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Cheese Curds, 10/16: Aaron Rodgers’ 4th-quarter magic continues to amaze

Low blood pressure is overrated.

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It seems that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ offense live for the fourth quarter nowadays.

The unit got off to a blistering start in Monday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, with pass plays of 50-plus yards on two of their first three drives, both of which led to touchdowns. Then, once the game clicked over to the second quarter, everything slowed down.

First, the Packers were forced to punt after a promising drive. Then they couldn’t find the end zone after a second 49ers fumble, settling for a field goal. A three-and-out sent the offense into halftime with a bad taste in its mouth, and another drive that stalled out inside the five-yard line early in the fourth quarter made it feel like a comeback wasn’t in the works.

But oh, was that wrong. First, a critical three-and-out by the Packers’ defense (including a third-down sack by Clay Matthews) gave Rodgers the ball near midfield with three minutes to go, down seven points. It took him just four plays to tie the game on Davante Adams’ second touchdown of the day. Then Kevin King’s crucial interception with about a minute left set the stage for another game-winning drive.

The fourth quarter really is Rodgers’ time to shine, as this statistic illustrates:

Let’s look at all of those heroics in today’s Cheese Curds as we celebrate last night’s comeback victory and head into a bye week.

Getting inside Aaron Rodgers’ amazing mind on the final drive |
Yes, Rodgers had his issues through the middle part of the game, but his performance on the final series -- including his scramble and his absurd sideline throws -- will be the indelible image from Monday's game.

Aaron Rodgers: How Packers QB pulled off game-winning drive vs. 49ers |
Here's another look at the final drive from a national writer, who understandably questions why 49ers cornerback Greg Mabin continued to give the Packers' receivers the sideline.

Packers create 100-yard receiving trio for first time in 38 years | Packers Wire
Davante Adams, Jimmy Graham and Marquez Valdes-Scantling all crossed the century mark, with Graham hitting that number for the first time since week 8 of the 2016 season.

Kevin King, Packers make a big play ‘just soon enough’ |
The Packers’ defense was bad in the first half -- there’s no two ways about that. But in the fourth quarter, they allowed just three points on four drives, and they got the ball back to Rodgers in crunch time to give him a chance to win the game.

Flag or not, CB Sherman says play needs to be made -
Sherman's illegal contact penalty -- a point of emphasis for the NFL's officials this year -- kept that final series alive after a third-down sack.

Giant escaped pig lured back to Highland home with Doritos |
First, this pig isn't giant, at least in comparison to most livestock swine. But second of all, who wouldn't follow a bag of Doritos anywhere they go? (Bonus: there’s video of the cops leading the pig back home.)