Packers 30, Rams 20

Ex-Cat Randall Cobb scores two TDs in Packers' 30-20 win against Rams

October 21, 2012 

ST. LOUIS — Randall Cobb will be a star in the NFL someday. Just ask his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

"He's a star in the making," Rodgers said. "He's a big-time player. He has the right approach for being a professional."

Cobb put his considerable talents on display Sunday. The former Kentucky star caught two touchdown passes in a game for the first time in his NFL career, helping the Green Bay Packers to a 30-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Cobb caught a 5-yard pass from Rodgers that gave the Packers a 17-6 lead midway through the third quarter, then sealed the victory with a 39-yard TD grab that put the Packers (4-3) ahead by two scores with 3:06 remaining.

In all, Cobb had eight catches for 89 yards. He had one carry for 19 yards.

The second-year pro is having a breakout season with 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns through seven games. Rodgers, for one, isn't surprised.

"He takes his job very seriously," Rodgers said of Cobb. "He sees the game through the eyes of a quarterback. He's played quarterback before (at Kentucky), but he asks the right questions.

"He wants to be on the same page with me. He kind of wants to know what I'm thinking."

Cobb told Packers.com that his chemistry with Rodgers has "come a long way. You can see he trusts me a lot more. I'm just trying to be consistent with that and doing all I can to help this offense and help this team."

Cobb's biggest contribution came on a third-down play late in the fourth quarter, with the Packers protecting a 20-13 lead. After the Rams jumped offside, Rodgers rolled left and hit Cobb in stride in the end zone.

"I went inside and I was open on the inside and I saw him scrambling back to the left, so I reversed getting back to the left and just tried to get in his vision and give him a target," Cobb said. "You have to make the play. That's the only thing in my head is catch the ball."

Cobb has been doing a lot of that lately. So has teammate Jordy Nelson, who had eight receptions for a season-best 122 yards.

Against the Rams, Rodgers completed 16 of the 17 passes he threw in their direction.

"It's a lot of fun," Cobb said. "I am loving the game. Just being on the field is a blast, and when you have great players around you that are making it a lot easier for you to get open and you have a quarterback like Aaron that is feeding you the ball and giving you opportunities, it is a blessing."

Cobb scored two touchdowns in a game for the first time since his NFL debut, when he caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 108 yards for a score in the Packers' 2011 season opener.

The last time Cobb caught two touchdown passes in a game was Oct. 18, 2008 — his fourth game at Kentucky. The freshman Cobb scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally the Cats to a 21-20 victory over Arkansas.

Rodgers threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams (3-4), one week after tying a franchise record with six touchdown passes.

Packers rookie Casey Hayward made his first start in place of injured Sam Shields and intercepted his fourth pass in three games.

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