Our weekly "Chips Report" always includes two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Week 14 22-21 win vs. the Atlanta Falcons...
- Cornerback Jarrett Bush––With the game and perhaps the Packers' playoff hopes on the line, Bush came up big when it counted most. After both Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore got injured in the fourth quarter, the Packers basically had no choice but to play their dime formation defense with Bush on the field. On the Falcons' second-to-last series of the game, he broke up a fourth-down pass intended for tight end Tony Gonzalez. And then following a punt, Bush put the nail in the coffin by intercepting Matt Ryan's last ditch effort to put the Falcons in position for a game-winning field goal.
- Tight end Andrew Quarless––With Jermichael Finley lost for the season due to injury, Andrew Quarless came up with arguably the best game of his professional life, coming up with career highs in catches (six) and yards (66). He caught the game winning touchdown from quarterback Matt Flynn early in the fourth quarter, helping the Packers end their red-zone woes on after coming up empty on their three previous drives inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
- Linebacker Mike Neal––Down by five point in the fourth quarter, Mike Neal came up with a strip sack of Ryan in Falcons territory, causing a fumble that was recovered by Johnny Jolly. The play set up the Packers' game-winning touchdown by Quarless and helped the team come back from an 11-point deficit to stay alive in their hopes to win the NFC North division and qualify for the playoffs.
- Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly––Not only did Jolly corral a timely fumble recovery, he was a big part of the Packers' defensive resurgence that held the Falcons to only 285 yards on Sunday. He batted one of Ryan's third-quarter pass attempts on a drive that ended in a punt and also made a two-yard tackle for a loss on running back Jason Snelling on the series that ended in a missed field goal attempt in the fourth quarter.
- Safety Morgan Burnett––Continuing a season-long trend of poor play from the safety position and Burnett in particular, he was exposed on both of the Falcons' two offensive touchdowns. First Burnett was caught out of position on a 36-yard catch-and-run by Drew Davis and later got sucked in on play-action fake on a wide-open two-yard connection to Gonzalez. Being the team leader in tackles is no consolation when Burnett played as poorly as he did.
- Guard T.J. Lang––Lang was responsible for at least one of the five sacks the Packers allowed on quarterback Matt Flynn, failing to pick up a second-half blitz. But that wasn't all for the Green Bay guard in what has been an otherwise good season. Lang was also called for a false start penalty on the first drive of the second half on a series that ended in a punt and made an poor effort to bring down linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on his 71-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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