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  • But, you now, Aaron Rodgers is a choker who can't win in the 4th quarter.
  • Seriously, that play to avoid the rush and find Cobb downfield for the winning touchdown is one of Rodgers' greatest plays ever. In his career. It can't be overstated.
  • Mike McCarthy's running back rotation is a mystery.
  • Speaking of the running game, I don't understand why McCarthy insisted on so many outside runs early on. The Bears have been weak up front in the middle all year, yet he kept testing the edge,
  • Jamari Lattimore may be the people's champ, but he's not much more than just a guy.
  • Jordy Nelson's catch on 4th down on the final drive was so money.
  • As was his catch and run when nearly 4 Bears players had a chance to bring him down and he turned it into a big gain.
  • McCarthy and Rodgers completely outsmarted themselves most of the game.
  • Are we going to kill Rodgers for zeroing in on Nelson the way we killed Flynn for doing the same? Or no?
  • Speaking of Rodgers, his interception in the endzone was all him. I saw some people blaming Qualress for stopping on his route. That's absurd.
  • That may have been Nick Perry's worst game as a pro.
  • Richardson is never going to displace Jennings at safety if he keeps blowing tackles like he did on Forte.
  • Have I mentioned how much I love Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb?
  • Yes, the 49ers are coming to Lambeau. Bring it.
  • I love this team.
  • Go Pack Go.

 

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fish and crane's picture

In the end,,, the playoffs you make are greater than the mistakes you hate.!

My biggest rush of watching football ever. Cobb from Rodgers on fourth down.....WOW

A_Lerxst_in_Packerland's picture

Amen. My heart was pounding and I was literally on the edge of my seat during that final drive. Three (count 'em, three!) 4th down conversions. Unbelievable. I have to go watch the game highlights now and enjoy Rodgers to Cobb (thanks for the block, Kuhhhhhhhhn!) again. WOW is right!

Phatgzus's picture

It's top 3 no less, for sure.

cLowNEY42's picture

Damn Cardinals.

Nerd's picture

Glad we got the 9ers.

Time to beat them, once and for all.

TommyG's picture

I want the Niners. If we can't beat them we don't belong.

cLowNEY42's picture

"Glad we got the 9ers."

What???!!!!???!!!!

We wanted the Saints in GB in the snow/cold.
'9ers are built for this game.

Get ready for another 200+ yds on the ground.

RunAndHyde's picture

Um....have you seen our run game? Best one two punch in football.

Idiot Fan's picture

I believe cow's point was about our run defense, which is terrible. But that's a worry for another day, time to celebrate this win.

TommyG's picture

We came so close at the beginning of the season that I really want another crack at those guys. You are right though, the better matchup would've been the saints.

4thand1's picture

Cow go home already. They won the f-ing game if you hadn't noticed. You really are sicki
enig at times.

Morgan Mundane's picture

You and I have been at odds Nerd so let me be blunt. I hope the niners break their legs walking down the tunnel, then slip on the ice and their gonads freeze to the tundra.

I so want to see those, starts with bas____, get there arse kicked but if not, hey we made the playoffs. A lot of teams can't say that.

Evan's picture

Who was that guy in the Cobb jersey catching all those touchdowns? Someone assured me he wouldn't play again this year...

Sir Cheese's picture

Cow's track record with predictions is pretty horrible. 6-10, no playoffs, cobb won't play. It doesn't matter how many names he's had it's always the same sob story. He has no joy

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

you know, sometimes i think you get too much crap from people for providing an eeyore's-eye-view of things (which can be valuable at times), but i have to say -- if you can't just enjoy this incredible win for at least a couple of days, you need to seek professional help.

- i still think we won't go very far in the playoffs given the way our defense plays
- i still think capers needed to go before last season, and still needs to go
- i still think raji is trying to play himself out of green bay and that infuriates me
- i still think rodgers and nelson and cobb make mccarthy look better/smarter than he is

but none of that matters to my psyche until at least thursday. i was a dry sponge who was expecting disappointment who was lucky enough to soak up one of the most satisfying and thrilling victories in years instead. i will be doing nothing but oozing packer pride for the foreseeable future, and you should too.

cLowNEY42's picture

I just want Super Bowls.

Sir Cheese's picture

It's unrealistic to expect to win the Super Bowl every year. The mentality that a season is unsuccessful if you don't win a championship is only going to set up you for disappointment. I believe that the goal should be to win your division and get hot at the end of the year, give yourself a chance to make a run. The Packers under TT and MM have consistently provided that. I'm not saying they don't have their flaws just like every other coach/gm, but the consistent results speak for themselves IMHO.

Capers on the other hand....I loved our D in 2010. Whether it's personnel or scheme (or both) I do agree big time changes are coming on defense.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Am I dead? Is this heaven?

No matter what happens next week, given the extraordinary volume of injuries to key players, I have to consider this season a success. It's A success if for nothing other then ruining duh bares season... Again... At their house... Again.

The only thing that could make me feel better would've been if Rodgers could've proved he was clutch... Oh, wait, nope... Couldn't feel any better.

GBP 4 LIFE

cLowNEY42's picture

"No matter what happens next week..."

This is a topic we want to avoid.

Total buzzkill.

Mark in Montana's picture

If anything, cow, you're an authority on buzzkills.

Phatgzus's picture

Buzz Killington a la mode the good years of Family Guy.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

LMAO. They had me worried a few weeks back when they killed off Brian good to see they brought him back ala time travel, of course.

Jonnie's picture

I cant agree more total buzzkill

jeremy's picture

F&*k it, we're playing with house money!

After what happened this season, any postseason is a bonus.

cLowNEY42's picture

I agree with this.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Agreed. IMO, ruining duh bares and their fans holidays is enough... Should anything good happen in the playoffs... Bonus.

Wiscokid's picture

Tight word!

larry valdes's picture

Are you kidding me. I congrats the whole team for keeping playing until the end.

jack in jersey city's picture

no doubt! anything that happens now is just icing on the cake. after all the adversity this team (and us fans) went through this season and to make it into the playoffs is a blessing. i know that the 49'ers are a matchup nightmare for the packers, but who knows? i'm not saying that we're going to the superbowl- in fact, i'm pretty sure we're not with this many injuries and a craptastic defense. but, this game next week could be another shootout and we have a shot as long as #12 is in the game!

Nerd's picture

Last year's game was closer than you remember.

1: Jeremy Ross won't be fumbling the game away.

2: Kaepernick has come back down to earth.

3: It's gonna be at OUR house.

cLowNEY42's picture

1: Hyde's shown some fumble-tendencies.

2: They've won 7 straight... hottest team in the NFL.

3: 49'ers are built for the cold. Packers would have a better chance if this game was going to be played in a dome.

Nerd's picture

Packers don't currently play better in domes. Look how they did in Detoilet. This muddy track will slow teams down, hide our lack of speed on D.

Hyde will be fine.

We burn more clock in the first meeting this year, and we win that game easily. Go back and watch.

Ruppert's picture

Rodgers was rusty at times, no doubt. That TD to Cobb was one of the great plays by any QB ever.

That pitch play wasn't working today. Why did they use is 19 times???

Anything can happen! Love this '13 Packers team!

fish and crane's picture

especially on third and one on that last drive....McCarthy must learn how to call a run game a bit better... I thought, finally on the two point conversion..they'd give it to Lacy...but never... but so what... wahooo

Stroh's picture

Couldn't you tell Lacy was completely limited? Hell he shouldn't have even played IMO. From the 1st series it was clear Lacy was a one directional runner. He could NOT run right, since he couldn't cut off his right foot. Starks could have had a buck 50 if he had played the whole game! I love Lacy as much or more than anyone, but he limited the offense today. Would have been better to rest him and play Starks all game.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Yes. 3rd and 1, quit effin around and let Lacy take it up the gut against a historically bad run D, don't pitch it out wide and hope he can turn the corner on a bum ankle. Mike really makes things harder on himself times than he needs to imo.at

Nerd's picture

Perry's got a bad foot. He's been coming on as a player. Especially on the right side. I'm a little worried about him staying healthy though.

Truly a game for the ages.

Gotta figure some stuff out on defense. Like, who the DBs are supposed to cover. How many guys should be on the field. What play has been called. How to stop the run.

But I don't fear the 9ers. We're due!

jeremy's picture

"Nick Perry had a day to forget."

Lets hope he bounces back. Neal, Mumumba and Perry are going to need to play solid games next week.

Joel's picture

I liked how you misspelled Mulumba's name.

WKUPackFan's picture

Mulumba needs a cure for the Walden disease. Seems like he's crashing inside too much.

jeremy's picture

Actually that is kinda funny.

packsmack25's picture

I am going to need to invest in an oxygen tank.

jack in jersey city's picture

i need a new brain after mine exploded in the 4th quarter

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

"Seriously, that play to avoid the rush and find Cobb downfield for the winning touchdown is one of Rodgers’ greatest plays ever. In his career."

I'm hard pressed to think of a better one... Given all that was on the line. I mean, 4th and effin 7. So clutch. Props to Kuhn, he made that play go.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Season on the line.

Stroh's picture

3rd and 10 in SB 45, is easily the biggest play of Rodgers career. Unlikely to ever be matched. Finding Cobb on that play is probably #2, but no way it beats the throw to Jennings on 3rd and 10 to win the SB.

cLowNEY42's picture

agreed.

Idiot Fan's picture

Also agree

Phatgzus's picture

I concur.

packeraaron's picture

While I agree that's his number one play Stroh, it didn't win the Super Bowl, awesome though it was.

Stroh's picture

It was early in the 4th qtr of the SB. When Pitts had gotten the momentum back. Converting it lead to a TD that secured the Win IIRC. I would say it went a long way toward winning the SB for us.

Idiot Fan's picture

I had thought that that was the beginning of the drive that started around the seven-minute mark and went to the two-minute-ish mark that ended with a field goal putting us up six, leading to a final two minutes where Pittsburgh could have driven for a winning TD that took a year off my life.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Yep, good call, that one slipped my mind for some reason . I'd put that at #1 too, just edging out todays. The Pack had the lead but had lost momentum (it's real) at that point, that was a perfect throw and catch in the SB, when we needed it most.

Stroh's picture

Why in the hell is Kuhn a Pro Bowler?! LMFAO!

4thand1's picture

I posted that about Kuhn yesterday. Down goes Peppers, down goes Peppers!

Idiot Fan's picture

I was one who wasn't totally sure what Kuhn still brought to the team, but he totally earned his place with that play alone.

Phatgzus's picture

Agreed, but it was 4th-and-8 Goddammit!

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

What's a yard amongst friends? :-)

Phatgzus's picture

Fair enough, I'll give ya a yard, but please don't try to take a meter.

Mojo's picture

Agree on the 4th Q SB throw. Can't get any bigger than that play. Plus it was about as good a throw as you could possibly make. Today's Cobb TD was exciting, but he was wide open. The great part of that play was ARod keeping it alive.

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

just as much as rodgers or cobb (or the bears for deciding not to cover the deep ball), kuhn is to thank for our happiness today.

if he doesn't heat-seeking-missile-dive-block peppers, this game/season ends with a julius peppers sack of aaron rodgers.

man, would that feel a whole lot different than this does. think of how much cowshit we'd all have to be swimming in today?!

Phatgzus's picture

Cow42's been eating his words, feet, hats, and crow for a long time-that'd be a lot of manure.

cLowNEY42's picture

This "run" has nothing to do with the Packers. This is all about the NFC North sucking balls.

TommyG's picture

We knew that our secondary was awful, and they didn't make any of us liars.

Thank goodness Jay Cutler isn't clutch.

AR was zeroed in on Jordy.

He also made the read to Cobb on the last Packers play.

Wow was this game an emotional roller coaster.

The Bears still suck!!!

Bring on the Niners!

Go Pack Go!!!

Mexicancheesehead's picture

Does anyone know how cold the game could be next week for the 49ers?

Kparis99's picture

Right now, forecast is 25 on Sat. 18 on Sun. Snow chance both days.

jeremy's picture

20 degrees F according to the 7 day forecast.

Hank Scorpio's picture

It should be cold enough to change the game. Anything above 30 is not at all rough for football. But once you get to 20 or below, that's a whole other kettle of fish. Speed is negated. Some guys don't want to hit in that weather. The ball is slippery. Catching is more difficult. As is making an accurate pass.

A skinny little guy like Kaepernick is built for a fast track in nice conditions. It will be interesting to see how he handles things this weekend. Especially if they get the Saturday night game.

Nerd's picture

Weather should slow Kaepernick down, if nothing else.

Mojo's picture

Kaepernick may be some things, but he's not skinny. The guy's built like a brick $hithouse

The TKstinator's picture

He's mighty mighty.
He lets it all hang out.

Hank Scorpio's picture

I googled for some pics. He is pretty ripped in the upper body. But the legs are rather twiggish.

Phatgzus's picture

Da na now now

KurtMc's picture

+1 on observation of running back plays. It was clear the Bears were keying on Lacy. Zero imganation on faking Lacy & rolling #12 out or something else.

Bring on 49's although I'd rather see the Saints

Evan's picture

Am I the only one who was screaming for Cobb to take a knee on that 4th down play?

cLowNEY42's picture

Good call.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Nope, I was right there with you. Drain the clock, kick a FG with 2-3 ticks left. Duh bares had time, and ginormous receivers.

jeremy's picture

Not without the lead.

snackpack's picture

You and all the bears fans.

Bugeater's picture

I believe you were.

Might have been a good idea though.

murphy's picture

Go up by 5 with a shot to make it 7, or let Mason try a short field goal and pray that another Steelers incident doesn't happen? Take the sure points.

Evan's picture

Yeah, definitely super ballsy and probably too cute for its own good, but I did not feel good about 38 seconds and two timeouts.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

To clarify, I definitely wasn't pissed he scored. In a perfect world, I'd have liked to see a fg as time expired. We've seen hail marry's hurt us before, see Seattle and Giants... Neither of those teams have as many behemoths as duh bares.

murphy's picture

I don't think either kneeling and kicking a fg or taking the TD is a wrong call, unless it doesn't work :), in which case we'd have a whole offseason to second guess it.

WKUPackFan's picture

I understand the thought, but, you've to take the points.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Yeah, I agree with that... I thought about that, if it was a for sure thing to kick the field goal. But there is no sure things. Crosby had a 20-30 yard FG blocked last week.

TommyG's picture

Yup, score when you can. The defense gets paid to play as well.

The TKstinator's picture

I'm with you on that.

Sir Cheese's picture

If we were tied with a chance to win with a FG I agree, but down by 1 you take any score you can. Especially in a cold weather game, bad snap?hold or Peppers with his crazy arms blocks it. I am fine with the TD !

Chewy04's picture

I didn't even think of it...would have made the last minute a lot less stressful.

Mark's picture

Really.

Our players don't have the game presence to pickup a live ball. Cobb's play during the miracle isn't a concern.

The TKstinator's picture

"Pickup Six", I believe we're calling it.

KurtMc's picture

BTW - FU Bears. Go Pack Go

RunAndHyde's picture

Cobbs game winner .....I almost broke my ankle I jumped so high! Crazy game.....go pack go!

RunAndHyde's picture

Almost made us forget about Boykins crazy td haha.

RC Packer Fan's picture

yeah, I don't remember ever seeing a play like that before. That was insane.

WKUPackFan's picture

Seen a lot of football, don't remember any play quite like that.

RC Packer Fan's picture

I guarantee you that, that play will be used as a teaching tool for all games moving forward. To never quit on a play until the whistle blows.

I was honestly shocked though that none of the refs blew a whistle, with the way most of the players were just standing around.

WKUPackFan's picture

For as bad as the officiating has been across the NFL this year, they got that one right. Boykin gets at least half a credit for being the only guy on the field to run to pick up the ball.

Phatgzus's picture

Yeah, props to the refs, they called a helluva game for a helluva game, even gave us a gift.

Mark's picture

Embarrassing, these guys make millions and a pop Warner kid knows better. The league should make the team wear dunce caps next week.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Freaking awesome game... Couldn't have had a much more enjoyable game to watch.

I love the Packers. Especially with Rodgers and Cobb playing again...

jack in jersey city's picture

easily the best game of the season..... so far ;)

Bugeater's picture

Jordy Nelson saved this season time and time again. He is simply amazing.

RC Packer Fan's picture

IMO, he deserved a Pro Bowl bid. Not many Packers did this season, but he was one that seriously deserved it.

KurtMc's picture

Aaron telling Boykin to pick it up & run...just amazing field awareness.

No doubt IF Aaron was in the Pit game, we wouldn't even have this conversation.

Just un-real!

Jamie's picture

Had we won vs PIT...we'd still have to win today. That game ended up meaning nothing, but could have eliminated us had the bares won last week.

Phatgzus's picture

Actually Aaron was getting word from the sideline, and Boykin took off running even before that, after looking at the sidelines. Just a kooky freakin'
play.

KurtMc's picture

Serouisly, we had ZERO pass rush on Cuttler. Where the H is Datone?

MadMan's picture

Listening to the Bears post game on 670. Boy are they pissed. good for them!

PadLevel's picture

Yup, Never miss "Doug & OB" on The Score right after a Bears loss!

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

I moved from Illinois 7 years ago, when there I always tuned in to The Score. The whole, 'keep your enemies close' thing. That wind bag Obradovich is still around, eh?

MarkinMadison's picture

Amazing game. For all we rag on the defensive secondary, they made some plays in the last minute to preserve the win.

As bad as the Bears feel right now, what do you do if you are the Lions? If Schwartz can't secure the division this year, he never will.

Nerd's picture

Schwartz is gone.

jeremy's picture

I liked him there, screwing things up.

Evan's picture

Exactly. That team with a competent coach could be scary.

Nerd's picture

Didn't like they way he coached dirty. A guy who doesn't teach his players to take cheap shots would be much more welcome in the division.

And anyway, the owners will keep that team messed up for the forseeable future. lol

keeley2's picture

I've got to think Lacy is really hurting. No burst, none of those knee buckling cuts. Get well soon Eddie!

WKUPackFan's picture

Did you see how his ankle was taped? It's amazing the guy is playing. He's simply fantastic.

Stroh's picture

I saw it on the first drive... Clearly they weren't running Lacy right cuz he couldn't cut off his right foot. After the first drive Lacy was so limited that when he was in the game they wouldn't run right. I said almost immediately they needed to play Starks and sit Lacy. Lacy hindered the offense today and shouldn't have been in the game.

Sorry but how could you miss that? It was extremely obvious! Lacy should have been on the bench all game. That he played at all is what surprised me!

RC Packer Fan's picture

It speaks to his toughness though.

I do think they should have used Starks a little more though.

Lacy obviously wasn't even close to being healthy.

I will say though. It is a nice change of pace to seeing a player tough it out and play through injuries. There are so many Pros that don't play when they have a hang nail. It is kind of refreshing to be honest.

Stroh's picture

I don't doubt Lacy's toughness one bit. But he limited the offense by playing. From his first series, I said to the guy next to me at the Packers bar I go to that they wouldn't run Lacy right. He couldn't cut off his right foot. Starks could have had at least a buck 50, vs the bears had he played the entire game. Lacy could not run right and teams are going to know it from now on until he proves otherwise.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Yeah, I agree with what your saying.
I do think they should have used Starks more then Lacy though. Lacy was probably 50% or so from what he has been like. He definitely wasn't the same guy we have been watching.

Mojo's picture

And it wasn't like Starks wasn't producing. Needed more Starks less Lacy, at least in this game. I already know Lacy is one tough SOB.

WKUPackFan's picture

What an amazing game! Congratulations to the entire team and a big thank you for giving us more thrills and another week of Packers football.

WKUPackFan's picture

I've questioned several of MM's strategy calls this year, but his decision to go for 1 early in the 4th was spot on. He'd have taken a lot of heat if not for "the drive" (it needs an epic name), but it would have still been the right decision.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Yeah, I thought he made the right decision there. If they went for 2 and didn't get it, and the bears went and scored a TD, they would be down by 2 scores vs. 1.

WKUPackFan's picture

That's exactly right. Took me a little while to figure it out during the game.

packsmack25's picture

But if you wait on the two pointer and miss it, you lose and didn't have the knowledge of needing two scores in time to run the hurry-up.

Jamie's picture

That's a flawed way to look at it. It boils down to MM not trusting the D to stop the bears from scoring another TD, and in a sense took a little pressure off of the D.

Going for two and failing at 26-28 gives them a certain 9 pt lead (hypothetically 26-35), should the bears score a TD. Instead, he guaranteed us a one possession game if the bears continued their hot streak.

packsmack25's picture

No, it's the logical way of looking at it. You can run your offense in a manner that helps you get more possessions if you know you need them. They ultimately failed the 2 pointer, so had they been down by 8 and missed with 38 seconds, now you need an onside recovery just to have a shot. If they had entered that final drive down by 9 though, they would have called plays much differently to conserve clock, putting them in a much better position to get another possession. It's not about keeping it close, it's about knowing what you're going to need.

packsmack25's picture

Nope, absolutely the wrong call. You need information to correctly call the final minutes. He left himself without the info to make decisions later. It didn't matter in the end, but you can't put your team in that situation.

CH Pack Fan's picture

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/237910541.html?ipad=y#!page=1&p...

If this is accurate, I question MM's intelligence. Has he watched the defense this year?

Also, you needed to go for 2 the first time. It's just math.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

I find that to be a scoche disconcerting. Situational football, yo.

WKUPackFan's picture

Three (3!) fourth down conversions? Are you kidding me?

RunAndHyde's picture

Nope..saw it with my own two eyes.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

None of these was 4th and 26 was it?

I was watching at my buddy's house... Big Bears fan. He was feeling pretty good and then the dagger. They're so adorable how they never learn.

KurtMc's picture

A season to tell our Kids about... I was one who was ready to "Pack it in". Never again. Never give up. Simply WOW.

Runing another CHI playoff - Priceless

BubbaOne's picture

"Speaking of the running game, I don’t understand why McCarthy insisted on so many outside runs early on. The Bears have been weak up front in the middle all year, yet he kept testing the edge."

Aaron,
MM saw no edge setting from his D. He must have figured the Bears D would be just as bad.

"Nick Perry had a day to forget."

Aaron,
Perry never showed up so there's nothing to forget.

KurtMc's picture

Go Eagles

steven's picture

That last play... i was screaming when he threw it. :)_)_)_:)

The TKstinator's picture

I was dreaming when I wrote this.
Forgive me if it goes astray.

Jonnie's picture

Best part of today was we Beat them puniks in their house and screwed up their playoff chances cant get any better yeah we had some flaws but lets move on packer fans bring on the niners

JJ in CO's picture

I also thought the 1st pick was on Rodgers, however the "people" blaming #81 incl. Antonio Freeman. He may be slightly more qualified to render judgement.

Phatgzus's picture

Qualress the walrus.

Phatgzus's picture

Agree with most of this, particular regarding Perry and Richardson. A-Rodg certainly zoned in on Jordy for about 1/3 of the plays, but that resulted in a 160-yard day for Sir Nelson (yeah he's deserving of knighthood) and a shoulda-woulda-coulda TD, instead of a pick and 3 sacks a la Matt Flynn.

RG's picture

Yeah. Comparing Flynn zeroing on Nelson to Rodgers zeroing on Nelson has a difference. 160 yards vs. 209 yards for Nelson in Flynn's 4 starts.

Bearmeat's picture

Even if (when?) we get trucked next week, this was worth it.

Mark's picture

Got to agree.

Edward's picture

Lacy just didn't have his power today. Was surprised we didn't see Starks in the 2nd half.

4thand1's picture

Packers sprayed the troll away, but there's still some tough cockroaches left.

Stroh's picture

LMFAO!!! Literally laughed out loud!

Paul Ott Carruth's picture

Thank goodness for the invention of DVR. I just finished watching the game. Except for some blown coverages the secondary played solid pass defense. The run fits, however, were terrible. It appeared Capers was content to let Forte beat the Packers instead of Marshall and Jeffrey and he almost did. Cutler didn't hurt them but he didn't do anything to tilt the scales. Trestman appeared content to put the ball in Forte's hands, which in my opinion, was the smart play.

Offensively, Mike McCarthy called his best game from a strategic standpoint since the week 1 opener in San Francisco. The 2nd half was a little shaky but I liked how he controlled the intermediate middle with both Quarless and Nelson and had checkdown options in the 1st half. The 3rd and 1 slant in the 3rd quarter was just plain dumb. Even though they picked up the 4th and 1 with Kuhn it was still a telegraphed play. Cobb at the HB position in that situation? Don't get it. As I suspected, Mel Tucker ran a good dose of single high looks. It made sense but Rodgers made them pay just enough for it to hurt.

The TKstinator's picture

How hard/easy would it be to expect our defense to improve the run fits? Is it a matter of discipline? Or physical ability? Scheme related? How could GB be so tough against the run for the first month or so and now...this?

Nerd's picture

I think their Dline guys got dinged up. Pickett might have gotten old.

CJ Wilson should get some time imo, but he was inactive this week, in favor of Worthy, who's more of a pass rusher.

Albert Lingerfeld's picture

Ive never heard Worthy or Datone names all game. Perry was awful.

jack in jersey city's picture

wait.... worthy played yesterday? i didn't notice him in there at all

Idiot Fan's picture

Datone played 5 snaps; Worthy played 2.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

"The 3rd and 1 slant in the 3rd quarter was just plain dumb"

Awful. Really was.

The TKstinator's picture

Normally I flip out about playcalling complaints, however, POC, you seem a little more qualified than the average fan. Or a lot. Anyway, why do YOU say the pass on third and one was dumb? (For most fans, the answer to that question is "because it didn't work".
Can the Packers expect to run the ball every time in that situation and convert?

Case in point: when Raji and Daniels lined up in front of Lacy near the goal line the first time a few weeks ago, he scored easily. The following week, same situation, he got stuffed, and many fans complained about how stupid it was. I gotta figure there are several variants they can run out of that formation but if they just knock a team on their butt, why get fancy?

I am really interested in your reply to this because I have a feeling I'm going to learn something.

Paul Ott Carruth's picture

I noticed a "boat load" of 98/99 Truck and Taxi from the gun today (that little Toss play to the outside). Green Bay went to the well one too many times with those plays. Plenty of gap runs today with 96/97 Power and Power Bang Spot....mostly from the gun. Didn't see any zone upon first viewing. Have to rewatch to confirm. I'm guessing no on the zone runs because there was no boot action from Rodgers and we didn't see the playaction off of it.

The TKstinator's picture

Funny, my first dog was named Power Bang Spot.

Weird.

Nerd's picture

Dude, post a glossary. Seriously, we'd love to know wtf you're talking about. lol. Great posts.

cheddarhead's picture

YAHOO!!!! Bring on the 9ers. Hope it is f#&ing cold.

4thand1's picture

Aikman himself said there should have been an pass int on Major Wright. He leveled Nelson about 9 yards downfield. Just watched the replay. Also it looked like Cutler was over the LOS on the last throw. Who cares, Pack wins. NFCN Champs 3 years running. Bring on 2014, were still here.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

At first glance I thought the same thing about Cutler... Watched it back a couple times, his lead leg was over, but his whole body has to be...it was a legit throw.

Nerd's picture

He was pretty far over the line.

Might have had a foot behind it or something.

Stroh's picture

All Packer fans should know this... Its the Majkowski rule. Its where the ball is that matters! Ball behind the LOS good. Ball past the LOS not good.

cLowNEY42's picture

wrong.
has nothing to do with the ball.
if the ball is released before the entire body crosses the line it's a good throw.

sorta like the 3 point rule (both feet and ball) in basketball when it comes to a back court violation.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

False. It's where the body is at when the ball is released... Like I said the first time. Cow gets it.

Nerd's picture

They changed that rule.

Mark's picture

Am I the only one who hates Buck and Aikman. I live in Indiana and put on WTMJ and hold the antenna so I can listen to green and gold static rather than those two!

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

my brother and dad both hate them with a passion.

i don't get it, i don't mind them, and sort of like buck - i think he's much better with baseball, but don't mind him with football so much.

Point Packer's picture

"Richardson is never going to displace Jennings at safety if he keeps blowing tackles like he did on Forte."

Yes. This goes out to all you idiots (there are many) who kept telling me how good Richardson looked opposite Burnett. You all are stupid. Just shut up. Richardson is as bad or worse than MD jennings. Idiots. You all, including Stroh, don't know shit about football. Richardson is a CFL player at best.

Go Pack.

Big Al's picture

Nobody looks good opposite Burnett. In 2010 Peprah looked good playing opposite Collins, Next season was rubbish playing opposite Burnett
Richardson is not the saviour of our secondary but at least when he gets beaten he was at least in position to make a play not 40 yards away like the other safeties
Draft can't come soon enough.

Nerd's picture

Richardson had a bad game. I'd still take him over Jennings.

Then again, I'd have moved Hyde over months ago.

4thand1's picture

Only idiots say never. Warren Moon played in the CFL

Point Packer's picture

Lol. True.

Both Richardson and Jennings suck.

Whatever, we won.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

And boy, was it just me or was Lattimore bad? I know many (me included) have wanted to see him take snaps from Jones, but... Yeesh. Careful what you wish for I suppose.

Nerd's picture

If Jones was healthy, I'd start him at OLB right now. Under normal circumstances though, he's better at ILB than Lattimore. He's been hurt though.

Lattimore's raw, but he plays aggressive.

Point Packer's picture

He plays aggressive, I'll give him that. This was the first game his overall ineptitude shined.

TOM's picture

Glad I don't bet the Packer Game. I didn't think GB would cover the 3. I was wrong. I am glad the Forty Niners are coming here. I do have $$$ on GB for the NFC & the SB. If we would win Sunday, against ??, we would probably play them next out there. I'd just as soon play them here, & get it over with. We're 2 1/2 - 3 PT. underdogs. I like the line, from a betting stand point. Not totally sure the SB goes through Seattle, but if it does, I like our chances, if we get there.

Ho Le Fuk's picture

Perry better sit down and understand, ALL teams this year have been running successfully at his side. They study the film and see that he does not have the speed or mobility to seal the edge. The 9ers will exploit this and our pourous defense but Kaperdick has an axe against the Packers and will run more than he has all season.
Dom, you better have a defense for these guys. The one youve been calling is not going to work pal.

Albert Lingerfeld's picture

Next year Ted lets get an offensive coordinator, yes it may cost you a buck cheapo, but MM can't call plays, manage the clock and make quick decisions. It aint working Ted.
MM should have clearly tried for two to at least tie the game. A mental midget would have known that rather than kick a meaningless extra point knowing you were still down by two???????
That is mismanagement by a guy who has too much on his mind.

Point Packer's picture

No, that's management from a coach who doesn't want to go down by two scores and in essence, end the game/season. Here's a little math for you:

7 + 2 = 9 (that's two scores)

7 + 1 = 8 (that's a TD plus a two point conversion or one score)

MM was banking on overall game scoring not ending on that play. And he was right. Hopefully, TT doesn't hire you as an offensive coordinator.

packsmack25's picture

If clock management isn't a factor, then yes, you'd be correct. But you don't get to assume time on the clock, so you have to tie the game ASAP if you can to ensure that you know the whole picture of what you need to do on offense. You're right that 7+1=8 and 7+2=9, but then you also have to factor in that being down 9 with 6-7 minutes left is a much more managable scenario than being down 2 with 38 seconds left, since missing the 2 in either scenario is the worst-case.

Point Packer's picture

Given how the game was going, there was no reason to believe that the Bears wouldn't score another TD. Whatever, I agreed with the call. And at the end of the day, didn't matter one way or the other.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Perhaps we are in the minority, but that's the way I saw it as well.

The bears were scoring TD's, no reason to believe they wouldn't score another one in 11 plus minutes. Had we missed the 2 point conversion (which I believe we are 0fer on the year) and they scored another TD, we're looking at a two score game with likely less than half a quarter to go.

I thought it was the right call at the time. Still do given how the previous 49 minutes had gone.

That said, I absolutely see that a case can be made the other way. A wrong case, but a case nonetheless.
:-)

Idiot Fan's picture

Yeah, I was thinking about that too. I can't remember the last time we made a 2-pt conversion.

Point Packer's picture

I think we run the exact same play every single time. Short slant.

PackersRS's picture

Late to the party but...

Defense. Awful. Dumb mistake after dumb mistake. Criminal misuse of players (or use, for that matter). Players unprepared. Scheme predictable. Same flaws as ever. 3rd year defense sucks.

Capers should go. But, because of the extent of injuries and the lack of quality in key areas, such as safety, he won't.

But he should.

PA PackerBacker's picture

+Speaking of the running game, I don’t understand why McCarthy insisted on so many outside runs early on. The Bears have been weak up front in the middle all year, yet he kept testing the edge,

and:

+McCarthy and Rodgers completely outsmarted themselves most of the game.

Just for my information... Aaron Nagler... why did you say those two things?

Evan's picture

I think Wilde mentioned something about Rodgers saying he felt pain when handing off... Might explain all the pitches outside.

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