Then Aaron Rodgers happened.
The two-time MVP threw two incredible touchdowns in the final 2:20 of the first half to give his squad a 14-6 lead at the break.
The second of those will draw the most headlines: a 42-yard Hail Mary to wideout Randall Cobb, who probably got away with a push in the back of a defender.
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Last season, Rodgers converted a pair of unbelievable Hail Marys: a 39-yarder to Richard Rodgers to beat the Detroit Lions on the final play of a Week 12 win, and a 41-yarder to Jeff Janis to force overtime on the final regulation play of their second-round playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
But on Sunday, Rodgers' first touchdown pass of the day was subtly more impressive. From the Giants' five-yard line, the quarterback danced in the pocket for a good nine seconds before finding Davante Adams in the back-left corner of the endzone. Adams wasn't anything close to open when Rodgers released the pass.
This Aaron Rodgers escape =
This Davante Adams catch =
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After the half it was all Packers, who ran away with a 38-13 victory. Rodgers went 25-of-40 for 362 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.
"Second half we got back to some rhythm throws and I was getting better on my timing, getting the ball out of my hand quickly," Rodgers said. "No negative-yard plays, the offensive line blocked really well, regardless of the stats."