Aaron Rodgers garnered deserved acclaim for his brilliant pass to Jared Cook on the final drive of Sunday's NFC divisional-round game, a throw that saved the Green Bay Packers from overtime. As it turns out, the quarterback also deserves credit for the play call.
After the game, wide receiver Randall Cobb told the MMQBs' Robert Klemko that Rodgers drew up the play in the huddle moments before.
On third-and-20 with 12 seconds, Rodgers rolled out to his left to buy time until his targets found openings. After more than five seconds, he found Cook open along the boundary deep in Dallas Cowboys territory. Rodgers uncorked one of his best throws of the night, and the tight end hauled it in with mere centimeters between his feed and the sideline.
While the play didn't appear "playground" on the live broadcast, three Green Bay receivers finish the play near Cook. Rodgers wanted a sideline catch from the start, a reasonable objective given the limited time remaining but a difficult pass to complete in practice.
Of course, Rodgers has made incredible plays his entire career, including a Hail Mary just a week ago. That explains why the Packers receivers don't consider these moments ridiculous, they think of them as "magic."