GREEN BAY – As a new way to review the recently completed season, Packers.com has compiled a select list of “Peak Performances” in various categories.
Here are the top five on offense, recapped in chronological order. Be sure to watch the video highlights package, and vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page.
The top vote-getter in each category will then be in the final poll for “Peak Performance” of the year.
Aaron Rodgers vs. Kansas City, Week 3
In the Packers’ lone Monday Night Football performance of the season, Rodgers put on a show. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 333 yards and a season-best five touchdowns, with three of the scores going to Randall Cobb. Rodgers’ 138.5 passer rating helped Green Bay bolt to a 31-7 lead through 2½ quarters, and the Packers never looked back.
James Jones at Minnesota, Week 11
The veteran receiver posted his first 100-yard game since the Week 3 outburst, catching six passes for 109 yards and a score in a critical 30-13 victory over the Vikings that snapped a three-game losing streak and kept the Packers in first place in the NFC North. With the passing game struggling to make big plays, Jones had grabs of 25, 37 and 27 yards, the latter two finishing off a key second-half TD drive.
Richard Rodgers at Detroit, Week 13
It wasn’t just the spectacular 61-yard, game-winning Hail Mary that the Packers’ tight end hauled in during this game. He had eight catches for 146 yards in all, career highs by a longshot in both categories. On Green Bay’s two second-half TD drives before the final possession, he had a pair of 26-yard receptions and an 11-yard grab. The Hail Mary was one of his eight touchdown catches on the season.
Offensive line vs. Dallas, Week 14
With the offense finally finding a rhythm again versus one of the league’s top defenses, much of the credit goes to the guys up front. JC Tretter was filling in for Corey Linsley at center, but otherwise it was the main starting group, with Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang at the guards, and David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga at the tackle spots. They paved the way for a combined 195 rushing yards on 35 carries by running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks. The Packers rushed for a season-high 230 yards in all, and Aaron Rodgers was sacked just twice in 35 pass attempts.
Jeff Janis at Arizona, NFC divisional playoff
Forced into an unexpectedly large role after Randall Cobb left the game with an injury, Janis responded with a breakout game, catching seven passes for 145 yards. He caught four for 36 on two scoring drives in the second quarter, snagged an 8-yard TD pass for his first pro score in the third quarter, and then made two of the biggest plays of the season on the final drive. His 60-yard reception on fourth-and-20 kept a seemingly hopeless drive alive, and then his 41-yard TD catch on a Hail Mary against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson sent the playoff game into overtime.