Game Changing Play of the Week: Fourth Down Conversion Plays Big Role in Big Apple

Geronimo Allison's biggest catch of the year keeps a scoring drive alive for the Packers.

It wasn't always pretty, but the Packers picked up a huge victory in what ended up as a blowout win over the New York Giants on the road in the cold dampness of the new Meadowlands. 

A week after the Packers didn't execute a single big play, there were plenty to choose from this time around. A couple deep passes from Aaron Rodgers to Allen Lazard and three interceptions by the Packers' defense all were in the running, but I find myself agreeing with Andy Herman in thinking the biggest play of the game may very well have been the fourth-down conversion to the embattled Geronimo Allison.

The play

Andy does a nice job of summing up the situation here, but it's important to remember the way this game felt at the time. The Packers only had a 17-13 lead, and the third quarter was ticking away. The Packers had spent most of the second and third quarter just sort of letting the Giants hang around, whcih is never what you want to have happen in games against lower-quality opponents.

If the Packers don't convert, they give the Giants good field position down just four points. Ultimately the Packers did convert, though, and drove the rest of the way down the field to score a touchdown. The next time the Giants got the ball back, they were down two scores rather than just four points.

You've got Davante Adams split out to the left, Allison out wide to the right and MVS in the slot. Allison crosses to the middle of the field, while MVS heads on what appears to be a deep route down the right sideline. You also get Aaron Jones and Jimmy Graham going out on delayed checkdown routes. Rodgers appears to be looking at Adams from the start, but when the injury-hampered Bryan Bulaga gets beat around the right, Rodgers is forced to make a quick decision. Firing over the middle while falling backwards after getting hit near the ankles, Rodgers manages to connect with Allison, who *just* managed to get past his defender to reach the ball. 

Big time moment, and a big time play by Rodgers and Allison. It's easily Allison's biggest play of the year, on a day where he actually moved the chains in critical situations twice. These are the kinds of clutch plays Allison was expected to make all season long, but it just hasn't worked out that way. 

The Packers went down the field to score a touchdown, and the rest was history. 

Just another Rodgers throw with a high degree of difficulty in a crucial situation. Happy birthday Aaron!

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Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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Bearmeat's picture

December 02, 2019 at 04:19 pm

Happy we got the win, and 12 still has more than enough arm talent to be elite. GMo is JAG or worse.

And great teams don't barely beat bad teams. They blow them out.

Bah Humbug. lol

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Lphill's picture

December 02, 2019 at 05:13 pm

Someone posted earlier that the Packers find themselves in too many 3 rd and long situations, it seems that they can get at least 5 yards on first down so it’s the play calling on 2 Nd down that is a problem , yet on some 3 rd and shorts they go for a deep play instead of the easier first down play , very frustrating.but who is making these calls? This was a big 4 th down conversion but probably could have punted and picked up points on their next drive.

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Packer_Fan's picture

December 02, 2019 at 05:33 pm

I would like to know too. What would be great if Dusty looks at some of the 2nd down plays and puts together an article of plays and videos of what happens.

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albert999's picture

December 02, 2019 at 06:43 pm

LaFleur or Rodgers if he sees something
BUT RODGERS NEVER LOOKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAMN FIELD FOR THE 1ST DOWN

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albert999's picture

December 02, 2019 at 06:43 pm

LaFleur or Rodgers if he sees something
BUT RODGERS NEVER LOOKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAMN FIELD FOR THE 1ST DOWN

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jlc1's picture

December 03, 2019 at 10:49 am

Well I'm pretty sure Allison was in the middle of the field on this play. So that's one less than never.

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Swisch's picture

December 02, 2019 at 06:12 pm

These types of plays remind us of the greatness of Aaron Rodgers; and yet I hope his greatness doesn't get in the way of him sincerely developing a short passing game and making the easier throws as well.
If Rodgers commits himself to doing the ordinary with precision and grace, there will still be plenty of opportunities to do the spectacular.
Indeed, it's a persistence in the little things that will provide Rodgers -- and the Packers -- with more big moments in big games.

P.S.
Way to go,
Geronimo!!!

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porupack's picture

December 02, 2019 at 06:28 pm

Yep. Big moment. Glad for Ger-mo.

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albert999's picture

December 02, 2019 at 06:39 pm

Raiders just waived Trevor Davis .....interesting he already knows our system and he did a good job on their special teams?
Somethings up with that?

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Jonathan Spader's picture

December 02, 2019 at 07:27 pm

Seems like it. Packers released return specialist Tremon Smith. He played in six games this season and averaged 23.3 yards per kickoff return.

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ShooterMcGee's picture

December 02, 2019 at 08:43 pm

Trevor Davis has lost at least 2 fumbles for the Raiders. 1 was on the goal line and another was on a kick return last week. We don't need a turnover prone player on the field. Just be thankful we got a 6th rounder for nothing.

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sonomaca's picture

December 02, 2019 at 09:14 pm

I think they’ll resign him. They’ve got nothing.

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December 02, 2019 at 11:07 pm

Next stop for Davis is the XFL ...He is a guy that does not have It. It being football acumen.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

December 02, 2019 at 07:03 pm

To Doug:

 The Detroit Lions placed tight end T.J. Hockenson on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. Hockenson, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2019 draft, finishes his rookie season with 32 catches for 367 yards with two touchdowns in 12 games.

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December 03, 2019 at 06:22 am

Just food for thought Jonathan... Hockenson was also playing with Jeff Driskell and now a 3rd string QB for the last 4 weeks, not Matthew Stafford. I'd say that's quite the step down in QB play. Probably like Rodgers to Boyle

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edp1959's picture

December 02, 2019 at 09:29 pm

Someone must have gotten onto Linsley’s ass. I don’t recall any low snaps to Rodgers. I believe those low snaps were impacting his play. This was also a game changer.

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jlc1's picture

December 03, 2019 at 10:50 am

Or he just needs a sloppy, wet ball to improve his snaps.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

December 03, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Given the packer punt team not converting basically would have been 15 yards in field position
a missed 52 yard FG attempt another 7

neither was the end of the world

but it was really gutsy and smart play almost blown up by Bulaga failing again

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December 12, 2019 at 07:28 pm

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