Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott makes most of opportunity

AP

Sure, that Aaron Rodgers guy was good.

But the Packers don’t win that game last night without backup linebacker Jayrone Elliott.

The backup linebacker and special teamer helped win the game with his one-handed interception of a Russell Wilson screen pass, a turnover which led to the field goal which gave the Packers a 10-point lead.

“It was a big game for us on Sunday Night Football, trying to keep the win streak going in Lambeau, I was just excited being on defense,” Elliott said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I get tired of running down field on kickoffs and kickoff returns so when I get the opportunity to play defense it’s all fun. I feel like a little kid out there.”

He looked like one, with the shot of enthusiasm he gave a team at a time when they needed the stop the most. He had only played about five snaps of defense, but was spelling Julius Peppers and Nick Perry with the Seahawks driving.

“I was just trying to rush the passer and I kind of fell back into it,” Elliott said. “I caught the ball and thought I was LeSean McCoy with it. I didn’t know I caught it with one hand. I was just out there playing.

“I have to take better care of the football when I have it. I wanted to score, but, hey, we won the game.”

Elliott fumbled but recovered it under the pile. He hater forced the ball out of the hands of Seahawks running back Fred Jackson, the fumble that officially ended Seattle’s comeback bid.

For a guy who didn’t get many snaps, he made the most of the ones he got.