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Packers vs. Jets: Jordy Nelson Explodes For Career-High 209 Yards In Win

Jordy Nelson caught nine passes for a career-high 209 yards in Green Bay's 31-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

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When the Green Bay Packers pulled a second-half dominating performance out of their pocket - which included them scoring 20 unanswered points - Jordy Nelson was a key contributor to the team's compelling rally.

Nelson caught nine passes, gained a career-high 209 yards receiving and scored a touchdown from 80 yards out after crossing midfield on a pass that was originally 30 or so yards in Sunday's victory.

"Jordy spoils us, he plays that way all the time" said head coach Mike McCarthy in his post-game press conference.

Before the game, Nelson's previous career-high in receiving yards came back in the Packers' 15-1 2011 season when he accumulated 162 yards against the Detroit Lions while Matt Flynn threw for 6 touchdowns. His 209 receiving yards this Sunday were the most by a Packers player in a non-overtime game since 1956, when Bill Howton recorded 257 yards.

"It's fun, enjoyable." Nelson said afterwards. "It's what needed to be done to win the game, and that's all that matters. We go out and do our job, that's all we want to do."

The impressive numbers don't matter for the former second-round pick, as he's not sure whether or not this was his best game as a pro.

"I don't know. I left some plays out there honestly. Had some opportunities to make more plays and didn't do it. There's already things in my head I know I messed up on and need to make."

Aaron Rodgers targeted Nelson 16 times against the Jets, and through just the first two games, has targeted him a total of 30 times.

"He's pretty impressive," Rodgers said, "he's not a big ‘me' guy. He kind of gets overlooked at times, but you know around here the kind of player he is, and the people in the league have a lot of respect for him too. And they will, especially if they watch this film."

Not to be ignored, rookie receiver Davante Adams performed well against the Jets' secondary as well in his second NFL game. Adams filled in mostly for Jarrett Boykin as the No.3 wide receiver down the stretch of the game and caught five passes for 55 yards. One his catches came on Green Bay's final drive before the end of the first half when Rodgers connected with him for 24 yards on a key third down conversion.

"(Davante) he's earned those opportunities." McCarthy said. "He's been coming on so, Edgar (Bennett) gave him a shot, see if he could give us a spark, and he made some plays. That's the beauty of competition. You want all of these guys competing each and every day. When someone makes plays, you keep ‘em in there."

The drive ended on a Rodgers touchdown strike to Randall Cobb that brought the Packers within five heading into the half.

Cobb finished the game with five catches, too, and was the recipient of two scores for the Packers.

For New York, Eric Decker led all Jets receivers with 4 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.