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Davante Adams scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime and the Green Bay Packers edged the Cleveland Browns.

1:24 | December 10, 2017 | Cleveland Browns, Football, Green Bay Packers, NFL

Game Information
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 67,431

CLEVELAND (AP) Your turn, Aaron Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers saved their season just in time for their star's return.

Brett Hundley threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams in overtime as the Packers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter for a 27-21 win on Sunday over the winless and luckless Cleveland Browns.

Hundley pulled out his third win - and second straight in OT - since replacing Rodgers, and now the Packers (7-6) will get back their quarterback after their season appeared doomed when he broke his collarbone in October.

"My No. 1 thought going into it was to keep our hopes alive to make the playoffs," said Hundley, who had three touchdown passes. "At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. Whenever I'm called upon, I'll be ready. In the meantime, we're still in this."

Barely.

On third-and-6 in overtime, Hundley threw a short pass to Adams , who spun out of Myles Garrett's arms and went in untouched with 5:05 left as the Packers set the stage for Rodgers' return. He returned to practice this week, and as long as he's cleared by Green Bay's medical staff, Rodgers will be back on the field next Sunday when the Packers play Carolina.

"We kept the playoffs alive," said safety Josh Jones, who intercepted rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer to set up the winning score. "We got the best quarterback in the league coming back, so we feel a lot better."

It was another devastating loss for the Browns (0-13), who made several critical mistakes late in regulation before Kizer's poor decision on his final throw.

Kizer was rolling to his left and tried to throw across his body to Rashard Higgins when his arm was hit by linebacker Clay Matthews. If not for the contact, Kizer felt the Browns would have won.

"I thought we had control of the game pretty much the majority of the game," Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey said. "It's definitely frustrating. Green Bay had the better team today. I don't know why it keeps happening."

Down 21-14 heading into the fourth period, the Packers, who beat Tampa Bay last week in overtime, rallied on Hundley's 1-yard TD pass to Adams with 17 seconds left in regulation.

A 65-yard punt return by Trevor Davis set up Green Bay's score, which came after Hundley was ruled down inside the 1 after an apparent 6-yard scoring run. Out of timeouts, coach Mike McCarthy elected not to risk a run and Hundley rifled his pass into the corner for Adams, who beat Jason McCourty on the play.

Hundley's tight spiral was reminiscent of so many thrown by Rodgers, who stayed warm on the sideline inside a large green sideline jacket.

Hundley finished 35 of 46 with three touchdowns and made the big plays when he had to against the lowly Browns.

"He plays his best football when the game's on the line," McCarthy said of the young QB. "You can't teach that. He's a winner."

Cleveland was in position to run out the clock before overtime but rookie tight end David Njoku dropped a key third-down pass. Cleveland's punt team couldn't bring down Davis, who weaved his way to the Browns 25.

Kizer threw three touchdown passes, one to Josh Gordon, and went 20 of 28 for 214 yards. But he'll be haunted by the late pick.

"You can't make that," coach Hue Jackson said. "If it does not feel right, it probably is not right."

Cleveland's heartbreaking loss closed a turbulent week: The team fired Sashi Brown, its top front office executive, and owner Jimmy Haslam said Jackson will return next season.

Isaiah Crowell rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries. Gordon, playing his first home game since Dec. 14, 2014, had three catches for 69 yards and caught an 18-yard TD pass in the first quarter that he celebrated by putting on sunglasses.

GORDON SHINES

After missing some scoring opportunities last week in Los Angeles, Gordon was confident he and Kizer would connect against the Packers. They did just that on Cleveland's first play, hooking up for 38 yards. Moments later, Kizer threaded a perfect pass over the middle to Gordon, who made a leaping catch in the end zone for his first TD since Dec. 15, 2013. When he returned to the sideline, Gordon pulled off his helmet and put on a pair of dark sunglasses, then strutted in celebration before hugging Jackson.

Gordon did not speak to reporters.

OPENING ACT

They had to fake a punt to keep their first offensive drive going, but the Packers scored their league-leading seventh touchdown on their opening possession.

HALFWAY HOME

Cleveland's halftime lead was its second this season, and first on American soil. The Browns led the Vikings 13-12 at halftime of their Oct. 29 game in London before losing 33-16.

INJURIES

Packers: CB Davon House was carted off in the fourth quarter with a back injury. House's feet got tangled and he fell hard to the turf. ... TE Lance Kendricks returned after sustaining a jaw injury in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Packers: At Carolina on Sunday

Browns: Host Baltimore in their final home game Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Packers Browns
08:50 Jamaal Williams 30 yd pass from Brett Hundley (Mason Crosby kick) 7 0
04:45 Josh Gordon 18 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Zane Gonzalez kick) 7 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Packers Browns
05:12 Duke Johnson Jr. 7 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Zane Gonzalez kick) 7 14

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Packers Browns
02:49 Corey Coleman 2 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Zane Gonzalez kick) 7 21

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Packers Browns
12:50 Jamaal Williams 1 yd run (Mason Crosby kick) 14 21
00:17 Davante Adams 1 yd pass from Brett Hundley (Mason Crosby kick) 21 21

Overtime Summary
Time Team Play Detail Packers Browns
10:05 Davante Adams 25 yd pass from Brett Hundley 27 21

Team Stats
  Green Bay Cleveland
1st Downs 24 17
Total Yards 341 345
Passing 256 209
Passing Completions/Attempts 35-46 20-28
Yards/Pass 5.4 7.0
Rushing 85 136
Rushing Attempts 27 27
Yards/Rush 3.1 5.0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Possession 36:17 28:38

Green Bay Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Brett Hundley 35 46 265 5.8 3 0

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
DeShone Kizer 20 28 214 7.6 3 2

Green Bay Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jamaal Williams 15 49 3.3 1 12
Brett Hundley 7 31 4.4 0 19
Jermaine Whitehead 1 7 7.0 0 7
Aaron Jones 4 -2 -0.5 0 1

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Isaiah Crowell 19 121 6.4 0 37
Duke Johnson Jr. 6 8 1.3 0 6
DeShone Kizer 2 7 3.5 0 8

Green Bay Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Davante Adams 10 84 8.4 2 25
Jamaal Williams 7 69 9.9 1 30
Randall Cobb 8 39 4.9 0 16
Jordy Nelson 4 33 8.2 0 12
Geronimo Allison 4 29 7.2 0 9
Lance Kendricks 2 11 5.5 0 6
Trevor Davis 0 0 0.0 0
Aaron Ripkowski 0 0 0.0 0
Richard Rodgers 0 0 0.0 0

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Josh Gordon 3 69 23.0 1 38
Corey Coleman 5 62 12.4 1 20
Duke Johnson Jr. 4 41 10.2 1 18
Seth DeValve 2 16 8.0 0 11
Randall Telfer 1 12 12.0 0 12
Isaiah Crowell 3 10 3.3 0 7
David Njoku 1 3 3.0 0 3
Danny Vitale 1 1 1.0 0 1
Rashard Higgins 0 0 0.0 0

Green Bay Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 4 2 0 0
Mike Daniels 4 1 0 0
Blake Martinez 4 5 0 0
Jake Ryan 4 2 0 0
Clay Matthews 2 0 1 5
Kyler Fackrell 2 0 1 0
Vince Biegel 2 0 0 0
Morgan Burnett 2 2 0 0
Kenny Clark 2 1 0 0
Davon House 2 0 0 0
Damarious Randall 2 0 0 0
Montravius Adams 1 0 0 0
Josh Hawkins 1 1 0 0
Josh Jones 1 0 0 0
Dean Lowry 1 3 0 0
Jermaine Whitehead 1 0 0 0
Ahmad Brooks 0 1 0 0
Trevor Davis 0 0 0 0

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jason McCourty 8 2 0 0
Christian Kirksey 6 4 0 0
James Burgess 5 4 0 0
Derrick Kindred 5 1 0 0
Kai Nacua 5 0 0 0
Mike Jordan 4 0 0 0
Joe Schobert 4 5 0 0
Jamar Taylor 2 1 0 0
Nate Orchard 1 2 1 9
Myles Garrett 1 3 0 0
Larry Ogunjobi 1 1 0 0
B.J. Bello 0 0 0 0
Joel Bitonio 0 0 0 0
Caleb Brantley 0 2 0 0
Trevon Coley 0 2 0 0
Matthew Dayes 0 0 0 0
Seth DeValve 0 0 0 0
Tyrone Holmes 0 1 0 0
Josh Keyes 0 0 0 0
Deon King 0 0 0 0
Carl Nassib 0 2 0 0
Danny Vitale 0 0 0 0

Green Bay Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 1 2 0
Josh Jones 1 0 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Green Bay Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trevor Davis 3 75 25.0 0 26

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Matthew Dayes 2 24 12.0 0 16

Green Bay Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trevor Davis 2 63 31.5 0 65

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Duke Johnson Jr. 2 5 2.5 0 5

Green Bay Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Green Bay Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Justin Vogel 4 191 55

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Britton Colquitt 4 209 56