Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chippers (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chippers (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Week 17 win against the Detroit Lions...
- Matt Flynn––Arnie Herber, Bart Starr, Don Horn, Lynn Dickey, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers. None of them threw for as many yards or for as many touchdowns in a single game as Matt Flynn did on New Year's Day. Flynn got the start on Sunday when the Packers chose to deactivate Rodgers in order to avoid injury and keep him healthy for the playoffs. And not only did Flynn complete 31 of 44 passes for 480 yards, six touchdowns, one interceptions and a 136.4 passer rating, he also led the Packers to a fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory with less than one minute to go. As a free agent at season's end, Flynn made himself a ton of money.
- Jordy Nelson––With three touchdowns from Flynn, Nelson now has 15 on the year, the most by a Packers receiver in a single season since Sterling Sharpe had 18 in 1994. Nelson also put to rest any notion that he could only be effective when Greg Jennings took attention away from him. Even though he wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl, Nelson showed he was every bit deserving of such an honor. He had nine catches for 162 yards on the day.
- Jermichael Finley––After a stretch of a couple games with more drops than most were comfortable with, Finley bounced back with a solid performance versus the Lions and showed a good rapport with Flynn. The tight end caught seven of eight passes targeted for him for 64 yards, including the game winner with 1:10 left in the game.
- Ryan Grant––Grant continued his string of solid play that has lasted for about the past month, ever since James Starks has been limited by knee and ankle injuries. The veteran running back is showing a burst he didn't show early in the season. It was on display on his 80-yard screen pass for a touchdown, which he deftly sold by feigning pass protection. His 12 carries for 48 yards weren't spectacular but got the job done on the ground.
- Pat Lee––Using Lee on kick returns was an absolute disaster. He got two attempts and muffed them both. On the opening kickoff of the game, Lee couldn't catch it cleanly and had to settle for a touchback. The second one was much more costly. Lee again muffed the kickoff in the endzone but the ball barely squeaked out onto the field of play. Lee then corralled the ball and knelt down for what he thought was a touchback. It ended up being a safety for the Lions. The two most memorable (or forgettable) things Lee has done this season is get a safety and being ejected from the first meeting against the Lions this season.
- Tramon Williams––Most cornerbacks would struggle when having to match up with the best receiver in the NFL, but the thing that made Williams' performance so disappointing was how solid he played against Calvin Johnson in their first meeting this season. On Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, Williams helped Johnson to four catches for 49 yards. On Sunday "Megatron" had 11 catches for a whopping 244 yards and a score.
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