Top 5 clutch plays of 2013? Yes, the Green Bay Packers are included

It’s no surprise that when NFL.com put together a list of the top five clutch plays of 2013 that Green Bay Packers standouts Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb appeared on it.

In fact, it’s no surprise that the play to be remembered for generations is not only included, but it’s Number One on the list.

Randall Cobb will be looked to for major contributions in 2014. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Randall Cobb will be looked to for major contributions in 2014.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

And there are some pretty good plays included on the list as you watch it by clicking here …

As far as Bears vs. Packers highlights go, this one sits right up there with the Chester Marcol blocked-kick-returned-for-a-touchdown, the instant replay game of 1989, the 99-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Robert Brooks, the B.J. Raji interception and touchdown in the 2010 NFC Championship Game and the Tom Crabtree shovel pass and run for a touchdown on a fake field goal in 2012.

Who can forget last year’s play? Fourth down play (the Packers had already converted two fourth downs previously on the drive), just past midfield, the snap to Rodgers in shotgun, the pressure from none other than Julius Peppers, the block by John Kuhn and the bomb to a wide open Randall Cobb who had to slow for the catch before running the final 10 yards and being tackled just as he crossed the goal line.

Sweet.

No question in my mind that it wasn’t just the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in years, but it was the most clutch because it was fourth down inside of one minute to play in a game whose winner would claim the NFC North Division title. With so much riding on one play – the entire season – the way it came down was nothing short of legendary.

We’ll be talking about that one for a long, long time.

We’ll be talking about that one for a long, long time.

And what’s even better is that the Packers did it all last season without their star quarterback and Cobb, one of their best receivers, for half the season.

While it was a tortuous season for Packers fans, the finale of the regular season vindicated the team. They would go on to lose the next week against the 49ers in the Playoffs, but the Packers fans still have bragging rights in the division. Three straight NFC North titles is nothing to downplay.

With Rodgers and Cobb back on the field together again in 2014, the Packers are sure to produce big plays once again.

Will they be as big as the Rodgers-to-Cobb connection?

We can only hope.

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