Then he spied a 12th Redskins player trying to get off the field,Rolando McClain Jersey rushed to the line for a free play and drilled a 12-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb.
All the Packers turned up from there. The defense hounded Cousins; it finished with six sacks and at least twice as many knockdowns. After the Redskins took an 18-17 lead on their opening drive of the third quarter,Olivier Vernon Jersey Green Bay unleashed its often-dormant running game. The ensuing drive climaxed with five consecutive running plays, the last a four-yarder by James Starks for a lead the Packers wouldn't surrender. Starks,Richard Rodgers Jersey Eddie Lacy and the Packers rushed for 17 yards in the first half and 124 in the runaway second.
Meanwhile, Rodgers kept the Redskins off-balance with quick counts and varying tempos.
"We became a snowball,Jonathan Stewart Jersey" said Rodgers, "kind of going downhill, and it was tough for us to stop."
Yet toppling the Redskins,Cyrus Jones Jersey who have all of two postseason victories in the 2000s, is a different matter from returning to Arizona and gaining revenge against the 13-3 Cardinals. With all due respect to Cousins, who played well over the final 10 regular-season games and entered the playoffs on an undeniable tear,Doug Baldwin Jersey Rodgers has a far more worthy foe in Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. And – as if anyone forgot – Arizona's defense nearly swallowed the Packers whole two days after Christmas.
But that didn't stop Rodgers, who felt the wave of doubt from Packers fans,James Harrison Jersey the media who cover the team and pretty much the rest of the free world, from daring to posit in recent days that his team just might get hotter than hell.
"A lot of you probably thought that was lip service," he said in Washington.AJ McCarron Jersey "But we just needed a game like this to get our mojo back and get our confidence going.
"It just takes one performance to get us going back in the right direction and believing we can make a run."
Again, it's on you to decide whether or not you believe it.Chandler Jones Jersey The Packers might find their second visit to the desert even ghastlier than their first. Yet who knows? The Cardinals' postseason history is, at best,DeMarcus Ware Jersey shoddy. The 36-year-old Palmer's is almost incredibly bad; that is to say, he has zero playoff wins under his belt.
And did anybody notice Arizona's 36-6 loss at home to Seattle to cap the regular season?
Look, that Week 17 game didn't happen to mean much as far as playoff seeding and all that. But the Packers' victory in Washington meant a ton. It is to be taken under advisement. The Green and Gold – led by the best quarterback in the world? – are for real. You know: Maybe.