The Green Bay Packers Week 17 top performers

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Alshon Jeffery (17) catches a pass in front of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38). Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Tramon Williams – Williams seems to get better as the season progresses. He’s been involved in so many key plays over the past month, he’s become a true impact player on the Packers defense.

He’s been the Packers best tackling defensive back this season. On Sunday, he recorded six tackles and showed great effort and tenacity in run support and defending the flats.

He stripped the ball from Alshon Jeffery in the second quarter to force a fumble and give the ball back to Green Bay’s offense in scoring position. The turnover led to three points for the Packers just before the half.

Williams did give up the touchdown to Brandon Marshall in the corner of the end zone in the fourth quarter, but in his defense, he was in the right position to defend the fade route. It was just a great throw and catch by Cutler and Marshall.

Sam Shields – It’s not too often the two top players on the Packers defense in a game are both cornerbacks, but both Williams and Shields deserve a ton of credit for holding the Chicago receiving duo of Marshall and Jeffery each under 100 yards receiving. In fact, the Packers only allowed 224 yards passing in the game.

Shields did give up a 67-yard reception to Jeffery that led to a Bears touchdown, but it was not clear whether this blown coverage was Shields’ fault or Morgan Burnett‘s. It was clear though there was a miscommunication between the two defensive backs and Shields believed he had safety help over the top.

Shields made up for this mistake by holding Jeffery to two catches for 13 yards for the remainder of the game. Shields batted two balls away in the fourth quarter that were thrown deep downfield to Jeffery. Shields also sealed the Packers win by intercepting Cutler’s desperate last second throw into the end zone.

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Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams

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