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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Redskins started off the NFC Wildcard very well. Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed were putting on a great passing display and things were looking promising for the Redskins. Defensively they were doing a great job of attacking Aaron Rodgers and they were really shaking things up for the Packers offense. That is when things changed. The Packers started to get in a groove and Aaron Rodgers showed why he is a former National Football League Most Valuable Player. Rodgers would finish the game with 210 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. He made the throws when necessary in less than ideal conditions. Two particular plays that stand out from Rodger’s performance are his touchdown pass to Davante Adams and his touchdown pass to Randal Cobb. Both passes were big plays for the Packers that resulted in points on the scoreboard. Eddie Lacy was more effective than he has been for the most of the year for the Packers as well. He rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on the day. While James Starks also contributed 53 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Pack as well. For the Redskins Kirk Cousins was effective with 329 yards and 1 touchdown pass. Yet the Redskins offense stalled late in the game. The Redskins will have to develop a better rushing attack heading forward if they want to win games in the postseason. They only rushed for 84 yards as a team compared to the Packers 141. Jordan Reed was a stand out performer for the Redskins hauling in 9 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. Defensively the Packers had the night worth mentioning, they recorded 6 sacks and put pressure on Cousins all night. The Packers were the better team all around and that is why they are moving on to the divisional round next week against the Cardinals.