Green Bay Packers: Three Studs From Victory Over Rams

In their first matchup of the 2021 playoffs, the Green Bay Packers took a 32-18 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.  This was mainly due in part to the extremely great overall team performance by the Packers all around.  Almost every single player had a hand in making this game a victory.  With that said, here are the three Packers players I believe contributed the most to their win.

Aaron Rodgers – QB

This one is pretty blatantly obvious to anyone who watched the game or saw the stat sheet.  Aaron Rodgers had an incredible game, and really proved even more so why he is the MVP favorite this year.  He was able to complete passes all night long, and had very little trouble in doing so.  When he was able to see a deep route opening up, he took it, which led to a very fast paced offense at times.  His stats on the day looked like this:

  • 23/36 passing (63.8% completion)
  • 296 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 8.2 yards per attempt
  • 92.1 QBR
  • 4 rushes and 1 rushing touchdown

In the grand scheme of things, was this his best game all season?  No.  Was it in his top 5 games this year?  Also no.  But this is why it was so impressive.  The stats he put up in this game were enough to get it done and move on to the next round, while not being nearly his best game.  He does what he needs to do to get a victory for the team, and produces at a high level whenever possible.  Looking at his NextGenStats, we see his passes completed, and that he did very well at getting the ball out quickly.  

Allen Lazard – WR

In the article I wrote prior to this matchup, I said the following:

“The Packers will need to find other options from time to time, and let Adams draw coverage.  The Packers will have Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling for this game, and as always have Robert Tonyan for the red-zone.  Aaron Rodgers is going to need to find a way to get the ball into the hands of these other receivers, as it will be crucial to winning this game.  Davante Adams could have a big game, I am not denying that at all.  I just think that getting the other options open for Rodgers will help a lot in both winning the game, and keeping Rodgers off the ground.  Having 2 or 3 options to throw to will allow him to get the ball out faster, and take less hits.”

Boy did that statement stay true.  Allen Lazard had a fantastic game, having 4 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown (58 yard touchdown).  Tonyan and MVS also had great games, but Lazard was the leading receiver on the day out of both teams.  His breakaway 58 yard touchdown where he got behind the safety and just did not stop until the end zone was a fantastic display of speed and route design.  That play got the Green Bay Packers another touchdown, and really was Lazard’s playoff moment of his career to date.  He will be a player to watch moving into the later stages of the playoffs due to his explosiveness.

Rashan Gary – LB

I think I had to add Rashan Gary onto this list because of how great he was across the statlines.  He had a very dominant game on the field, and was able to break down into the pocket and get to Jared Goff a few times.  His presence was felt not just because of his stats but because of his pass rushing abilities.  He was a large part of the Green Bay Packers defensive stance for most of the game, and even was able to keep Cam Akers in check at times.  His statline for the game looked as such:

  • 3 total tackles (2 solo and 1 assisted)  
  • 1.5 sacks
  • 1.5 tackles for loss
  • 3 quarterback hits 

Something else to keep in mind for these stats is despite being impressive, he did this on only 62% of defensive snaps.  That is impressive by any standards for any player, and truly was impressive to witness on live television. 

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Which Packers players do you believe were the studs of the game? Leave a comment down below and let me know!

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