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Aaron Rodgers' rogue play on the game-deciding pass against the Cowboys was even more basic than anybody realized

The legend of Aaron Rodgers grew in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs when he converted a long pass in the closing seconds of the win over the Cowboys by simply making up a play, on the fly in the huddle, as if the Packers were just playing in the backyard.

On Wednesday, Rodgers was a guest on ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show" and he explained what went on both prior to the big play and as it was unfolding.

When Rodgers was asked about reports that he had just made up the final play, he explained that what he told his players was even more basic than anybody realized.

"I said everybody kinda run over to the left and get open," Rodgers told Le Batard. "Not exactly in those words, but that was basically the gist of it."

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ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Micah Hyde #33, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21, and Josh Hawkins #28 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Jared Cook #89 of the Green Bay Packers makes a catch while being defended by Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jan 14, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is knocked into the end zone for a safety by the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional playoff at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Running back Spencer Ware #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs spikes the ball after a touchdown run against Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts as he runs onto the field prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers tackles Terrance Williams #83 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley catches a first down pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell in the fourth quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler (19) cannot make the catch during the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers on January 15, 2017, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Green Bay defeats Dallas 34-31. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 14: New England Patriots fans watching action during the Houston Texans Vs New England Patriots Divisional round game during the NFL play-offs on January 14th, 2017 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Prior to this, there was a general assumption that Rodgers had at least given his receivers specific routes to run.

Rodgers went on to explain that head coach Mike McCarthy gives him the freedom to call his own plays in certain situations. However, when Rodgers was asked how often he just makes up a play — as opposed to picking from a group of plays he and McCarthy had picked out — his answer was eye-opening.

Le Batard: But how often do you do that? How often, "everyone just go to the left."?

Rodgers: That would be a first.

Rodgers also noted that he decided to go rogue during such a huge moment because, "the best plays are often the simplest plays and the simplest way of explaining them."

Well, it worked. Jared Cook ran across the field to the left and made a spectacular catch, gaining 36 yards on the third down, and setting up the game-winning field goal.

And now the Packers are one step closer to the Super Bowl.

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