GREEN BAY – It’s time for another round of Peak Performances, packers.com’s review of the previous season that highlights some of the top individual efforts during the course of the year.
The series is being presented chronologically, with each segment covering a portion of the season and concluding here with the playoffs. Be sure to vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page.
The weekly winners will be in the final poll next week for Peak Performance of the Year.
Selections were made in an attempt to highlight a variety of different victories and individual players throughout the season. WR Randall Cobb vs. New York Giants
Cobb tied a franchise and NFL postseason record with three touchdown receptions, beginning with a 42-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the first half. He added TD grabs of 30 and 16 yards in the second half on his way to a five-catch, 116-yard day.
QB Aaron Rodgers vs. New York Giants
Credit goes to the guy who threw the Hail Mary, too, as Rodgers overcame a sluggish to start to throw for four TDs, tying his own franchise playoff record. His 125.2 passer rating was his third highest in a playoff game. After starting 6-of-14 for 54 yards, he was 19-of-26 for 308 yards and all four scores over the game’s final 34 minutes.
DB Micah Hyde at Dallas
Hyde was everywhere against the Cowboys, sacking QB Dak Prescott, breaking up a deep ball to WR Brice Butler, and picking off Prescott on a wide receiver screen in the third quarter with Dallas in the red zone. The interception was Hyde’s fourth in a six-game stretch for the first-time playoff captain.
TE Jared Cook at Dallas
Cook saved his second 100-yard game of the year for the perfect time, catching six passes for 104 yards and a TD in just his second career playoff game. He finished a third-quarter touchdown drive by himself, catching a 26-yard pass on a go route and then grabbing the 3-yard TD toss off play-action on the next snap. He then made maybe the best play of the season late in the game, snagging Rodgers’ 36-yard bullet along the sideline while tip-toeing to keep his feet in bounds, setting up …
K Mason Crosby at Dallas
… Crosby to hit a walk-off 51-yard field goal to send the Packers to the NFC title game with a 34-31 triumph. It was the longest game-winning field goal in NFL postseason history and extended Crosby’s league playoff record for consecutive made field goals to 23. Moments earlier, Crosby had drilled the longest postseason field goal in franchise history and the third longest in league history, a 56-yarder to put the Packers in front, 31-28, with 1:33 left.