Damarious Randall’s timing is impeccable.
The rookie cornerback made the biggest play of the game – and his young career. With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Randall jumped the route by Chargers running back Danny Woodhead in the flats and knocked the pass down on 4th-and-3 to seal the Green Bay victory.
“That was one of the best feelings of my life to keep up 6-0 and just to keep on pushing,” Randall said.
That moment, that play, those instincts by Randall were a byproduct of a moment, a play and an instinct just moments before.
The Chargers drove down the field in the final minutes needing a touchdown to tie the game. After stopping Woodhead on first-and-goal, San Diego dialed up a play that could have evened the score. Tight End Antonio Gates broke toward the back corner of the endzone, but as Phillip Rivers looked that way – and threw in that direction – Randall had accidentally sunk back to help in coverage.
Rivers overthrew Gates and it landed helplessly incompletely. Yet, it also may have step up what the Chargers would call with the game on the line.
“Rivers threw it to the corner and had he no-looked to the flat he could have gotten Damarius. I was kind of thinking to myself I wonder if they come back to that play,” Aaron Rodgers said. The Packers quarterback asserted that if he were in that same position he would have likely targeted the rookies man as well.
“Sure enough they did and he made a great play on the ball and knocked it away,” he continued.
Thank in large part to the deflection, the Packers remain undefeated after beating San Diego, 27-20.
It’s the second straight week a rookie has responded to their opportunity. Against St. Louis last week, rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins snatched up a pair of interceptions – including one in the final moments of the fourth quarter.
It was Randall’s time and he didn’t let the Packers down.