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Micah Hyde is Packers' newest playmaker

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have a new playmaker in Micah Hyde.

Steady as he goes for the first year and a half of his NFL career, the second-year pro has come up big each of the last two games.

A week after his first professional interception, the safety returned a punt 75-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter Sunday that helped blow open the Packers' 53-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field.

Hyde has split punt-return duties with receiver Randall Cobb, who fair caught the first one Sunday. Hyde's turn came on the Eagles' second series. On a ball that some returners might have fair caught, Hyde split a pair of Eagles' cover men -– cornerback Nolan Carroll II and receiver Josh Huff -- made one cut to his right and then outran punter Donnie Jones to the end zone.

No one would have blamed Hyde for fair catching it because while Davon House had Carroll blocked, no one had Huff.

"In the locker room at halftime, House said, 'I knew you weren't going to fair catch it,'" Hyde said. "I have trust in him and whoever the other jammer is and the guys up front to block and get their guys."

It was the Packers' first punt return for a touchdown in more than a year. Their last was Hyde's 93-yarder against the Vikings last year on Oct. 27.

"To be honest with you, going back to the Tuesday game plan meetings, we just felt Micah, his particular style versus their unit and what we had called is really what we talked about all week," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday. "He did a great job of catching and getting north and south and finishing it. Great return. I haven't seen the video of it so I can't comment on the particulars of the blocking, but Micah's straight-ahead style we felt was a good way to go today."

Not bad for a guy who was knocked coming out of college for his lack of speed.

"I'm just a slow guy from Iowa," Hyde said after the game.

However, it was not an all-around stellar day on special teams. Tim Masthay had a punt blocked for the second time this season. Mason Crosby had an extra point blocked and missed a 50-yard field goal (his first miss that wasn't blocked this season) and on another extra point, a problem with the hold prevented Crosby from even attempting it.

"Some weird stuff happened on special teams," Crosby said. "But the defense played great, the offense played great and we did some things on special teams well with that return and our coverage teams played well on kickoff."