Five takeaways from Packers’ wild-card victory over Giants
Packers win without Jordy Nelson
As Jordy Nelson’s game, and potentially season, was ended by the helmet of Giants cornerback Leon Hall, you could be forgiven for fearing the worst. The Packers posted just seven offensive yards in the first quarter, New York’s defense having its way. But as it turned out, there was no reason to worry.
Randall Cobb looked like he’d time-traveled to 2014, hauling in three touchdowns in a game for the first time since a Week 3 blowout of Kansas City last season. Davante Adams picked up where he left off in the regular season, catching his 13th touchdown of the campaign.
Nelson’s status is uncertain for next week’s trip to Dallas. The Packers proved on Sunday they can move the football without their star receiver, something that couldn’t be said often enough last year, but missing him next week would still be a significant blow to this red-hot offense.
The status of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target will be the biggest story to follow as the week progresses. Sunday’s performance at least showed Green Bay can move the ball even without their trusted veteran.