Aaron Rodgers has made some otherworldly plays in his brilliant career, a list perhaps led by his clutch throw at Dallas in the 2016 playoffs in which he stepped out of a potential sack and hit Jared Cook at the sideline to set up the winning field goal.
His touchdown pass to Jamaal Williams early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory at Kansas City might be the front-runner for his second-best throw.
In a 17-17 tie, the Packers faced a third-and-1 from the Chiefs’ 3. With defensive linemen Emmanuel Ogbah and Derrick Nnadi about to drop Rodgers for a sack, Rodgers flung a pass into the corner of the end zone. The ball arrived with pinpoint accuracy. Williams caught the pass and got both feet down inbounds against tight coverage for the go-ahead score.
Here’s Rodgers on the play: “As I rolled to the right, I saw Jimmy (Graham) and I saw somebody wrapping behind him. I was actually throwing a ball that I thought maybe Jimmy could go up and get if he wanted to and, if he didn’t, the guy behind him might be able to get it. Luckily, the guy behind him got it.”
Here’s Williams: “He’s just a special player and he can do things like that. Just great IQ, great feel for the game. You know, just grateful to be able to play with somebody like that to just give us opportunities and keep on playing.”
Here’s coach Matt LaFleur: “That was one of the best, if not the best, pass I’ve ever seen live (and) in person. That was incredible. I couldn’t believe it. Just a great play, because he was under duress, too. I know he ended up on the ground. But credit to Jamaal, man. He kept working for him. It was just one of those plays that kind of leaves you speechless.”
Here's Chiefs coach Andy Reid: “Listen, he’s a future Hall of Fame quarterback with a couple of Hall of Fames throws. I don’t know how a couple of those got in there, their hands were right there and the son of a gun got them in there. He did a nice job.”
And here’s another look.