Lacy, Cobb, Adams make Packers playoff history
The Green Bay Packers made history Sunday afternoon.
No, the record-setting achievement was not on the level of winning a third straight championship as the Packers did when they engaged Dallas in the Ice Bowl. Nevertheless the yards that accompanied the new mark were much needed in Green Bay's struggle against a foe they've met as often as any other in the postseason.
Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams carried the offensive load as the Packers slipped past the Cowboys 26-21 in a divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field. The trio became the first in team history to each accumulate 100 or more yards from scrimmage in the same postseason game.
Cobb, Adams and Lacy accounted for 346 yards of Green Bay's 425 yards in this, the 50th playoff game in Packers history. In order, the three gained 118, 117 and 111 yards from scrimmage.
Lacy was the first to hit 100. His 10-yard catch on third-and-16 set up Mason Crosby's 30-yard field goal that cut the Cowboys' lead to 14-13 midway through the third quarter.
Adams went over 100 with a 26-yard grab on third down late in the fourth quarter. It brought a first down at the Dallas 34-yard line with 2 minutes, 24 seconds to play.
Cobb was last but not least. After sitting out two plays while Lacy tried to drain the clock, he returned to snag a 12-yard, third-down strike from Aaron Rodgers. With a fresh set of downs, Rodgers was able to kneel three times to end the game.
This season, Lacy, Cobb and Jordy Nelson typically have been the go-to trio. Eight times the three accumulated the most yards from scrimmage for Green Bay.
Adams figured into the mix four times. Only once did he hit triple figures, that in a 26-21 win over the Patriots when he chipped in 121 yards on six receptions.
The rookie also helped set the Packers' season high. Adams (75), Lacy (182) and Cobb (126) totaled 383 yards from scrimmage in a 44-23 loss in New Orleans in late October.
In 49 previous playoff games, the Packers had two players go over 100 yards from scrimmage on eight occasions. Jim Taylor (118) and Paul Hornung (113) were the first to do so in a 23-12 win over the Browns on Jan. 2, 1966.
Jermichael Finley (159) and Greg Jennings (130) had been the last. Those two did so in a losing cause as Green Bay fell 51-45 to the Cardinals on Jan. 10, 2010.
As for Dallas, its yards from scrimmage leaders this season were running back DeMarco Murray (2,261), receiver Dez Bryant (1,320) and tight end Jason Witten (703). The three combined for 4,284 yards.
Sunday, they couldn't match Green Bay's terrific trio. With 237 yards, Murray (128), Witten (71) and Bryant (38) came up 109 yards short of Cobb, Adams and Lacy.
The seven playoff games in which three Packers players gained a combined 300 or more yards from scrimmage.
Jermichael Finley (159), Greg Jennings (130), Ryan Grant (83)
Jan. 10, 2010
Dorsey Levens (205), Edgar Bennett (104), Andre Rison (53)
Jan. 12, 1997
Randall Cobb (118), Davante Adams (117), Eddie Lacy (111)
Jan. 11, 2015
James Lofton (180), Gerry Ellis (91), Paul Coffman (72)
Jan. 16, 1983
Ryan Grant (207), Greg Jennings (71), Brandon Jackson (47)
Jan. 12, 2008
Dorsey Levens (146), Antonio Freeman (126), Mark Chmura (43)
Jan. 25, 1998
Jim Taylor (151), Gary Knafelc (76), Paul Hornung (75)
Dec. 26, 1960