StaTuesday: Packers’ Jones and other rare 1 carry, 1 touchdown games

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown run during overtime to seal the 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Aaron Jones certainly made the most of his playing time in Green Bay’s win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The Packers running back was in on just two offensive snaps — getting one carry, which he scored from 20 yards out in overtime to give Green Bay the victory.

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It was the first time that a Packers player scored on his only carry of the game since … ok, well, in under a month. Jamaal Williams, who has taken over the starting backfield role from Jones, did the same against Detroit on Nov. 6, albeit his was just from 1-yard out and came in a loss.

Despite Williams’ recent similar occurrence, scoring on the only carry of a game is quite rare in Packers annals. Jones’ singular rush for a TD was the 36th time it has happened for Green Bay since 1950 and he was just the 25th player to accomplish the, uh, feat.

Most of the previous one carry for a TD players were quarterbacks (13 times by seven different QBs), with a few wide receivers thrown in as well a couple of tight ends and even one defensive player (B.J. Raji). There were also a few fullbacks (hello, John Kuhn). Williams, though, is just one of five “true” running backs (Fred Cone was a fullback in 1956, when fullbacks ran a little more often) who has the 1 carry-1 TD resume.

Williams’ 20-yard run is tied for the fifth-longest of such games in Packers history, and the longest by a running back (four of the other five not surprisingly were done by wide receivers).

However, Williams is in a class of his own among the 1 carry-1 TD group — he’s not only the only player to do it in overtime, but also he’s the only to have a game-winning score.

William Henderson came close to doing it twice. In his 1999 one-carry, one-TD game he scored with four minutes to play, giving Green Bay a 31-27 lead over Carolina, but Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein ran it in from one-yard out as time expired to win the game. In 2002, Henderson’s 1-yard touchdown with 1:10 remaining put Green Bay on top of Atlanta 34-31. However, Jay Feely hit a 52-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to send the game into OT, where Packers kicker Ryan Longwell won it with a 34-yard field goal.

This is perhaps not an honor Jones would like to own — we’re sure he’d like to have more than one carry a game — but we also know that Lambeau Leap had to feel good.

Here’s the complete list of Packers players who had one carry in a game which resulted in a touchdown (note: since 1950; information via pro-football-reference.com):

PLAYER POS DATE OPP YDS
Paul Christman QB 10/8/1950 NYY 1
Johnny Papit HB 10/11/1953 LAR 7
Fred Cone FB 10/21/1956 LAR 2
Bart Starr QB 10/12/1958 BAL 1
Lamar McHan QB 10/9/1960 BAL 35
Bart Starr QB 9/30/1962 CHI 5
Bart Starr QB 12/4/1966 SF 1
Scott Hunter QB 9/26/1971 DEN 4
Zeke Bratkowski QB 10/10/1971 DET 1
Bart Starr QB 12/12/1971 CHI 1
Scott Hunter QB 12/10/1972 MIN 1
Scott Hunter QB 12/17/1972 NO 1
Jon Staggers WR 10/7/1973 NYG 20
Steve Odom WR 9/15/1974 MIN 18
Cliff Taylor RB 9/12/1976 SF 1
David Whitehurst QB 9/9/1979 NO 2
Eric Torkelson RB 9/9/1979 NO 3
David Whitehurst QB 10/1/1979 NE 4
James Lofton WR 9/20/1982 NYG 83
Harlan Huckleby RB 10/9/1983 DET 1
Gary Lewis TE 10/17/1983 WAS 2
Ed West TE 11/11/1984 MIN 2
Phil Epps WR 12/22/1985 TB 30
Brett Favre QB 11/22/1992 CHI 5
William Henderson FB 12/12/1999 CAR 1
Donald Driver WR 12/30/2001 MIN 31
William Henderson FB 9/8/2002 ATL 1
John Kuhn FB 9/27/2009 STL 1
John Kuhn FB 9/18/2011 CAR 1
B.J. Raji DT 11/20/2011 TB 1
John Kuhn FB 11/20/2011 TB 2
John Kuhn FB 9/4/2014 SEA 2
John Kuhn FB 10/4/2015 SF 1
Jeff Janis WR 12/11/2016 SEA 19
Jamaal Williams RB 11/6/2017 DET 1
Aaron Jones RB 12/3/2017 TB 20

 

Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow, Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns