The tough ending notwithstanding, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy still has vivid memories of the emergence of Jermichael Finley in the 51-45 overtime loss at Arizona in an NFC playoff game during the 2009 season.
''That was clearly one of the most dominant performances I've ever been a part of, of a tight end in a game,'' McCarthy said Friday.
In just his second year as a pro and playing in the postseason for the first time, Finley had six catches for 159 yards in what remains the NFL's highest-scoring playoff game. The breakout performance resulted in stardom for the Packers' young tight end.
Those big games that were predicted to be the norm for the talented and seemingly unstoppable Finley have been a rare occurrence the last three years.
A knee injury kept him from contributing to the run to the Super Bowl title in 2010. Dropped passes hampered him last year, and the first half of this season has been filled with more drops and another injury.
The 159 yards receiving in the ...