The Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints are off and running in a big way to kick off the 2011 NFL season. Points weren't exactly hard to come by in the first quarter, a point to which Packers rookie Randall Cobb would be the first to attest.
With mere seconds left before the end of the period and the Packers lined up at the Saints' 32-yard line, Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers hit Cobb, the slot receiver out of Kentucky, with a perfect strike across the middle. Moments later, Cobb was off the races, juking New Orleans defenders out of their cleats on his way to the end zone.
Cobb then gave the Saints a glimpse of their dearly departed running back with a Reggie Bush-style leap over the plane to put the Packers up, 20-6.
And, as is tradition, Cobb indulged in the first Lambeau Leap of his young pro career, thereby celebrating a sensational introduction to the state of Wisconsin with an embrace among legions of Cheeseheads.
Cobb has also handled kickoffs for the Packers tonight, though with the new rules instituted this summer, he has had only one half-decent opportunity to run one out and isn't likely to see many more in this or any game.
Which, after seeing the way Cobb burned through turf on his touchdown catch, is unfortunate for Green Bay, though it shouldn't keep the Pack from going (Pack, going) to pay dirt at will. Until the rules are changed back, Cobb will just have to settle for getting his points on throws from Rodgers.
Tough life, considering he'll have to compete with the likes of Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley for attention.