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Packers' Lowry winded after TD rumble

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    The Green Bay Packers’ Dean Lowry runs back a fumble recovery for a touchdown during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in Green Bay.

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    Green Bay Packers' Dean Lowry celebrates after running back a fumble for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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    Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones leaps in the end zone for a touchdown during overtime of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 26-20. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

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    Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Cameron Brate celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

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    Green Bay Packers' Dean Lowry celebrates after running back a fumble for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

    Mike Roemer

GREEN BAY — 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 on Sunday. The game ended on the opening possession of overtime with Aaron Jones’ 20-yard scoring run on his only carry.

Lowry’s touchdown 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 the return of quarterback Jameis Winston 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. The quarterback 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.”


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