Packers Highlight Reel: Admiring Rodgers’ 39-yard TD Pass to Cobb

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

You might not see a better pass this season from Packers QB Aaron Rodgers than the one you saw to Randall Cobb in the fourth quarter on Sunday to seal the win against the Rams.

Packers fans are probably a little upset about all the injuries on this team right now, especially the latest news about Charles Woodson being out for up to six weeks.

If you’re one of those fans, take a minute and just watch Rodgers connecting with Cobb below. It’ll cheer you right up.

There. Feel better? Good.

That throw was Rodgers telling everyone else that he’s the MVP, dammit. And if you’re going to whisper about the MVP regressing and not playing like a MVP, well, then he’s going to unleash one of those and shut you up in a hurry.

Seriously, that was an amazing throw.

Sprinting to his left, Rodgers still manages to square his shoulders toward his target and release the ball quickly, right where it needed to go.

And watch Rodgers’ upper body while he’s on the run. There’s no jerky movement. His head remains up, eyes locked downfield. There is no sign of panic whatsoever.

If you didn’t see that Rodgers was being chased by several 300-pound men, you would think he’s just going through a drill against air on a warm August afternoon in training camp.

I’ll stop before I venture too far into hyperbole territory, but I think it’s important that we take the time to admire great plays every once in a while.

It’s easy to take great plays for granted because we get caught up in the highs and lows of a season and the week-to-week storylines on a team (especially injuries).

Rodgers to Cobb on Sunday was a great play. Maybe the best we’ll see all season.

Slow down and admire it for a while.

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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  • Mike

    Rodgers draws opponent D linemen off every game it seems. But take a look at the play before the snap again. Jeff Saturday also appears to be adding his savvy to the play by (1) lifting his head quickly to show movement to the D line, and (2) snapping the ball as as soon as a lineman crosses into the neutral zone. It’s a coordinated effort with Rodgers.

    • Adam Czech

      Yeah, good point on Saturday.

      I also probably should have mentioned how it’s easier to make a play like that when you know it’s a free play, but man, that throw…..thing of beauty.

      • Mike

        So glad Rodgers hasn’t been called for that dumb “too much presnap movement by QB” penalty that Rivers was called for two or three times last week.

  • steve cheez

    Check out the clothesline on Cobb by Driver at the end of the play. Looks like DD is looking for any way to get back in the game!

    • Gary

      Maybe Driver should switch to a DB.

  • ScottS

    shhhhhhhh

  • PatMc

    Most excellent pass so far this year. Best part was that Cobb caught the dang ball. Hard for Driver to get back into the mix. That said: It is nice to have a team with a backup receiver like Driver.

    When Jennings returns, Cobb will make life very difficult for oppossing DC’s and DB’s.

    Yippie Skippie.

  • FireMMNow

    his footwork on the throw is crazy is good. most QBs would not have the agility to stop on a dead spring to get their shoulders square to make an accurate throw.

    i was telling my friends that after rodgers has been retired for 5 years the thing that i will remember most about his QB play is how good he was throwing on the run. there is not another QB in the NFL, and maybe NFL history that is as accurate as rodgers on the run. i never watched YA Tittle or staubach or tarkenton. but i have watched manning, favre, brady, brees, marino and elway and the only guy in the same category would probably be elway. remember i am talking about accuracy on the run, just one part of quarterbacking.

    • Adam Czech

      Think of Rivers, Stafford and Cutler — three of the last four QBs we’ve seen on Monday Night Football — and how awful their fundamentals are compared to Rodgers.

      Those three are very talented, but there’s usually at least one stretch each game where their fundamentals get out of whack and balls start flying everywhere.

      Those stretches for Rodgers are rare and it makes him the most consistent QB in football. Rodgers always pays attention to his fundamentals and it makes him a much stronger QB because of it.