Lions vs. Packers: Handing Out Game Balls in Crucial Packers Win

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIDecember 10, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 9:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions can not get a hold on the ball he fumbled as Mike Daniels #76 of the Green Bay Packers scoops it up at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions 27-17 in difficult weather conditions. 

Impressive performances keyed the victory for the Packers. These players deserve game balls for their contributions on offense, defense and special teams.


Offense: Randall Cobb, WR

How about this number for Randall Cobb? The past two weeks, Cobb has been targeted 13 times, and he has 13 receptions in that span. That's right, Cobb has caught every pass thrown his way for the last two games 

Tonight, Cobb racked up seven receptions for 102 yards. With Jordy Nelson sidelined and Greg Jennings still getting back up to speed, the second-round pick out of Kentucky keyed the Packers' passing game all night.

Half of the Packers' completions went Cobb's way, which he turned into 58.6 percent of their total passing yards.  His receptions also played a key role in the Green Bay's solid 45 percent conversion rate on third down. 

For being the No. 1 source of yardage for the Packers and his overall efficiency, Cobb deserves the offensive game ball of the week.


Defense: Mike Daniels, DE

Call it being in the right place at the right time, but the Packers would not have won this game without Mike Daniels' fumble recovery touchdown. 

Daniels had an eye for the ball as soon as it hit the turf, and he then shook off a tackle to dash into the end zone. He displayed impressive speed for a 290-pound player.

Without that score, the Packers might not have prevailed in this game. For being in the right place at the right time, Daniels earns the game ball for the Packers' defense.


Special Teams: Randall Cobb, KR

Yes, Randall Cobb earns two game balls, and he's well worthy.

While he didn't break a return for a big gain, Cobb had solid averages of 25 yards on his kick returns and 13 yards on his punt return. 

Field position is important in close games like this, and Cobb always does a good job of putting the offense in a good situation to drive the ball. For that, he deserves the special teams and overall team game ball for the Packers.