GREEN BAY – The votes are in, and now it’s time for one final vote to be cast.
The top vote-getters from our previous five installments of Peak Performances are here. One was chosen from each segment of the season, so all that’s left to do is vote for your Peak Performance of the Year.
Here are the winners, in chronological order: Games 1-4
DT Mike Daniels at Minnesota
The Packers didn’t win this game, but it was through no fault of Daniels’ effort. He lined up everywhere on the defensive line, and none of the Vikings’ offensive linemen could block him. He was instrumental in holding RB Adrian Peterson to just 19 yards on 12 carries, and Daniels added four QB hits on Sam Bradford, including a 9-yard sack. Daniels flat-out dominated up front.
RB Ty Montgomery vs. Chicago
Montgomery hadn’t fully converted to running back yet, but this game provided a taste of what he could do as a hybrid offensive player. He touched the ball 19 times, recording nine carries for 60 yards and 10 receptions for 66 more. His 30-yard run on a draw play early in the third quarter jump-started a TD drive after the Packers had fallen behind 10-6.
QB Aaron Rodgers at Philadelphia
Rodgers backed up his “run the table” comment on a Monday night in Philly, putting together a very efficient performance (30-of-39, 313 yards, two TDs, 116.7 rating) in leading the Packers to the first of eight straight victories. He engineered one of the best drives of the season, a 17-play, 78-yard march that consumed 8:21 on the fourth-quarter clock and produced a field goal to clinch the 27-13 win. The drive included passes of 22 and 21 yards to Nelson to convert on third-and-12 and fourth-and-5.
RB Ty Montgomery at Chicago
The second-year pro made this list again, earning his stripes at his new position by rushing 16 times for 162 yards and two TDs in what became a last-second, 30-27 win. Montgomery’s 61-yard run in the second quarter was the Packers’ longest of the season, and it was one of three carries for 25-plus yards as he broke tackles time and time again. His rushing total was the most by a Packers RB in the regular season in 11 years.
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. But that wasn’t all. 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.