Halftime is a mere 12 minutes now, and in those brief moments last Sunday, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and his MVP quarterback had to figure something out. The Packers had 78 yards of total offense – 60 of which came on their first possession – and Aaron Rodgers had been sacked five times and thrown the second pick-six of his career.

“It’s like a Rolodex kind of defense,” Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison said of Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's group.

“They ran quarters, two-man, 11, at least four or five coverages,” Packers tight end Lance Kendricks added. “They mix it up pretty well and then they disguise it pretty well. It’s tough.”

The Bengals’ front four was getting after Rodgers, blowing up his protection without the benefit of blitzes. Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey was flawless in his communication of the back seven, above the din of nearly 80,000 at Lambeau Field, coordinating coverage of just three Packers receivers.

“I like to blitz as much as anybody, and we have a lot of blitzes in and ready to be used, but when you get in the playoffs if you can’t win with a four-man rush, you’re not going to win,” Guenther said. “How many playoff teams or Super Bowl teams where all they do is blitz, that really win? You gotta be able to mix those things up.”

The Packers decided they had to get more options out in patterns and Rodgers realized he had to start moving.

Yet even after adjustments from a Super Bowl-winning head coach and quarterback with over a decade of chemistry together, when it mattered most, Rodgers still had to make it up as he went along to crack the Bengals’ defense.