The Green Bay Packers head to Atlanta this weekend to play the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, thanks in large part to some late game Aaron Rodgers heroics against the Dallas Cowboys. With 12 seconds left in their Divisional matchup with Dallas, the game tied at 31, and Green Bay facing a 3rd and 20, Rodgers scrambled to his left and let an off-balanced 35-yard laser near the sideline go where tight end Jared Cook caught the ball. The catch set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal. Packers’ defensive back Micah Hyde joined The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday, and shared his thought process when Rodgers’ took the field for the final drive.
“30 seconds left, a timeout, best quarterback in the league, we are about to win this game,” Hyde said, who still had faith in the two-time league MVP even after he was sacked by Jeff Heath on that first down. “Obviously after that sack it was going to be a big play that we needed and 12 has come up with those type of plays since I’ve been here. So luckily they were able to do it again, and Mason went out to kick that clutch field goal and the rest is history. “
Hyde also did his part in the Dallas win, sniffing out a Cowboys wide receiver screen for a third quarter interception. The defensive back’s play drew the praise of former Packers great Charles Woodson, who tweeted at Hyde: ‘unbelievable anticipation and no hesitation on that INT. Beautiful thing to see.’ Hyde shared his reaction to the nine-time Pro Bowler’s tweet.
“It’s awesome. Charles Woodson is from my neck of the woods, I grew up watching him, wanted to be Charles Woodson,” Hyde said. “Unfortunately I wasn’t able to play in Green Bay with him so I got to talk to him a few times, but yeah that’s awesome to hear, somebody like that, a legend to say those words to me.”
This Sunday’s NFC Championship Game brings a new challenge in trying to stop Atlanta’s top-ranked offense and MVP candidate quarterback Matt Ryan. Hyde was asked about the challenges Ryan and his teammates present.
“He has a lot of weapons around him, you just got to contain them,” Hyde said. “They got weapons outside in their receivers, some of the best receivers in the league they got a two-headed monster in the backfield with those running backs, tight ends are pretty good. He’s just an elite quarterback in this league playing light our, having an MVP year.”