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Cobb’s Hail Mary catch one of his 3 TDs in Packers’ playoff win

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates after making a touchdown reception during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) celebrates after making a touchdown reception during the first half of an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. AP

Former University of Kentucky star Randall Cobb caught a 42-yard Hail Mary pass from Aaron Rodgers at the end of the first half of the Green Bay Packers’ playoff game on Sunday against the New York Giants. And he was just getting started, as he went on to score two more times in the Packers’ 38-13 wild-card victory at home.

Cobb was active for the game after missing the last two games regular season contests with an ankle injury.

“It was great just to be back on the field,” Cobb said. “To be able to be back fighting with my brothers.”

Cobb’s first score — as time ran out in the first half — and the ensuing extra point gave the Packers a 14-6 lead.

Asked if other players misjudged Rodgers’ throw on the Hail Mary, Cobb smiled and said “I guess everybody but me.”

He followed that up with a 30-yard catch and run for a score in the third quarter that extended Green Bay’s lead to 21-13, and a 16-yarder in the fourth quarter that had the Packers up 31-13.

“We’re better with 18 on the field, and he showed that tonight,” Rodgers said of Cobb.

Rodgers threw four TD passes, with the other coming with 2:20 to go in the first half. That one was a 5-yarder to Davante Adams.

Cobb finished with five catches for 116 yards. He had nine catches for a season-high 108 yards when the teams met at Lambeau Field in Week 5.

According to the Packers, Cobb tied a franchise record with three TDs in a playoff game.

ESPN reported that Cobb was the first player with 100 yards receiving and three TDs in a postseason game since the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski in 2011 against the Denver Broncos.

Cobb said his ankle is still not at 100 percent.

“I still today didn’t know for sure if they were going to activate me or not,” he said. “I was hoping so. … I’m still playing through some pain. That’s part of it.”

Dennis Varney: 859-231-3514, @ExCats

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