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Greg Jennings says iconic Super Bowl play shouldn’t have happened

Former Packers receiver Greg Jennings calls it the biggest catch of his career. It was third-and-10 late in the fourth quarter, the Packers clinging to a five-point lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.

Aaron Rodgers fires a laser shot over the outstretched fingers of Ike Taylor to Jennings for a first down, and Jennings says flat out, it shouldn’t have worked.

“That play should have never happened,” he said in an interview with Locked On Packers. “The fact that Aaron even stayed with me should never happen. He is coached to get off me the moment i don’t get inside.”

As Jennings tells it, the Steelers were in a two-safety, man coverage look where it’s the cornerback’s job not to let the receiver inside where he has no help.

“Aaron looks at me in the huddle and is like I’m coming to you. I’m like Ike Taylor has been following me everywhere. I’m literally in my mind as I’m running to the line thinking ‘Ok how in the world am I going to get inside Ike Taylor?’ because I see it’s two-man. As a savvy vet, if there’s one person on their defense who’s not gonna let me get inside, or not let someone get inside, it’s Ike.”

But he knew to avoid disaster, he had to make it work.

“And I’m thinking, ‘He’s not gon’ let me get in there.’ I never felt like I wouldn’t be able to do something, and I just knew I could not take any chance with dilly dallying on the line trying to get inside because I would get caught up. So I gave him a jab, a little hesitation off the line and just ran around him really quick and I knew just run, just run.c And if I could bend it just enough … which again, I’m not even — I’m not open!”

“There’s no way he should have thrown that,” he says with a laugh.

If he hadn’t, we would be without one of the most memorable plays in recent Super Bowl history.

Listen to the full interview here:

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Peter Bukowski is an award-winning writer, reporter and broadcaster living in New York. He has covered the NFL for Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Bleacher Report, Yahoo!, and many others. His work has been recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. Peter is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He hates your favorite team and makes dumb jokes on Twitter.

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