You’re Not Going to Believe What Aaron Rodgers Told the Packers Before His Epic Pass to Jared Cook

Bryan Brandom
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The best play from (so far) the only good game of the NFL playoffs wasn't in anyone's playbook.

The play call that resulted in Aaron Rodgers' epic 36-yard dime to Jared Cook to set up Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal against the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round on Sunday was more like something your automatic-quarterback-playing Uncle Tommy would draw up during a backyard game of two-hand touch before the family stuffs their faces with turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving.

"I said everybody kind of run over to the left, and get open—not exactly in those words, but that was basically the gist of it," the Green Bay Packers quarterback told The Dan Le Batard Show on Wednesday.

"What ended up being the play was not something we talked about, but it was something that I thought about at various times throughout the season or throughout the week even," Rodgers said. "But it's hard to kind of put a name necessarily on a play where we have a roll-out with a clear-out and everybody else kind of running to the left. Didn't exactly have a name for that. But in situations like that [coach] Mike [McCarthy] will allow me to pick a play out of a selection of plays we have."

Here's what it looked like from above.

And here's what the routes looked like, courtesy of FTW.

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McCarthy said it was "one of the greatest plays that you'll ever see."

Maybe he should at it to the Packers' playbook.

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