GREEN BAY – The votes are in, and now it’s time to cast one more.
Below are the fans’ favorite Peak Performances from each quarter of the Packers’ 2017 season. As the top vote-getters in the weekly series, they are the candidates for Peak Performance of the Year.
The final poll is awaiting your choice.
DT Mike Daniels vs. Seattle
This was the most dominant individual defensive performance of the season for the Packers, and it came in the opening game. In Green Bay’s 17-9 win, the Seahawks simply couldn’t block Daniels, and he lined up across from several players. He was in the backfield all day, with three tackles for loss and multiple third-down pressures. He teamed with Nick Perry for a 10-yard sack of QB Russell Wilson, and he later punched the ball out of Wilson’s hand for a sack-fumble deep in Seattle territory that led to a Green Bay touchdown. He was the biggest reason the Seahawks never found the end zone.
QB Aaron Rodgers at Dallas
A tremendous performance but unfortunately the last time anyone would see Rodgers at his best in 2017. He was an efficient 19-of-29 for 221 yards and three TDs for a 122.9 passer rating, bringing the Packers back from a 21-6 deficit for a thrilling 35-31 victory. He needed just 62 seconds to take the offense 75 yards for the game-winning score, a 12-yard TD pass to Davante Adams with 11 ticks left. The drive that included his own 18-yard scramble on third-and-8 during which he eluded two potential sacks, and two plays later he had the Packers in the end zone.
DE Dean Lowry vs. Tampa Bay
The second-year defensive lineman was as surprised as anyone when the football went from Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s hands into his, but Lowry made the most of it. The 6-foot-6, 296-pounder showed some speed in racing 62 yards the other way for a touchdown, maximizing on the sack and forced fumble by teammate Kenny Clark. Later in the game, Lowry got a sack of his own, a 14-yard unblocked takedown of Winston on third down to force a punt.
WR Davante Adams at Cleveland
Adams was backup QB Brett Hundley’s go-to guy to pull off the comeback over the Browns, as Green Bay’s top receiver had 10 catches for 84 yards and two scores. Late in the third quarter, Adams had grabs on back-to-back plays of 15 and 9 yards to get the ball in the red zone for an early fourth-quarter touchdown. He then hauled in the game-tying 1-yard touchdown pass, helping calm a potentially chaotic situation as an initial touchdown was overruled by replay, leading to a 10-second runoff and the clock rolling at the snap. Finally, in OT, Adams caught a 5-yard slant over the middle to convert on third-and-2, followed by his third-and-6 grab on which he broke a tackle, spun away from the defense, and went 25 yards to paydirt.