With 12 seconds left remaining on the game clock in Arlington, Texas, number 12 for the Green Bay Packers displayed yet again why he’s considered to be one of the greatest the game has ever known.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not deliver another Hail Mary touchdown. Instead, he delivered a dime. A 36-yard pass spinning from his left to send the Packers to the NFC Championship game.
The throw was perfect, but the catch and awareness of tight-end Jared Cook to keep his feet inbounds make this the best postseason game.
Rodgers arm talent is beyond incredible, yet NFL games are won by quarterbacks like him who extend the play giving receivers and special teams a better chance to convert for a score.
By no means were the Packers in total control of the game. The Dallas Cowboys rallied down 15 points by the start of the fourth quarter all thanks to rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
In his first playoff game, Prescott was simply impressive in the second half firing bullet passes and keeping the Packers linebackers honest. What makes Prescott’s future bright is his dual threat ability to make defenses soft on the blitz.
In the game, Prescott flashed instances of Rodgers extending plays with his eyes rather than his feet. Prescott had several occasions with wide open space to gain first downs, yet he elected to wait and look down the field to connect with playmakers like Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.
Considering it is the Cowboys fifth straight loss in the divisional round, the team’s future was solidified in this game. With a strong tandem in Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas will be in contention for years to come if these two continue to ascend.
For now, the only thing ascending is the resurgence of a Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys rivalry.