The Green Bay Packers completed the shock of the wild-card round by dominating the Dallas Cowboys. Not only were they the only road team to win, but the Packers also became the first seventh seed ever to eliminate the second seed.
Dallas had no answer for the brilliance of Jordan Love and Aaron Jones, but they also couldn't move the ball against Green Bay's defense in the first half, which allowed the Packers to build a lead.
While this young team is set for upcoming seasons, several players face uncertain futures in the offseason.
But these three Packers went a long way to ensuring they will return in 2024 with an excellent performance against the Cowboys.
Keisean Nixon was named a first-team All-Pro as a returner for the second year in a row last week, but he had an up-and-down regular season on defense. According to Pro Football Reference, during the regular season, Nixon allowed 63 completions for 601 yards and three touchdowns, with a passer rating of 104.8.
But Nixon stepped up and made a huge impact for the Packers in the wild-card round. He tied Quay Walker for the team lead in tackles with 11 while also making one sack, one QB hit, one tackle for loss, and two pass defenses.
He made a crucial play early in the second quarter. On third down, Dak Prescott rolled out of the pocket to buy time. The moment he did, Nixon closed down the space to prevent Prescott from rushing for a first down. Nixon got there quickly and brought Prescott down for a sack.
Nixon saw a lot of All-Pro receiver CeeDee Lamb, and he held his own. He was all over the Cowboys' receivers in coverage, offering little room for Prescott to throw. And when the Cowboys made completions, Nixon tackled perfectly.
He played a vital role in Green Bay's victory.