Looking back: Green Bay Packers stonewall Buccaneers

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Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Electric Dyad …

… Also known as the dynamic duo of Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. I feel like after a potent showing like this past weekend, I needed to put a new spin on their name.

Nelson put in the type of line that has usually been reserved for home contests this season: 9 catches (on 9 targets), 113 yards, and a TD. The touchdown was somewhat cheap (game basically in hand, one yard out) and of the stat-stuffing variety, but he was close on another catch that could’ve easily ended as a TD anyway. He did not have a gigantic deep pass, but his bunch of intermediate-level grabs added up to an output we’ve come to expect of him.

Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker

Dane Fletcher

(50) as the Packers beat the Buccaneers 20-3 at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Cobb, meanwhile, was able to continue making his potential contract numbers rise. He grabbed 11 catches (14 targets) for 131 yards on the day and was for all intents and purposes the top option for Rodgers in this contest. He also had a chance at a short TD, though Rodgers was unable to connect that time.

What may be even more impressive here is that on the day is Rodgers’ statistics throwing to these two: 20/23, 244 yards, 1 TD. His completion percentage to Cobb/Nelson was 87 percent, which is his highest on the year to them.

In a game that Green Bay needed to not only clinch the playoffs but keep their NFC North crown hopes alive, these two carried a large portion of the offense’s production on a lackluster overall day on that side of the ball.

Next: The defense has been lights out