GREEN BAY, Wis. - There were no surprises. Nothing shocking or astonishing.
The Packers' passing offense revolves around Jordy Nelson these days. But when the upstart Jets couldn't stop Nelson Sunday, that ruined their chances of pulling off an upset.
The 6-3, 215-pound Nelson had a day that rivals any by a wide receiver in the 94-year history of the Packers' storied franchise. He caught nine passes for a career-high 209 yards and helped the Packers rally from an 18-point first-half deficit to turn back the Jets, 31-24.
Nelson's 80-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter broke a 24-all tie and proved to be the game-winner. He also had a 15-yard reception on third-and-3 with two minutes left that allowed the Packers to run out the clock.
"It's fun, it's enjoyable," said Nelson, a seven-year veteran who signed a four-year, $39-million contract extension in July. "It's what I guess needed to be done to win the game. That's all that matters."
The Jets were rolling early and built a 21-3 lead with 10:38 left in the second quarter. Given that the largest comeback victory ever engineered by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had been 14 points, the Jets appeared to be in terrific shape.
But Nelson helped change all of that. He had 124 receiving yards in the third quarter alone. Rodgers heated up with three TD passes and a quarterback rating of 109.8, and Green Bay allowed only three points in the final 40 minutes.
"We didn't bring a lot of energy to the start of that game," Rodgers said. "[We] showed some toughness, some character . . . and got things rolling."
Nelson was a huge reason why.
The play of the game came with 2:21 left in the third quarter and the score tied at 24. The Packers lined up at their 20-yard line with two in-line tight ends, an I-backfield and Nelson as the lone receiver.
Rodgers ran a play-action fake to running back Eddie Lacy. Nelson, who was lined up wide right, ran a double- move.
Cornerback Dee Milliner bit on Nelson's out route, and Nelson raced past him. After Rodgers delivered a strike to Nelson at midfield, Nelson made rookie safety Calvin Pryor miss and outran a trailing Milliner for an 80-yard touchdown.
"Some of that was he's a great player and some of it was we just gave it to him," Milliner said. "I'm not taking anything away from him. He's a great receiver and he did great things for them today."
Nelson's 209 receiving yards tied for the fourth most in franchise history with Hall of Famer Don Hutson. Nelson became the first Packer to eclipse 200 yards in a decade, and he produced a remarkable 60.4 percent of Green Bay's receiving yards.
No matter what the Jets tried, Nelson and the Packers had an answer.
"Jordy spoils us," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "He plays that way all the time. He practices the same way. He's just a clutch, clutch player."
That's something the Jets found out the hard way.