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  • Associated Press Packers defensive end Dean Lowry runs back a fumble recovery for a touchdown during the first half Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Monday, December 04, 2017 1:00 am

Green Bay 26 Tampa Bay 20

Packers run over Bucs in overtime

Green Bay solid on defense

GENARO C. ARMAS | Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Dean Lowry estimates that he could run a 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds.

Watching him rumble down the field on a 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown might have felt like an eternity to fans at Lambeau Field.

Lowry's score highlighted a solid effort for the Packers' defense, and Green Bay's offense relied on the running game to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-20 in overtime Sunday. The game ended on the opening possession of overtime with Aaron Jones' 20-yard scoring run on his only carry.

Lowry's TD was even more entertaining.

Lowry snatched the ball out of the air following a strip-sack of Jameis Winston by Kenny Clark. Seconds later, the 6-foot-6, 296-pound lineman was making a Lambeau leap.

“It was good to show it off a little bit,” Lowry joked about his speed. “I was definitely winded right afterward.”

The Packers (6-6) got seven sacks along with a blocked punt by Kyler Fackrell and kept their playoff hopes alive. They still trail NFC North-leading Minnesota by four games, but there is renewed optimism with the possibility of quarterback Aaron Rodgers returning from a collarbone injury in a couple weeks.

“When you can grind it out and do things a different way and your team is successful ... we're a better team today, not only because we won the game but how we won,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

Green Bay spoiled Winston's return to the Buccaneers (4-8), whose playoff hopes are just about done.

Still, Winston refused to focus on anything but getting better for next week's game against Detroit. He missed Tampa Bay's three previous games with a shoulder injury.

“I can't really tell you about the future right now,” Winston said. “No one in this room can predict the future right now, so we've just got to keep building and getting better every single day.”

Running away

The Packers had just 84 yards passing but wore down the Buccaneers on the ground. Rodgers' replacement, Brett Hundley, had runs of 18 and 7 yards on the game-winning drive in overtime. If Green Bay can keep running the ball effectively, it may be able to stay in the playoff race until Rodgers returns to spice up the offense.

Hundley finished 13 of 22 for 84 yards, adding seven carries for 66 yards. Jamaal Williams ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.