GREEN BAY, WIS. – Slowing down led to a huge day for Aaron Jones.
After the Green Bay Packers' 20-15 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Jones credited running backs coach Ben Sirmans with teaching him to take his time and let plays develop. Jones said thanks to Sirmans' help, he was able to run wherever he wanted against Washington.
Jones rushed for a season-high 134 yards and a touchdown on only 16 carries, Aaron Rodgers threw for 195 yards and a score and Green Bay (10-3) did enough to hold on.
Jones had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and hauled in six passes for 58 yards.
"Man, I was born in December. I'm a Sagittarius. I've got a lot juice left," Jones said while laughing.
Jones scored from 4 yards on the Packers' opening drive. It was Jones' 12th rushing touchdown and 15th TD of the season. Rodgers found Robert Tonyan for a 12-yard touchdown on Green Bay's other first-quarter score.
The Packers offense didn't do much from there, getting field goals in the third and fourth quarters from Mason Crosby. The second came with 2:34 to go, giving Green Bay a 20-9 lead, and came after Rodgers found Jones for a 25-yard gain on third-and-14.
"That was pretty much the play of the game from an offensive standpoint," Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said. "It was looking pretty grim right there. Another third-and-long situation and just an incredible throw, incredible catch by Aaron Jones."
Adrian Peterson became the sixth back in NFL history to reach the 14,000-yard mark, running for 76 yards and a score for Washington (3-10), which was eliminated from playoff contention. Peterson has 14,036 yards in a 13-year career and needs 66 yards to pass Curtis Martin for fifth all-time.
"It means a lot, man," the former Vikings star said of reaching the career milestone. "It's history — six guys, I'm one of them. That kind of speaks for itself, so it's an amazing feeling, an amazing accomplishment. Wish I could enjoy it more if it was a W tagged onto it, but it's a spectacular accomplishment."