Randall had missed a couple of crucial games, trying to get his ankle healthy. Games against the Vikings and especially the week 17 matchup against the Lions were games in which Randall has made crucial plays in the past and Cobb must have been itching to get back in the game.
In the Wildcard round, the game against a Giants team that had sent the Packers home from Lambeau a couple times, Randall had a career day. It wasn’t the yards so much (Davante Adams had more), though 116 yards is a great game by any standard, but Randall got in the end-zone 3 times in this game and was largely responsible for a win that ended up being a blowout. This is pretty phenomenal in a game in which Cobb didn’t even know if he would be active until the eleventh hour.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said it best, “We’re better with 18 on the field.” and that fact was on full display in what
Cobb’s 3 touchdowns in a playoff game tied Sterling Sharpe and a bevy of other great receivers for the most in a playoff game. But more important, Cobb’s presence means that the Packers’ offense can survive should Jordy Nelson’s injury hold him out for the rest of the year.
All in all…the Packers offense, predicated on Aaron Rodgers, showed that veterans like Randall Cobb can challenge any defense out there. If Jordy can’t go, the Packers will be OK.