Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ 48-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb on fourth-and-8 in the final minute of the Week 17 showdown at Soldier Field won the online voting for the NFL’s Never Say Never Moment of the Year.
The award was announced on Saturday night at the third annual “NFL Honors” show in New York City.
The touchdown, with 38 seconds left in the game, gave the Packers a 33-28 victory over the Bears for their third straight NFC North title. The division crown and an NFC playoff spot were on the line in the game.
The Packers trailed, 28-27, when they took possession on their own 13-yard line with 6:24 left. Converting a pair of fourth downs on a short run by FB John Kuhn and a pass to WR Jordy Nelson, the Packers faced another fourth down at the Chicago 48-yard line.
Rodgers, playing in his first game back from a broken collarbone that sidelined him for seven contests, and Cobb, also in his first game back from a leg injury that cost him 10 games, hooked up for the game-winner.
The Bears brought a blitz, Kuhn threw a key block on Chicago DE Julius Peppers that allowed Rodgers to get out of the pocket, and Cobb was running free down the field waving his hand. Rodgers’ pass settled into his arms at the 10-yard line and he dove over the goal line, setting off a wild celebration on the field and on the Packers sideline.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ 48-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb on fourth down with 38 seconds left in Chicago is one of the finalists for the NFL’s Never Say Never Moment of the Year.
The play was just voted the winner of the Never Say Never Moment of the Week for Week 17.
The other finalists are as follows:
Week 5 – Manning, Thomas, Broncos outlast Cowboys in thrilling finish
Week 10 – Newton, Kuechly, Panthers rally to prevail in defensive struggle
Week 12 – Brady, Patriots overcome 24-point deficit, win in OT
Week 14 – Ravens survive frantic final minutes vs. Vikings
Voting will be open through Thursday, Jan. 23. Vote by clicking here.
The winner will be announced at the third annual “NFL Honors” show, a two-hour prime-time special on FOX on Feb. 1, the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.
Here is the information on each nominee, as supplied by the NFL through a press release:
Wk 5: Manning, Thomas, Broncos outlast Cowboys in thrilling finish:
Peyton Manning helped the Denver Broncos overcome a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter, and again by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, to earn a thrilling 51-48 win on the road against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. In the game, Manning threw four touchdown passes, two to wide receiver Julius Thomas, and added another on a run. During the record-setting game, the Broncos and Cowboys combined for 1,039 yards of total offense which is tied for the second-highest scoring game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Linebacker Danny Trevathan’s interception of a Tony Romo pass set up Matt Prater’s game-winning field goal and assured that the Broncos would remain unbeaten.
Wk 10: Panthers rally to prevail in defensive struggle:
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers survived a defensive struggle in San Francisco to collect their fifth consecutive win. The Panthers rallied from nine down to earn a huge 10-9 road win against the San Francisco 49ers. Running back DeAngelo Williams’ touchdown brought Carolina to within 9-7 of San Francisco, and Graham Gano’s 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter put the Panthers ahead. However, it was the stingy Panthers defense led by linebacker Luke Kuechly, who finished the game with 11 tackles and a sack, that made sure the narrow one-point lead held up. The Panthers twice shut down Colin Kaepernick on last-ditch, late-game drives, including an interception from Drayton Florence to seal the win.
Wk 12: Brady, Patriots overcome 24-point deficit, win in OT:
Down 24-0 at halftime, quarterback Tom Brady guided a second-half comeback that forced overtime, where the New England Patriots eventually won, 34-31. The Patriots lost fumbles on their first three possessions as the Broncos built a 24-0 lead in the first half. However, the Patriots rallied, scoring on their first five possessions of the second half to erase the deficit. After Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw a touchdown pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas late in the fourth quarter to tie the score and ultimately force overtime, the Patriots took advantage of a fortunate bounce of a punt that hit a Broncos player and was recovered by Nate Ebner at the Broncos’ 13-yard line. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 34-31 overtime win.
Wk 14: Ravens survive frantic final minutes vs. Vikings:
Quarterback Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass to rookie receiver Marlon Brown with four seconds left to cap a frenzied final two minutes and lift the Baltimore Ravens to a thrilling 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Despite playing in a snowstorm, the Ravens and Vikings combined for five touchdowns in the game’s final 125 seconds. The Flacco-to-Brown score finished a five-play, 80-yard drive that eclipsed all but four of the game’s final 45 seconds. The Ravens’ rally also included a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones.
Wk 17: Rodgers’ fourth-down TD puts Packers in playoffs:
Facing a fourth-and-8 at the Chicago Bears’ 48-yard line with 38 seconds remaining, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit receiver Randall Cobb for a 48-yard touchdown play that helped the Packers capture the NFC North crown. Rodgers had missed seven games with a broken collarbone and Cobb had missed the previous 10 games with a knee injury.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers’ game-winning TD pass to WR Randall Cobb on fourth down with 38 seconds left in Chicago has been voted the Never Say Never Moment of the Week for Week 17.
Fans voted for one of three moments nominated from the final week of the regular season.
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The Packers have voted for and selected their captains for the 2013 postseason.
Unlike some teams, Green Bay doesn’t have season-long captains but chooses captains during the regular season on a weekly basis to go out for the coin toss. For the postseason, these six players will serve as captains and wear a “C” patch on their jerseys for as long as the Packers season continues.
They are QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson on offense, LB A.J. Hawk and S Morgan Burnett on defense, and K Mason Crosby and CB Jarrett Bush on special teams.
This is the first time for Nelson and Burnett to be chosen as playoff captains. Rodgers leads the way with five selections now, followed by Bush with four, and Hawk and Crosby with three apiece.
Nelson has set career highs this season in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314). Hawk led the team in tackles with 153, the seventh time in eight seasons he has either finished first or second on the team in that category. Hawk also posted a career-high five sacks.
Burnett finished second on the team with 104 tackles despite missing the first three games due to injury. Bush had seven tackles and one forced fumble on the coverage units, while Crosby posted the highest field-goal percentage of his seven-year career at 89.1 percent, making 33 of 37 field goals.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is nominated for two of the league’s weekly awards following the Packers’ 33-28 victory over the Bears to win the NFC North on Sunday.
Rodgers is up for the Air Player of the Week for his performance, which saw him complete 25 of 39 passes for 318 yards and two TDs. He’s also up for the Never Say Never Moment of the Week for his 48-yard TD pass to WR Randall Cobb on fourth-and-8 with just 38 seconds left in the game.
To vote for Rodgers for Air Player of the Week, click here.
To vote for Rodgers for the Never Say Never Moment of the Week, click here.
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GREEN BAY–Wide receiver Randall Cobb will be evaluated on Saturday and a decision will be made on whether or not to take him off injured reserve and activate him for Sunday’s game in Chicago.
“We gave Randall a bunch of work today. We’ll see how it goes,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday.
“Randall Cobb is a playmaker. He’s dangerous with the ball in his hand. Our offense is based on making the quarterback successful. Football comes very natural to him,” McCarthy said.
Cobb sustained a leg injury on Oct. 13 and was assigned to the injured reserve list, though he was designated for return.
McCarthy confirmed that linebacker Clay Matthews has undergone a second surgery on his thumb, which he reinjured this past Sunday while sacking Ben Roethlisberger.
More from McCarthy:
McCarthy said the approach with Cobb was to push him as much as possible on Friday and see how he feels on Saturday after the extensive work.
“The push has really come the last two weeks for Randall Cobb,” McCarthy said. “You could see he was coming on strong. I thought he did some good things last week, but he wasn’t ready. He’s fighting through the soreness and the things you would expect, coming back from the seriousness of his injury. He looks good. He’s got fresh legs. He’s doing all the little things. The fine-motor-skill things he was able to stay on top of.
“We just have to make sure he’s ready to go.”
With Matthews out, the Packers are back to where they were earlier in the season at outside linebacker, counting on rookies Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer to back up Nick Perry and Mike Neal.
“This experience of playing a lot of players, particularly younger players a little earlier than you’d like, we’re hoping to see the benefits come crunch time,” McCarthy said. “And we’re at crunch time.”
Regarding the decision to play QB Aaron Rodgers this week, McCarthy said any concern for the risk of re-injury will not affect the play-calling. If that were the case, Rodgers wouldn’t be playing.
“That goes back to the decision,” McCarthy said. “It’s time for Aaron to play. We’re going to cut him loose, and we’re going to go play. We’re going to play to win.”
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GREEN BAY–The Packers officially listed Aaron Rodgers as “out” for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Aaron Rodgers has been declared out for the game. As an organization, we feel we are not ready for him to play. He is not medically cleared,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “I thought Aaron Rodgers did everything he could possibly do. He did some really good things in practice. This is where we are.
“Matt Flynn is our starter. He’s ready,” McCarthy said. “We feel we can beat Pittsburgh with our football team. I had hoped Aaron’s situation would progress. We have a very good team coming in here on Sunday,” McCarthy added.
Here’s more from McCarthy’s press conference:
On how Rodgers took the news: “He understands where we are. Everything has been explained, but he obviously wants to play. The kid has played with injuries. He’s a tough guy. He’s done everything he possibly could to try to get back on the field.”
On how Rodgers tried to state his case: “I think Aaron clearly wants to play. He’s a very competitive man. He’s done everything he possibly can from his end of it, but he understands how the organization feels. Everything was laid out on the table, and the organization is not ready for him to play.”
On Randall Cobb: “Looks good. Curious to see how he feels tomorrow. I felt Randall made progress this week. It was good for him to get three days of practice in.”
Cobb is not yet on the active roster. A spot would have to be cleared for him on the 53 if he were to be activated for Sunday’s game. McCarthy did not say whether Cobb would be activated or not.
As for possibly making space on the roster, McCarthy said on Thursday that DE Johnny Jolly’s neck/shoulder injury is “significant,” meaning he would be a candidate for injured reserve. McCarthy also announced on Friday that TE Brandon Bostick’s foot injury will require season-ending surgery.
DE C.J. Wilson returned to practice this week after missing the last three games with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
After McCarthy’s press conference, WR Jordy Nelson and G T.J. Lang spoke with reporters and gave their reactions:
“We had a feel for it throughout the week, but we didn’t know for sure,” Nelson said. “I don’t think anyone in this locker room is surprised.
“They’re going to be smart, especially with the type of player he is and what he means to this organization. They’re doing the right thing. We’ll just have to continue to try to go out and play good football, win some more games so we can keep the season alive and give him another week to get healthy and come back.”
Lang added that when Rodgers was taking more scout-team than first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice, the players pretty much figured out where things were headed.
“From that day on, we’re not sitting here playing a guessing game,” Lang said. “We put our trust in Matt, stop focusing on that and move forward.”
The Packers did practice outside in the wind and snow for their team periods on Friday. During practice, the weather resembled what forecasts are calling for on Sunday in Green Bay.
“Everybody has played in snow before,” Lang said. “Today was cold and windy, so it’s difficult, but I don’t think it’s a shock to anybody. For us to go out there today and try to get used to it, that should help us if we get the same conditions on Sunday.”
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GREEN BAY–Aaron Rodgers still hasn’t been cleared medically to play in this Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Aaron Rodgers update. He’s doing better. He’s still not been cleared by the medical staff. He threw the ball extremely well. He looked sharp. He’s getting better,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday following practice.
Rodgers reportedly remains a limited participant and Matt Flynn continues to be the team’s stated starting quarterback.
“We’re going to take a similar process to last week,” McCarthy said of Rodgers, which would likely mean a decision on Rodgers’ availability will be announced on Friday.
“Randall Cobb looked good. It was good to have him out there,” McCarthy said.
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Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Thursday that he’s hopeful C Evan Dietrich-Smith can return to practice in some capacity on Friday, but he hasn’t made a final decision on the starting offensive line should Dietrich-Smith not be able to play.
Dietrich-Smith injured an ankle in practice on Wednesday and sat out Thursday. If he can’t play, he’d be replaced by RG T.J. Lang at center, the same move made in Detroit last week when Dietrich-Smith went down with a knee injury.
One of three other players would fill in from there. One option would be for ro0kie Lane Taylor to take Lang’s spot at RG. Another would be for Don Barclay to slide over from RT to RG, with Derek Sherrod starting at RT. Or Marshall Newhouse could start at either RG or RT, with Barclay playing the other spot.
“The opportunity needs to be earned and performance will drive it,” McCarthy said.
The Packers got no further clarity on QB Aaron Rodgers’ availability for Sunday. He practiced in pads and “made a little progress,” according to McCarthy, but there was nothing more to report.
“He’s a step closer, but how far away, time will answer that question,” McCarthy said.
In other news, CB Tramon Williams acknowledged that he was fined by the league for the contact he made with an official in the end zone in Detroit last Thursday. Williams said the fine was “in the 20s,” meaning thousands of dollars, but he maintained there was no intent behind the contact and that he didn’t know in the heat of the moment it was an official whose arm he swiped away.
“I’ll appeal,” he said. “Hopefully they give me some money back.”
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Head Coach Mike McCarthy officially ruled out QB Aaron Rodgers on the injury report for Thursday’s game in Detroit and declared Matt Flynn the starting QB.
“Matt Flynn will be the starter tomorrow,” McCarthy said following the team’s practice on Wednesday. “He’s taken all the starter reps this week, and he’s ready to go.
“We’re ready. We’ve got a full game plan in.”
As for G Josh Sitton’s disparaging comments about Detroit’s defensive line and coaching staff, which he made on a radio show Tuesday, McCarthy addressed them briefly.
“I’ll say this about Josh Sitton’s comments. They definitely don’t reflect how we go about our business here,” McCarthy said. “It was discussed with the football team.”
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