Cobb strikes up another big play

Ryan Wood
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Packers receiver Randall Cobb breaks away for a touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints.

NEW ORLEANS -- The crowd was ready. After waiting all day to unleash their Superdome energy, Saints fans gave the Packers all they had on Green Bay's first third down Sunday night.

Receiver Randall Cobb quickly quieted them.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers found Cobb for a 70-yard touchdown on third-and-10. Cobb's ninth touchdown of the season was his longest, and first over 25 yards. Seven of Cobb's touchdowns have come within the 8-yard line.

"It became an extended play," Cobb said. "I saw Aaron scrambling my way, so I was able to lose the DB and get deep."

It was also the first time this season Cobb caught a pass when the football traveled more than 25 yards in the air. He wasn't finished. Later in the first quarter, Cobb hauled in a 27-yard reception.

By the end of the first quarter, Cobb had three catches for 101 yards.

Cobb has had a fabulous first half of the season. He's now caught a touchdown in five straight games. The fourth-year receiver also has one more touchdown than his previous season high.

Still, after missing 10 games last season with a broken leg, big-play bursts were the one part of Cobb's game that had been lacking. If he's turned the corner, it's a good sign for the Packers offense going forward.

"That's what I feel my job is to do, is to make those plays," Cobb said. "I've got to be better at it as well. We played pretty good, but we have to be better at putting touchdowns on the board in the red zone."

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