With starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers being held out of the preseason finale as a coach's decision, backup Matt Flynn had himself a pretty good performance as the Packers lost the Kansas City Chiefs 17-13 in the preseason finale.
In basically only three quarters of play, Flynn completed 23 out of 37 passes for 307 yards. He didn't have any touchdowns, but he also didn't throw any interceptions.
It wasn't a great showing by any means. After all, the Packers only scored 13 points the whole game and only converted 4 of 19 combined third and fourth downs, but Flynn started to ease concerns that he could adequately fill in for Rodgers if necessary over a short amount of time.
Considering Flynn only played a series or two with other players considered starters, it would be hard to blame anyone for wondering what the backup quarterback could do if he was surrounded by the "ones." At several times throughout the course of the game, Flynn was plagued by dropped passes and hit or miss protection.
Rodgers was one of three healthy scratches for the Packers in the fourth preseason game joining cornerback Charles Woodson and running back Ryan Grant. The Packers also kept several other players out of the game that have been dealing with injuries.
According to reports from other NFL games, holding starters out of the game was a common theme on this Thursday. The final preseason game has always been notorious for starters playing sparingly, but it seems to have gone a step further in 2010. Certainly this will be presented as evidence for the need of an "enhanced season" that would see the exhibition season trimmed to two games while the regular season is extended to 18.
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