The start of this game had to have Packers fans worried, at least somewhat. First off, the team had struggled against the New York Giants in Lambeau in the playoffs. Secondly, the lost Jordy Nelson early in the game. And third, the Giants were up 6-0, holding the hottest hand in the league in Aaron Rodgers down, approaching halftime. Enter Randall Cobb. Cobb missed the final two weeks of the season and before that had caught fewer than 5 passes in five of the previous six games he played with just one of those games going over 50 yards and two total touchdowns in that month-and-a-half span.
Cobb was able to return to the field in the Packers wild card match up with the Giants and he had, perhaps, the performance of the weekend. Cobb ended his day with 5 catches for 116 yards and 3 touchdowns. Huge number, no doubt, but Cobb's stat line was more impressive than it looked on the surface. First off, he did something no other pass-catcher had ever done to the Giants defense in the Super Bowl era ...
Not only did Cobb make history against the Giants, but going for 100 yards and 3 scores in any game is tough, but in the playoffs it's a feat even more rare.
Lastly, Cobb made Packers franchise history with his three touchdown grabs. That tied the Green Bay playoff record for receiving touchdowns in a game set by Sterling Sharpe during the 1993 season when the Packers beat the Lions on Wild Card Weekend. Sharpe went 5-105-3 catching all three touchdowns tossed by Brett Favre in that Packers playoff win. Cobb's 116 yards against the Giants were the most since Jeff Janis went for 145 through the air in an overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals last postseason.
It was Cobb's 2nd career game with three or more touchdown grabs and his first game with multiple scores since his first game of 3TDs back in week 3 of 2015. It was his first postseason game with multiple scores and he has now either scored, gone for over 100 yards, or both in four of his last five playoff games.
A special game for Cobb, who may have to continue to make big plays in the passing game for Green Bay with Jordy Nelson's status for the divisional game in Dallas on Sunday January 15th up-in-the-air.