante Adams (extra point)
    Browns 12-14 PackersBaker Mayfield one-yard TD pass to Harrison Bryant (failed two-point conversion)
    Browns 12-21 PackersAaron Rodgers one-yard TD pass to Davante Adams (extra point)
    THIRD QUARTER
    Browns 12-24 PackersMason Crosby 32-yard field goal
    Browns 15-24 PackersChris Naggar 37-yard field goal
    FOURTH QUARTER
    Browns 22-24 PackersBaker Mayfield five-yard TD pass to Anthony Schwartz (extra point)

    What’s Next?

    Green Bay’s (12-3) penultimate game of the regular season comes at home to the Minnesota Vikings (7-7), while the Browns (7-8) will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6-1) knowing they will be eliminated from postseason contention if the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers all win on Sunday.

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