GREEN BAY – It’s time for another round of Peak Performances, packers.com’s look back at the most notable individual efforts of the past season.
The series is being presented in chronological order, so our fourth segment covers the final quarter of the season.
The top vote-getter from each collection will be in the running for Performance of the Year in the final poll, coming up soon.
QB Brett Hundley at Cleveland
Much like the Chicago game a month earlier, it took Hundley a while to get going, but he came through big in the fourth quarter, bringing the Packers back from a 14-point deficit to tie the game with just 17 seconds left and then win in overtime. He directed touchdown drives three of the last four times the offense touched the ball, finishing 35-of-46 for 265 yards with three TDs and a 111.2 passer rating.
WR Davante Adams at Cleveland
Adams was 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.
PR Trevor Davis at Cleveland
Davis had shown he was on the verge of breaking a big return for weeks, and he finally broke through, in a clutch situation no less. With the Packers trailing by seven and just under three minutes left, Davis took a Browns punt at his own 10-yard line, dodged and darted his way through traffic, and went 65 yards in all, leaving the offense just 25 yards to go to tie up the ballgame. He earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his work, the first Packers’ return specialist to win the award since 2014.
WR Randall Cobb at Carolina
In Aaron Rodgers’ return from his broken collarbone, Cobb had a strong day that was oh-so-close to being a huge one. He caught seven passes for 84 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown off the scramble drill when Rodgers dumped the ball to him over the middle and he took it the distance, deftly weaving his way through defenders to get to the end zone. Unfortunately, what could have been a go-ahead 74-yard TD pass in the third quarter wasn’t to be, as Cobb got behind the defense, but Rodgers’ throw down the seam was a tad short and got picked off.
DT Kenny Clark vs. Minnesota
The second-year defensive tackle’s season appeared to be over five weeks earlier when he was carted off of Lambeau Field with an ankle injury, but he missed only one game and then finished the season in impressive fashion. Against the Vikings, he posted a career-high two sacks, giving him 4½ sacks over a four-game span following the injury. The conclusion to Clark’s second season bodes well for his and the defense’s future.