Key to the game
He's "a star in the making," Rodgers continued. "He's a big-time player. He has the right approach for being a professional. He takes his job very seriously. He sees the game through the eyes of a quarterback; he's played quarterback before. He asks the right questions, he wants to be on the same page with me, he wants to know what I'm thinking."
Cobb turned in another virtuoso performance. He caught all eight passes thrown his way for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Cobb was at his best when the Packers needed him most.
With Green Bay's lead cut to 20-13 and 8:50 remaining, the game felt at least a little like the game at Indianapolis two weeks ago, when the Packers dominated but couldn't put the Colts away.
On second-and-10 from the 20-yard line, Cobb lined up in the backfield, took a shovel pass from Rodgers and gained 11 yards. On third-and-7 from the 34, Cobb again lined up in the backfield, caught a short pass from Rodgers, beat a defender and gained 8 yards for the first down. Finally, on third-and-8 from the Rams' 39, came the play of the game. Rodgers coaxed Kendall Langford offside, rolled to his left and threw a picture-perfect deep ball over 6-foot-3 cornerback Trumaine Johnson and into the hands of the 5-foot-10 Cobb for the clinching touchdown.
"They're offsides, and we're thinking automatically, ‘Get open for Aaron,'" Cobb said. "I actually went inside and I was open on the inside, and I saw him scrambling back to the left, and so I reversed and came back to the left, just tried to get in his vision and come back upfield. Gotta make the play. That's the only thing in my head – catch the ball."
Rodgers said he wasn't sure if offsides had been called and was torn on whether to assume a flag had been thrown and take a shot down the field or if he should play it safe and simply try to move the chains.
"Jeff (Saturday) did a great job of snapping that one early," Rodgers said. "From there, it's just kind of ad-libbing a little bit. To be honest with you, I saw the left side collapse a little bit and I was thinking I might be able to run and get some yards and keep the play clock going. Randall put his hand up and (I) felt good about the throw and he made a great catch in the end zone. That's a big-time play for us and we've made some big ones at times when we've drawn them offsides."
By the numbers
150: With the second of his three touchdown passes, Aaron Rodgers became the second-fastest player to 150 in NFL history. Rodgers needed 76 games; Hall of Famer Dan Marino needed 62.
95.3: The Packers' winning percentage when scoring at least 30 points under Mike McCarthy, a record of 41-2.
60.0: The Packers' third-down conversion rate, easily the best of the season. Green Bay converted 50 percent (4-of-8) against the Saints and was just 39.0 percent entering the game.
11: Games against top-10 defenses, based on rankings entering this week's games. That includes Sunday's game against the Rams (No. 7) and the home-and-home NFC North matchups.
10: Interceptions by Irv Comp in 1943, which is a team record for a rookie and overall. Rookie Casey Hayward has four interceptions, putting him on pace for nine.
9: Rodgers' combined touchdown passes over the last two games, the best two-game span of his career, topping the back-to-back four-touchdown games against San Diego and Minnesota last season.
8: Carries by Alex Green that either gained no yards (four) or lost yards (four).
1.8: Rushing average for Green, with 20 carries for 35 yards.
1.1: Average on the Packers' other carries when a 19-yard run by Randall Cobb, 15-yard run by Green and 9-yard run by John Kuhn are eliminated — leaving Green Bay with 27 yards on the other 23 attempts.
0: Points allowed on game-opening drives this season. Only the Packers and Bears, who face the Lions on Monday, have thrown season-long first-quarter shutouts. The Packers entered the week ranked second with 10 points allowed in the first quarter — it's 13 now — with Chicago ranked No. 1 with seven points.
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