- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Davante Adams and Randall Cobb suggested after Sunday’s comeback victory over the Miami Dolphins that they knew Aaron Rodgers was going to try the fake-spike play in the final seconds.
The way the Green Bay Packers quarterback recalled the play Tuesday during his ESPN Milwaukee radio show suggested it would have been impossible for his receivers -- even Adams, who caught the ball and scampered 12 yards down the sideline before wisely running out of bounds at the Dolphins’ 4-yard line to stop the clock with 6 seconds left to set up the game-winning touchdown on the next play -- to know it was coming.
Rodgers said simply that he yelled "clock," which means spike, and then did not spike it.
"Anything that anybody else has said about it, my apologies to those people, but it is probably slightly exaggerated," Rodgers said on his show. "That's really what happened."
He expected it to work but did not expect Adams to get 12 yards on the second-and-6 play from the Dolphins’ 16-yard line. More like 5 or 6 yards, he said.
"Two plays from the 10 is better than two plays from the 16," Rodgers said. "All that went into my mindset. It's stuff I think about from time to time when we're running two-minute drills in practice or afterwards when I'm thinking about it.
"I've done the fake spike in practice before with some success, but I did watch the Dan Marino years ago. I was a huge football fan growing up, and I thought [Marino's fake spike in 1994] was brilliant. Saw Dan on the sideline [on Sunday], didn't get to make eye contact with him but saw him across the field at one point during the game, and it was fun to be able to do that in the House that Marino built."
But what about that signal that Adams claims he saw?
"I don't know what he's talking about," Rodgers said. “And that’s the truth."
As for those who thought the play was a big risk, Rodgers said he found "comedy" in the fact that he's criticized for holding the ball too long and not taking enough risks.
"But then I fake a spike and throw it to Davante and get criticized for taking risks," Rodgers said.
Remember when Rodgers said earlier this summer that he's not going to let things bother him the way he used to?
This sounded like one of those times.
"I'm going to play to play the way I played, and it's been pretty successful around here," Rodgers said. "And I'm going to hold on to the ball when I feel like I can, and get out when I feel like I can as well. But I don't worry too much about the critic because it's talking out of both sides of their mouth, which is why that stuff doesn't bother me."
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he did not give any kind of signal that he was going to pass the ball on the fake spike play.