LANDOVER, Md. – When the Packers’ offense came to life in the second quarter on Sunday, the running game still hadn’t found its groove.
When the ground game did so midway through the third quarter, there was no stopping the Packers in a 35-18 NFC wild-card playoff victory over the Redskins at FedEx Field.
Through Green Bay’s first running play of the second half, the Packers had gained a measly 19 yards on 10 rushing attempts.
Lacy rumbled for 30 yards on the very next play to set up a touchdown, and
At last, both phases of Green Bay’s offense were in gear, and the rest was academic.
“The line started pushing guys, doing a great job of just getting body on body and giving us the holes to run through,” Starks said.
Lacy, Starks and
Once the Redskins, already struggling to slow down a hot-throwing
“They were starting to get a little tired, and that’s when the big runs started to come,” said Lacy, who finished with 63 yards to Starks’ 53, with each scoring a TD, while Cobb added 24 yards on the ground.
“In the first half, it didn’t look the way we wanted it to, but we kind of expected that, and we stuck with it. We didn’t go away from it in the second half, and we were able to get those big runs.”
Lacy’s crucial run on fourth-and-1 went off left tackle, where third-year pro
“I thought he did a great job,” neighbor and left guard
Lacy said the entire offense came into the game with a bit of a chip on its shoulder. It hadn’t performed with any consistency for several weeks, leading the pundits to declare Washington’s Kirk Cousins as the hot QB coming in, not Rodgers.
The assessment was fair, given the statistics, but that doesn’t mean the Packers liked hearing it.
“We saw it. We see everything. That’s part of it,” Cobb said.
“We know who Aaron is. We know how good he is. Us as a team, we stick together. We don’t care about what’s written, we don’t care about what’s said. We know what we want to do and how we’re going to get it done, and we were able to get a win tonight.”
With a running game every team strives to find in the playoffs. Lacy and Starks finished with 12 carries apiece and a combined 4.8-yard average.
“When we’ve got those two guys running that hard, it really boosts everybody up,” Sitton said. “We love it as an offensive line. When you see Eddie getting fired up and James as well, they’re a great 1-2 punch. When that is on, I think the offense is really clicking.”