Packers: Top five performances in divisional round vs. Rams

Green Bay Packers, Rashan Gary, Kenny Clark (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

1. Offensive line

Stat line: ZERO sacks, 188 yards rushing 

Coming into the game, the Packers knew they would have their hands full with Aaron Donald. He is one of, if not the most dominant defensive player in the game today and is likely to win his third Defensive Player of the Year award with 13.5 sacks.

To the Packers, it didn’t matter that Donald was injured in the previous game versus Seattle. He was still going to play and his presence alone makes for an intimidating matchup.

With Donald, the Rams also had former Bears castoff Leonard Floyd, who has found new life in LA, and Michael Brockers, another former first-round pick. Together, that trio had five sacks against Russell Wilson, shutting down Seattle on their way to a wild-card win.

Just like they have all season, the line did not flinch.

Second-year pro and Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins got first crack at Donald and just as he has all year long, controlled and moved Donald. So much so, he got Donald to commit a 15-yard personal foul penalty when Donald grabbed his facemask in frustration.

Corey Linsley and Lucas Patrick also got their turn and did much of the same.

Billy Turner and Rick Wagner kept the edge rushers at bay and Aaron Rodgers had a clean pocket pretty much the entire game.

That the offensive line is good is not a surprise. But there is something to be said for the guys that have protected Rodgers this year. There has been constant change amongst them yet they have not missed a beat.