EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Aaron Rodgers said this week he has to “get hot” for the Packers during the stretch run.
Turns out all he needed on Sunday was the right amount of magic at the right time.
A couple of vintage Rodgers plays on the game’s most important drive fueled a strong finish to the Packers’ 31-13 victory over the Giants on a slick MetLife Stadium surface.
The Packers were looking to answer a third-quarter field goal by the Giants that cut Green Bay’s lead to 17-13, and they faced fourth-and-10 from the New York 35-yard line.
It was too far for a field goal in the conditions and too close to punt (the Giants went for it twice on fourth down in Green Bay territory on a long second-quarter drive), so Head Coach Matt LaFleur kept the ball in Rodgers’ hands.
All the two-time MVP did was somehow sling one over the middle off his back foot with Giants leading sacker Markus Golden bearing down on him, finding Geronimo Allison for a 15-yard gain.
“That was kind of the play of the game,” Rodgers said, the understatement of the day. “We needed a drive there. I love the aggressiveness from Matt.
“I kind of held it, held it, and saw G-mo put his hand up. I was fortunate to get it in a good spot there.”
Indeed, only Rodgers wasn’t done. As the drive continued and the fourth quarter arrived, a penalty and a couple tackles for loss turned first-and-goal from the 1 into third and goal from the 17.
No problem, right?
Rodgers caught the Giants trying to substitute and used the free play to find Davante Adams for the touchdown to put the Packers back in command. More classic Rodgers.
“That was just a great heads-up play by him and he’s done that for years,” LaFleur said. “Our guys were all on the same page.”
The Green Bay Packers faced the New York Giants in a Week 13 matchup on Sunday, Dec. 1.