GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) Brett Hundley’s play at Lambeau Field has been inconsistent. He’s yet to throw a touchdown pass at the Packers home field, and he didn’t do much to help his stats on Sunday. He completed just 13-of-22 passes for 84 yards and threw an interception, but he was able to deliver in critical moments, orchestrating the Packers game-winning overtime drive.
“I just felt comfortable,” Packer quarterback Brett Hundley said. “I’m just having fun now. This opportunity is so much, and it's truly a blessing, and you have to understand that we are blessed to play this game. You know, everybody in this locker room is blessed to play this game. Everyone is here for a reason. God gave us this opportunity to use it, and you know, we got to use our gifts to the best of our ability. The name of the game is winning and that’s all it comes down to.”
“We were up and down on offense, but when we needed it there on those last two drives in the 4th quarter and overtime to get to ten points, so I’m very proud of our guys,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.
A big part of the reason for the Packers’ success is simply being patient with their interim quarterback. Tampa Bay controlled time of possession, the Packers didn't get a first down in the second half until they had just six minutes left to play, but the team hung in there with Hundley to the last drive of the 4th quarter and in overtime, where he was able to pick up key first downs with his legs.
“I was so happy to see it, just being on the field for the majority of the day, but I don’t know winning in that fashion, you have to ask him what it means,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said. “It was real neat to see, and especially the fact that we didn’t have to go back out there, we were able to go down 60, 70 however many yards it was down the field, so impressive, but like I said earlier, there was a lot to correct no doubt about it, but a win is a win.”
“You know every drive he’s got that motivation,” Packers running back Jamaal Williams said. “We going to score. We going to get it, and as long as we all have that mindset, we know that we all good, and we know he’s going to perform as long as we keep him protected and give him time he'll be good.”
Hundley's chalked up his stat line as part of the growing pains of being a young quarterback, so at least for now, Hundley’s not too hung up on the numbers.
“You know, I can’t expect to throw for 300 or 400 yards every game. That’s the way the league is. That’s the way football is. I can’t expect to be a great, right, it takes a while to get to that point. It takes a while to put together that consistent level of play, so I’m not here to act like I can jump and be the best when I know I have to grow to it,” Hundley said.
The Packers have just four games left on the schedule, and that schedule becomes just a little bit more manageable if Aaron Rodgers is able to return in Week 15.