The Green Bay Packers returned to Lambeau Field for the first time in nearly a month to face the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon.
While it was far from pretty, the injury-riddled Packers came away with a harder-than-expected 24-15 victory.
Maybe quarterback Aaron Rodgers put it best: "It's good to be on this side of an ugly win," Rodgers said at his post-game press conference.
"The way we played on offense, especially the last couple weeks, the expectations were we were going to come and out and maybe blow them out. But we didn't play well enough on offense to get that done."
The bottom line is this: the Packers are 5-3 and have won three straight games.
Green Bay is tied for second place with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North Division, behind the 6-1 Chicago Bears, who are riding a five-game win streak.
The Packers, who played without six starters Sunday, face the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Sunday before its much-needed bye week.
"It was definitely a grind-it-out type victory today," head coach Mike McCarthy said.
The 1-6 Jaguars put up a fight throughout the contest, and the listless Packers simply could not put away an inferior opponent that was missing its most potent offensive weapon, running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
The few Green Bay highlights that gave the home crowd reason to cheer included a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter and crowd favorite Donald Driver's 4-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Both scores extended Packers leads, but the game was not formally secured until Mason Crosby's 25-yard field goal in the final half minute.
Dezman Moses recovered the blocked punt in the end zone after a mad scramble—the first such Green Bay TD on a blocked punt since 1990 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Driver appeared in his 200th regular-season game, joining quarterback Brett Farve as the only players in franchise history to reach that plateau.
The anemic Packers running game generated just 66 net yards—a paltry 2.5 average per rush. Rodgers threw for under 200 yards for the first time in 27 games, completing 22 of 35 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked twice and lost a fumble in the second quarter one sack at the Green Bay 13-yard line.
The bye week can't come soon enough for the banged-up Packers after the Arizona contest.
"Looking forward to the bye week to get 100%," Rodgers said.
NFL victories are hard to come by and Green Bay will take the "W."
"There are no style points—a win is a win," cornerback Tramon Williams said.