The Green Bay Packers have one of the most clutch kickers in postseason history, and he showed up again on Sunday when they needed him most.
Mason Crosby's regular season field goal percentage is just a shade over 80%, but when the calendar clicks over to January, he finds a different groove. Crosby has hit 26 of 28 postseason field goal attempts - a 92.8% hit rate - and has not missed since the 2010 season. In fact, Crosby's only two misses in the playoffs both came from 50 yards or longer.
On Sunday, distance didn't matter for Crosby, as inside of two minutes to go he hit three field goals from 50-plus (including the one that was canceled out by a timeout), something that has never been done before.
Meanwhile, one of his closest friends, Aaron Rodgers, had a game - and a few specific plays - for the ages. Rodgers was not perfect, to be sure, and he got bailed out by a penalty late in the game, but on many occasions he showed the magical command of the pocket that he so often has displayed in the last eight games.
Here's a look around Packers media today, as we bask in the glow of a playoff win on the road once more.
Dougherty: Packers will live or die with Rodgers | Packersnews.com
Rodgers made play after play on the move on Sunday, including that last throw to Cook, and even Jerry Jones said it: "I don't think that I've seen more of an individual (dictating) how a game came out."
Practice paid off for Jared Cook on sideline snag | Packers.com
Cook made a great sideline catch in practice this week, but his toe stepped on the sideline and he was ruled out of bounds. He used that slight mistake during the week as a learning opportunity, and made sure that he was in bounds and secured the football on the second-to-last play of Sunday's game.
The film study behind Micah Hyde's big pick | Packersnews.com
Unlike Cook, who did his learning on the practice field, Hyde did it in the film room. Both he and LaDarius Gunter spotted the Cowboys' screen pass, which was run in the exact same formation as Dallas ran it in week six, and Hyde went and got it.
Mason Crosby's performance was most clutch by K in postseason history - ESPN
Nobody has ever made a pair of field goals from 50 or more yards inside the last two minutes of a playoff game before, but Crosby can now lay claim to that record.
Packers teammate: Mason Crosby has 'ice in his veins' - NFL.com
Those are the words of punter and holder Jacob Schum, who also said that Crosby "stays in his own head, doing his own thing, his own routine."
10 Best Performances | Divisional Round | PFF
No surprise here - Rodgers, Cook, and Crosby all show up on the top 10 individual games as assigned by PFF.
Packers and Cowboys gave us the best 120 seconds of the NFL playoffs - SBNation.com
Yes, the pass interference call on Barry Church was a bit questionable, especially since the referees had let multiple instances of heavy contact go during the game. But we got a thriller in the final minutes, and fans of other teams finally got a thrilling playoff game.