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  • For all the crap Capers gets, the offense cost the Packers this game.
  • That play where it looked like Rodgers was sacked and then he escaped to find Cobb? Yeah, I'm pretty sure my heart stopped.
  • Yes, losing Shields on the first drive hurt bad.
  • James Jones' drops really hurt.
  • There was one 3rd down where Rodgers used a double cadence, and Bowman showed he was coming on the blitz. Rather than call off the blitz, Bowman nodded his head as if to say "That's right, I'm coming" - that was awesome.
  • Yes, Clay Matthews would have made a difference.
  • The complete lack of production from the offense in the 1st quarter was absolutely brutal.
  • On the touchdown to Davis, Morgan Burnett has to know where the mismatch is. He is just completely useless on passing downs. His contract extension could become an albatross for the Packers.
  • Jarrett Bush going inside on the 3rd down blitz where he was picked up by Gore was a killer.
  • Hyde could have started a nice little legacy if he had caught that interception.
  • Tramon Williams is the man.
  • Davon House was burned and made some plays. I know fans love to hate on him, but he's got talent. Look for him to be much improved next year.
  • Ryan Pickett played one hell of a game.
  • Mike Daniels is a bad man.
  • Marshall Newhouse wasn't a disaster when he came in for the injured rookie.
  • I still love this team.
  • Go Pack Go.
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Pack Fan in FIB Land's picture

I am still proud of the Packers! Fought hard all game. Thanks Aaron for a great season of posts and insight. Go Pack Go!

The TKstinator's picture

Yes.

cLowNEY42's picture

"I am still proud of the Packers! Fought hard all game."

What is this, 5th grade t-ball?

chris's picture

+1
Winners win and losers lose

murphy's picture

I'm assuming that you're referencing the highest level of sports that you have personal playing experience in.

Did Mother Troll42 save your Participant ribbon?

Phatgzus's picture

Lol.

Barutan Seijin's picture

Weak.

Nerd's picture

They fought hard SOME of the game. The first three "three and outs," not so much.

Vrog's picture

Any chance of Packer Transplants this week? I really miss it

Wenis's picture

Putrid offense in the 1st quarter cost us the game. That and Jones usually makes those catches.

Defense was balling for the most part, no complaints.

Evan's picture

Hyde has to catch that int.

fish and crane's picture

it's 20 below...

Evan's picture

I saw guys catching balls all over the field. It was right in his hands.

calabasa's picture

...if he were 2 inches taller...

Evan's picture

It was right in his hands.

Brian's picture

+1

chris's picture

Let the excuses begin

jack in jersey city's picture

wenis is correct. defense did enough for us to win. our offense and head coach lost this game for us

Nerd's picture

I've been calling for Dom's head for awhile this season. But the fact is, when you call him and his unit out, THEY RESPOND.

I wish I could say the same about Mike and his guys.

Hank Scorpio's picture

I'm not sure how much was Capers' unit responding to being called out and how much was Mother Nature putting a restrictor plate on both offenses.

The latter part explains both the subpar performance of the offense along with the better than expected performance of the defense.

The telltale domination by Kaepernick on the ground along with the defense surrendering a 4th quarter lead and another tie tells me it was the same old defense that got a big helping hand from some nasty weather.

Sum ding wong's picture

Hey, you blame MM for that. The last five games his offense and its been an uninspiring offensice scheme, two runs and a pass two runs and a pass. Frisco looked at the tapes, they expected the typical game calling that MM does and got it. Of course they would look dominate knowing what the calls are going to be.
I felt all along, he should be head coach and get and O coordinator who knows what the hell he is doing. Other coaches call time outs when they see the clock ticking down. MM let it go down and it costs us position and a filed goal for dely of game.

Dennis eckersley's picture

Obligatory "we'll get them next year when we're healthy"

Morgan Mundane's picture

When will that be? I just hope they keep Bulaga out of family night game so he doesn't trip on the chalk and get hurt for the season.
I hope Perry takes 40 pounds off his ass so he can rush the WB without falling on his face.
and Datone J, did he even play?
Ted needs a talent evaluator. Perry, Worthy and Datone aren't winning this team any superbowls in the future.

fish and crane's picture

I've never been prouder of a team. This was a championship year that the cosmos took away...but as far as character..and grit...the 2013 team will be one of my favorites.

Next year.

mark's picture

"I’ve never been prouder of a team. This was a championship year that the cosmos took away…but as far as character..and grit…the 2013 team will be one of my favorites."

PERFECTLY SAID.

Clay's picture

+1

Nerd's picture

Character and grit is when you play well 100% of the time.

If you go up against a great opponent, play well and lose, that's character and grit.

When you go out there and shit yourself for 1 or more quarters, then try to rally back out of the hole you've made for yourself, that's failure.

When you go out and shit yourself into a hole week after week, year after year, that's not character. That's failure. Even when you pull yourself out of it more often than not.

A great coach once said, "You do things right ALL the time. You don't do the right things SOME of the time."

Cole's picture

Agreed.

ZeroTolerance's picture

Yes. Right on.

Worldstab's picture

I loved that we played a turnover-free game, but our initial offense was way too timid.

TommyG's picture

Any production at all in the first quarter would've won us this game.

Two many three and outs.

The D did all that they could, short of one INT; but that isn't what coast us this game.

The offense gets paid too.

What a great game with a heart breaking ending.

Man, we cannot beat these guys. Reminds me of the Giants. Crap, we can't beat them either!

It wasn't an ass kicking.

We look good for having 15 guys on IR, again.

I love our Packers.

I bleed Green More's picture

It reminds me of Dallas years ago.

WKUPackFan's picture

Dreadfully so.

JJB's picture

Very good game. Now let's fix the problems on this team. S and Dline have lingered long enough. Also one MLB

Hank Scorpio's picture

Safety has been a problem for years. Their best guy is average. Their other 3 guys are no good. I would love to see someone come in to get that positional group out of the category of "horrible liability"

On the front 7, I'd say the LBs are a FAR bigger liability than the DL. IMO, they have plenty of talent along the DL and not nearly enough at LB. They should really switch to a 4-3 this offseason.

Stroh's picture

No way... Keep the 34 and find one really good ILB. Look at the D when it had a healthy Bishop. Find one very good ILB and the D will be vastly improved. Maybe Lattimore could be that guy, but in the draft if they get CJ Mosley that solves ALOT of problems. Then get a safety in the 2nd or 3rd or hope Richardson develops into a reliable to very good Safety!

Hank Scorpio's picture

Finding a star ILB would probably solve their 3-4 issues, for the most part. But finding a star ILB has proved quite elusive for the Packers so far.

This team, as is, has enough talent to win using a 4-3 without finding a star anything. With Neal and Perry moved to their natural position with their hand in the dirt, they go 9 deep up front. Williams, Shields, House, Hyde, Burnett and Hayward make one heck of a dime unit. Another Safety would be nice but that goes for either system. Matthews can make plays and pile up tackles from the LB level. That can be a really good defense.

Sure some of those guys might be gone this offseason. But that hurts them no matter the defense they run.

Irish_Cheesehead's picture

Also one OLB. One bad ass OLB, Perry is average.

Nerd's picture

I have no idea why he couldn't have played on the right side today.

Did anyone else think that was odd?

jeremy's picture

Yep, I commented about that to the guy standing next to me. That said, Mulumba started out the game OK there.

Cole's picture

That's Capers being a foolish. Because he's a fool most of the time as we know.

jeremy's picture

I'll judge Perry after he has a full offseason training as an OLB. He really needs to learn how to tackle in space, he just looks silly sometimes.

tao li's picture

Love em too go pack go

paxbak's picture

Who didn't know San Fran was going to run out the clock and kick to win. We needed a TD inside the 10 - McCarthey screwed the pooch by removing lacy/starks - We should have run Starks up the middle instead of call that stupid time out - starks gets 5 -8 and puts a TD imminent. I hate it when McCarthey thinks he's smart - terrible series to lose the game - needed Hyde to make that INT - DAMN!! Ball went right through House's hands - DAMN!! I guess we pick 22? - won't watch another game until the Packer Scrimmage - hate football - love the PACK!! - Need someone who can run down that F-ing Kapernick - DAMN!!! Too many injuries to win next round anyway - wish we would have lost to Cowboys Bears now so we could have gotten decent draft pick - we only have a few more years with Rodgers - WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH THEM!!! DAMN!!!

Stroh's picture

I would have thrown 3 times from 1st and goal at the 9. That's just a REALLY difficult conversion, especially against a team like SF. I knew they would only get a FG there.

THEMichaelRose's picture

I'd like to say "next year when we're healthy it'll all be better" but I'll never make a statement like that again. Can never count on health.

Let some UFAs go. James Jones today was very disappointing. As young as this team is every year, need some young (and hungry) talent to come in and take some jobs. Need to do better in draft, I'm tired of counting on UDFAs in multiple key spots.

Nerd's picture

That's another thing that has cost this team over the long term.

1: Mike's "Polish Football" philosophy.

2: The training staff's incompetence.

Derek in CO's picture

First half offense, James jones, Micah Hyde dropped INT, and no containment on Colin kaepernick = we lose again. Shitty :(

fish and crane's picture

My only real criticism started out from joy. Last drive, first and goal on the ten... Packers go four wide with Starks...and SF has only five FIVE in the box! Finally. First time all year, I think to myself...Starks may just walk in!..... But wait...time out Green Bay....

paxbak's picture

Agree 100% - I was thinking the same thing. Also , in a close game, I feel it's almost better to burn a play than give up a 2nd half Time out. We could have had a full minute with the ball to tie with a FG if we had the extra TO. The D would have stepped up and stopped Gore knowing we would have a chance - instead they were an inch softer and gave up the 1st down.

I HATE TIME OUTS IN THE SECOND HALF OF A CLOSE GAME!!!! They are way too valuable - when will coaches realize this? Man, they should pay me to be a spotter in their ear. Can you believe Tomlin scored a TD to give the Pack a chance instead of run clock and kick? (Pitt game) How do they pay these people?

Tundraboy's picture

Yes Joy to ??????? MM blew it. Oh and the Bush play

paxbak's picture

Not sure Bush makes that play anyway - thank Kap would have still gotten loose

D B H's picture

I know we bring "exotic" blitzes all the time, but is Bush really the guy you choose to rely on for the most critical stop of the year?

Bugeater's picture

Yes. He's done it before. Jarrett Bush is a very good football player.

redlights's picture

I counted 49ers using 3 TO's in the game to get their act together. AR>CK big time.

cLowNEY42's picture

Except for the whole winning games against each other thing.

Stroh's picture

No one considers Aikman a greater QB than Favre either, but his teams beat the Packers and Favre like a drum for 3+ years before we finally beat them.

cLowNEY42's picture

I'll take Aikman & his rings over Favre and his records any day.

Stroh's picture

Just go away your F'in Troll!

Stroh's picture

Soon as they had 1st and goal at the 9 yd line I knew they were going to kick a FG. Its REALLY hard to score from the 9 yd line on 1st down, especially against a team like SF. Best shot to get a TD IMO was to pass 3 times. No way they were gonna run for a TD from the 9. That's a very difficult conversion.

Worldstab's picture

Tramon's interception and hit on Kaep and Rodgers' escape and pass to Cobb were 2 of my favorite plays this year. Despite the loss, some great memories from this game.

phillythedane's picture

Thank you, Packers. That was one entertaining season. Now I need to get a life.

Nerd's picture

Kaepernick went helmet to helmet on his tackle of Tramon. UNCALLED.

Idiot Fan's picture

Well, it was a fitting end to the season - with our top two defensive playmakers on the sideline, we needed a defensive stop and couldn't get it, and along the way there was a dropped INT, loss of contain on a critical third down, and rushing for a backbreaking first down.

But, the D at least kept us in it. I think the biggest problem was the offense's inability to rush against six-man fronts for the first two-thirds of the game.

4thand1's picture

The other team's D is good.

Idiot Fan's picture

They are very good. But if we can't rush against six-man fronts, then Rodgers is going to have a long day. I was actually surprised that Rodgers was as effective as he was in the passing game.

Also, we should tip our hats to the refs. I thought they did a decent job and let both teams play.

4thand1's picture

Great game. The better team won, but they were only 3 points better. This team has heart and WILL be back better than ever. Make the changes they have to. We've all been over it again and again.

gmanB's picture

I hate to throw blame at the refs but it's too bad that playoff football means not calling any penalties except during critical times...way to go nfl. I have to wonder if the 49ers and Seattle will meet in the NFC championship game?

Al's picture

This Packers team is really pretty pathetic. Aside from one guy we have nothing. I'm sick of relying on that one guy. Ted Thompson needs to slap himself and these players because were not a playoff team without Rodgers

packeraaron's picture

<em>This Packers team is really pretty pathetic</em>

You're pathetic. They lost by 3.

Tundraboy's picture

You should be ashamed for all the obvious reasons and.... They were anything but one guy today!

bogfan's picture

These last four games (regardless of outcome) resurrected what was otherwise a very disappointing season.

I think they deserve alot of credit just for getting this far.

I love my Green Bay Packers.

I bleed Green More's picture

I agree with what happened this year I was surprised we got this far, thanks for a year I never thought I would see, how many years have they at least made it to the playoffs. Only a few other teams can say that.

cLowNEY42's picture

I can't be happy with making the playoffs.

Not enough.

Irish_Cheesehead's picture

Which "one guy" are you talking about? Rodgers? Lacy? Cobb? Nelson? Lots of "one guys" on this team.

Norman's picture

House came soooooooooo close to blocking that last FG, still don't know how he missed it!

The TKstinator's picture

Rodgers is just 30. This team has a "window" for at least 5 more years. To think GB has to go all in on overpriced FA's would be foolish. Besides, how often do those big $ FA's really pan out anyway?

cLowNEY42's picture

SB - 15 - 11 - 8 .........

Going the wrong direction.

jack in jersey city's picture

the only reason for the 8 wins is that the best QB in football was out for 7 weeks. we would've won at least 11 games if rodgers was healthy

cLowNEY42's picture

"Look for him to be much improved next year"

Every year (after a quick playoff exit) we hear shit like this.
Wake me up when it finally fucking pans out.

2010 was a fluke.

Rodger's will retire w/ 1 ring.
Guess we just have to be happy with the one.

What a flawed team.

SOOOOOOOO happy this embarrassing disaster of a season is over.

Looking ahead - gotta try to keep the offense intact while we wait 3 years to re-do the talentless defense.

packeraaron's picture

<em>Wake me up when it finally fucking pans out.</em>

<em>Looks at Tramon's career</em>

<em>Wake me up when it finally fucking pans out.</em>

<em>Looks at Shields' career</em>

Ok!

You're the worst kind of fan Cow. But you know this.

cLowNEY42's picture

Just speaking in general.
Always having to rely on the improvement of young players (which never seems to happen).

Phatgzus's picture

Freedom of speech doesn't exist in the private sector; just sayin' every once in a while a farmer's gotta take a cow out back to the abattoir, for the betterment of society and what not. ;p

murphy's picture

He's not the worst kind of fan, he's just not a fan of the Packers, and never has been.

paxbak's picture

I thought we were going 6-10 - you have no credibility. With rodgers we would have been 12-4 with a bye. We beat your 6-10 without rodgers. I suppose it's 4-12 next year.

Ct Sharpe Cheddar's picture

3 Playoff wins on the road is not a fluke

cLowNEY42's picture

Sure looks like it when you realize that that same team is 1-3 in their last 4 HOME playoff games,

1 and 3.

wow.

Phatgzus's picture

And 4-0 away from home. Your point is?

Morgan Mundane's picture

This was a 7-9-1 team. I felt going into the season this team was 6-10 and missing the playoffs so they did better than I expected, but then I expected Deeeeeetroit to be a freekin dominant team, the Vikes to be competitive (not) and da bears to be below the pack.
In reality if the Vikes had a QB and the Lions a coach, we would have been out weeks ago. So its not what we did its what our competitors did not do. If they play up to expections next season, I think were in big trouble.

zeke's picture

So what you're saying is that before the season started you figured they would win one fewer game than they did with Aaron Rodgers missing half the year. He's only that tiny much better than Flynn, Tolzien, and Wallace. Congratulations, dumb fuck.

Irish_Cheesehead's picture

ha ha ha Take your head out of the oven. Wait... no just leave it in there.

Taylor's picture

Thanks cheesehead for another great year, really appreciate you guys.

My Sunday scaries are at an all-time high

4thand1's picture

Hope guys like cow stay away.

cLowNEY42's picture

blow me.

i'll change my tune when the Pack stops regressing.

jmac34's picture

honestly this team was better than last years team. Rodgers missing 7 games had everything to do with a worse record and as for losing in the wildcard to san fran. San Fran in 2013-14 &gt; Vikings 2012-13.

murphy's picture

Present.

Cole's picture

He'll go away when we stop replying because he's a fucking loser who has no reason to live. I'm vowing NOT REPLY TO COW NO MATTER WHAT HE POSTS IN HOPES THAT HE WILL GO AWAY. I URGE YOU TO DO THE SAME, EVEN WHEN HE EVENTUALLY BACK PEDALS AND TRIES TO SAY HE IS A FAN.

keeley2's picture

Hope guys like cow stay away.

Barutan Seijin's picture

What do you want? People posting "Agree", "Ditto", &amp; "Great moral victory"?

some guy's picture

good season all things considered.

Being so conservative offensively early in the game kills this team, and that's on the coaches.

you have the best QB in the game. use him. don't play scared. its cowardly and give the other team the upper hand

win or lose with your best. that's why GB is out of the playoffs. they have a below average coaching staff with a legendary qb. pass to set up the run, not the other way around. so, so stupid every game against the 9ers

this also applies to 1st and goal at the 9 in the 4th quarter. win or lose with your best. let 12 dictate the outcome

I don't like Capers, but i thought the D was solid today.

this was on MM. terrible early play calling

Nerd's picture

I call it "Polish Football."

Joao's picture

A couple thoughts:

- offense started bad, but biggest problem was play calling on 1st and goal series. No Lacy or Starks in any of the 3 plays?

- for better or worse, today's performance all but insures Capers is back.

- I'm really sad right now, but I love the Packers and this team in particular.

- As always, Go Pack Go

- five is still a couple?

Nerd's picture

Dom is welcome back, if he responds to criticism like he did today. His unit is the only reason this game was close.

They actually showed up. The offense could take a lesson from them.

Stroh's picture

Where was his D the rest of the season? Why did it take until now for them to play w/ heart and determination? If Capers D had shown up when Rodgers went down they probably go 4-4 or better. They have to play like that game EVERY week! SF D certainly does.

Nerd's picture

It would have been nice.

But the fact is, we did make the playoffs. Then again, we might have had a first week bye.

MadMan's picture

Just watched the replay of the final FG. Man House was so CLOSE to blocking that. Went rift through his outstretched arms. Symbol of the season I guess.

fish and crane's picture

don't tell me that........

zeke's picture

He was offsides. It wouldn't have mattered.

Barutan Seijin's picture

I thought so too, but i didn't see them throw a flag.

zeke's picture

They did.

Ruppert's picture

This team gave extraordinary effort today. I am very proud of them. I am very proud of this 2013 team in general. but particularly so today. We can complain about this specific coaching decision or that specific individual player's play all offseason.

All I can think right now is how a team that was clearly outclassed in talent level today thanks in large part to injuries hung in there and fought like crazy to make this an even game. That's what happened today.

Nerd's picture

The defense gave extraordinary effort today.

The offense did too, part of the time.

The TKstinator's picture

I disagree. Just because some plays don't succeed does not directly translate to lack of effort. That is simplistic and ignorant.

Nerd's picture

I call this team out for lack of effort, even if they win.

I don't think the offense was emotionally prepared for this game. I don't think they showed up in the first quarter.

The defense got beat on plays, but they played with heart.

I bleed Green More's picture

This team has had so many injuries and still stayed competitive this year.

Uncle Louie's picture

Good game, much closer than I thought it would be. Need to get some play-makers on D this off season. Can't continue to let QB's beat you with their legs. Fu@k, now I have to listen to Niner fans talk shit all week.
Come on Carolina shut them up please.
Did you see how close GB came to blocking that FG? Ball went right between rushers arms.....Dammit

cLowNEY42's picture

"Need to get some play-makers on D this off season. "

So the only chance this defense has of improving is if they draft some rookie difference makers.

Good luck with this.

This team is 3-5 years away from being a legit contender again... if they ever will be.

Barutan Seijin's picture

We've been hearing that since 2011.

keeley2's picture

Cow - why don't you go cheer for the Vikings. You'll fit right in. Personally, I'm sick of your fuckin' negative attitude. What a sad life you must lead.

Morgan Mundane's picture

I agree. I want to see this team improve but for sure it will take time to get the players we need because of all the deadwood. Just too many Houses, Burnetts and Bushs on this team. I know Datone played but did he or Worthy do a thing to justify their 1 and 2 picks? Perry fell flat on his face, no one near him, he just flat out fell down trying to get within 5 yards of Kaperdink. He looks totally out of shape and is slow.

Hank Scorpio's picture

I think they have plenty of talent on defense. It's just not used correctly.

Stroh's picture

Its too young and the scheme to complex for rookies. JSOnline article discusses this exact situation.

"Dom Capers' recipe for defensive success gets tweaked "

From last week Friday. Read it... It explains a lot! In fact EVERYONE should read it!

Nerd's picture

Dom's unit isn't the group that went three and out repeatedly throughout the first Q of the game.

Idiot Fan's picture

The offense took the lead or tied it up three times, and the defense gave up points and the lead on the following drive every time.

Stroh's picture

That has nothing to do with the fact the scheme needs experienced players and the Packers are a young team on D. Seriously READ the article! You'll learn something for a change!

Nerd's picture

The defense played their hearts out today.

I have a much bigger problem with the offense.

Stroh's picture

Why didn't they play their hearts out EVERY week? SF plays like that every week on Defense... That's how Defense NEEDS to be played! Not just for a playoff game.

Hank Scorpio's picture

Stroh,

I just read that article in J/S online. I want Capers gone even more now. I don't think you can waste years on a guy's career by making them apprentice in the defense for a year or more. Especially not years when they might be both productive and cheap. By requiring a more veteran unit, he is putting undue pressure on the cap. That's not a long-term winning formula. You'll have periodic cap purge/rebuilds. Like we've seen from the Steelers.

Really, that speaks to the underlying adaptability of the coaches to use their talent effectively. Or in this case, the lack thereof. That's where Capers lost me this year. They had a good group of corners and good depth along the line. That ought to translate to better than 25th ranked defense.

jack in jersey city's picture

great article! it sounds like the type of players that capers needs to run this defense(experienced veterans) and the type of players that ted values and signs to the team (young, inexperienced players) are at odds with one another. it's basically saying that ted isn't giving dom the tools to be successful. how will this defense ever improve?

al's picture

I still think packers still good team but injuryies killed them again this year lets work on getting healthy next year is a must with all the starters comeing back for the whole season run games set now just fix defence and pack will be back and I still like don capers the offence needs to covert more in all 4 quarters looking for good draft pics to fill the holes 5 months cant wait lol :)

jack in jersey city's picture

the story of this season is the injuries starting with the injury to #12. hopefully that shit ends now!

cLowNEY42's picture

Who goes down in the preseason? My $'s on Matthews.
My second choice would be Nelson or Cobb blowing out a knee.

An impact payer will be lost for the season.

Just wondering who it'll be.

calabasa's picture

My money's on your Mom going down first. She always does.

The TKstinator's picture

I have no problem with demanding a lot from the team.

But this is just crap.

Morgan Mundane's picture

Your way wrong. Its Beluga taking out his knee on family night and missing the entire season. and of course we draft a 4th round O linemen as a just in case?

sum ding wong's picture

So sori but we said dat last too yuesrs. maybee time to draft players not prone to injury.

4thand1's picture

we todd did

trvs's picture

Hyde could have solidified some 2010 Tramon glory with that potential INT. The game should have not come down to that one play, but damn.

The defense actually kept us in the game. A rather big suprise considering the injuries and the previous game examples. The outcome probably should have been way worse.

The 49ers are a legit team with a lot of shit grins on offense(Kap and Crabtree), a baby of a head coach, and a defense with a handful of playmakers. A really solid team.

Get healthy, draft well, and keep 12 upright. Go pack go in 2014-15!

Paul Ott Carruth's picture

Capers called a great game. The players he had available didn't execute consistently. Morgan Burnett played the technique correctly as it was 2 Man coverage and he needed to apex, which he did. However you can clearly see he has no range. Most NFL safeties could have made that play. He his a below average safety. Ted overpaid.

Mike McCarthy really struggles to attack 2 and 2 Man. He still hasn't figured it out. He is very poor at personnel utilization. I like the use of Cobb in the backfield but not with 1st &amp; Goal from the 8. McCarthy consistently gets outcoached by Greg Roman. Roman utilizes his personnel with heavy sets and standard personnel effectively. McCarthy contributed to this loss in a big way.

jack in jersey city's picture

right on POC. i agree that a lot of this loss falls squarely on the shoulders of MM although i like him and think he did a great job of keeping this team together througoht all of the adversity this season

cLowNEY42's picture

MM has the support of the team... they play hard for him.

But he sure doesn't seem to out coach anyone in big games.

WKUPackFan's picture

I agree that MM has the team's support, he's really good at keeping the ship sailing through adversity. In my opinion play calling is to involved for the average person to criticize. Strategy decisions, that's another matter.

How can you not use the last timeout to preserve 19 seconds in the 1st half? That would have allowed a chance for a TD! Instead the time and the timeout were absolutely wasted.

Morgan Mundane's picture

Hey if your defense sucked as bad as the Packers you would call a shit load of running plays too so the D stays on the sidelines. That is his strategy: two runs and a pass, two runs and a pass. Its MM's mental ball control game.

Anderson's picture

Agree...

Phatgzus's picture

Greg Roman does not battle MM-Vic Fangio does.

Derek in CO's picture

POC simply stated MM isn't as good a play caller and utilizer of personnel groups, something I agree with 100%. Scoreboard

Stroh's picture

Since they have the GREAT Rodgers at QB, they run no huddle most of the time to take advantage of his ability to get the Packers into favorable calls each play. So personnel groups aren't utilized since it then allows the D to change players to. They get the D in the defense they can exploit and let Rodgers run the offense. Its also why its pretty ridiculous to say McCarthy is calling poor plays. Most of them are plays that Rodgers is putting them it. He gets an initial play call from the sideline, but it has as many as 3 or 4 tagged plays associated w/ the call. Rodgers is supposed to pick one that will work. He can also completely audible to a different play if the one called doesn't have a chance to work.

cLowNEY42's picture

Then scrap the no-huddle and the Rodgers calling plays thing.

Stroh's picture

Well its what puts the ball and decisions in the hands of a great QB! Don't you WANT the ball and decisions in Rodgers hands more?

Phatgzus's picture

Nah he said Roman outcoached him, that's not possible as they don't call plays vs. each other, that's my point.

The TKstinator's picture

How would YOU explain the dropoff in our run defense after the first 7 weeks?

crackerpacker's picture

Jolly was never 100% fit after week 7

Idiot Fan's picture

Wait wait wait, if MM was the one who had to blow, what, three timeouts to avoid delay of game penalties, people would be screaming about how he can't manage a game, but since it's the genius Harbaugh, it's ignored. You can't say that either coach in a 23-20 game that's decided on a last second field goal got vastly outcoached.

The 49ers put 6 men in the box and dared us to run, and for 2/3rds of the game we couldn't. That's the players.

Nerd's picture

When have Mike's teams ever showed up for a full 60? The defense did today.

But the offense sure did not.

The TKstinator's picture

It's NFL football. Not every play is a touchdown.

Idiot Fan's picture

Every play is a touchdown and every year is a SuperBowl win or else FIRE EVERYBODY.

Nerd's picture

This offense did not show up ready to play today.

The D got beat and gave up some embarrassing plays. But they were out there at least playing with heart, even in defeat.

I can't say that about the O.

Nerd's picture

He's been costing us consistently for years, but since we usually win anyway, everyone thinks it's ok.

cLowNEY42's picture

Somehow I think Rodgers would not be all that upset if MM were to disappear.

Stroh's picture

Your F'in IGNORANT! Not too mention a Troll.

keeley2's picture

Somehow you think? I doubt it.

Phatgzus's picture

I could not agree more with every single point, Mr. Nagler.

Worldstab's picture

IMO, defensive effort today saved Capers' job (unfortunately).

paxbak's picture

Do you guys realize Kapernick usually runs for about 25 per game.... until he plays us. Today was his biggest running day since he ran for 181 against us last year. Why is this? What do other teams have that we don't have? Shouldn't that point out a GLARING weakness somewhere? I'm not a GM, but every other team has a way to stop him from running except us. Draft that guy 1st - sign him to a FA contract. ANYTHING so that we stop that M-F-er.

Hank Scorpio's picture

The Packers don't have the speed at LB to deal with Kaepernick's running. Had it been warmer, he might have gone for more than 181 today.

They need to get their LB group fixed up this offseason. You cannot play a 3-4 defense and have the LBs be your weakest positional group.

Or better still, scrap the 3-4 and go to a 4-3 this offseason

cLowNEY42's picture

Mulumba/Perry - Jones - Hawk - Neal

Piss - fucking - poor linebackers.

jay's picture

Have the 49ers down to 3rd string linebackers and see how they do.

cLowNEY42's picture

Huh?

Perry, Jones, and Hawk played all game.
They were down 1 starting OLB.

Idiot Fan's picture

Clay was out, then Neal got hurt, then Mulumba got hurt. That counts as more than one starting OLB.

Hank Scorpio's picture

The 49ers have good LBs so it would be a huge issue for them to be down to their 3rd string.

Outside of Matthews, there is not much to separate the Packers 1st string from their 3rd string. Perry, Neal, Mulumba, Palmer and even Datone Jones played OLB this season. I don't see much difference between any of them. Same with Hawk, Francios, Jones and Lattimore inside.

Al Katraz's picture

How about we condition our first stringers to make it to the end of the season and see how we do?

paxbak's picture

His two biggest rushing days are against the Packers in the playoffs. It is totally out of his character for him to run like this.

Phatgzus's picture

You can thank Mulumba and Walden for that.

Nerd's picture

An already depleted D lost two starters on the first drive. Including our fastest player.

But they showed up. They didn't have to get down by two scores before they started "trying hard."

Unlike the offense.

Al Katraz's picture

Gee now why would I be surprised at a guy who lived and played near GB, got drafted by another team, has an axe to grind with the Packers and not wanting to run. I am shocked he didn't run more. But his eyes were on whomever House was covering. It was so easy, no reason to run.

Tundraboy's picture

Does make you wonder. My guess is that we have noone outside of Shields that is fast enough to cut him off or anyone to put the fear of getting hit hard. Maybe Clay. No safeties really and we need some LB talent. Let's hope that is as obvious to the brain trust as it is to all of the rest of us. (Well almost all of us and we ALL know who that is).

Have a great offseason true Packer fans!!! Go Pack and we will be back!

jack in jersey city's picture

nagler is right on! i said the same thing on the live blog. THE OFFENSE LOST THE GAME FOR US TODAY! if you would've told me that our defense would've held the 49ers to only 23 points, i would've told you that we would've won. now, there were some costly mistakes on defense (micah hyde not coming up with the INT, jared bush blowing coverage on kaepernick while he ran for a huge 1st down, etc...) but you can't blame capers for that!

now, i'm not saying that capers shouldn't be fired- i have no idea if he should or shouldn't. i'm not in the meeting rooms everyday and i don't know what's going on internally in the packers' organization. but be careful what you wish for because the packers could bring someone in who's worse than him as a defensive coordinator.

i'm not really a play call criticizer and i think MM is a very good coach but some of his play calls killed us today as well as the time out mismanagement at the end of the 1st half. we were running down their throats in the 4th quarter and MM starts getting cute in the redzone instead of running a combination of lacy and starks up their asses. i'm not sure why this happens but it seems to be happening more and more lately.

i'm proud of this team overall. they weathered the storm of injuries this year and played a VERY competitive game in the playoffs but in the end, the injuries buried us this year. let's get healthy, have a great draft, and kick some ass next year.

2014 is our year!

Al Katraz's picture

Good points Jack. If they did get rid of Capers and I don't think they will, whomever we get has to work with what we have as players so that person is strapped from day one.
Its easy to stay the course than bring in a guy who is going to want to make a lot of personell changes at that costs money. Hence, I see Dom staying.

jack in jersey city's picture

i see him staying too but i have a feeling that, if he were to go, they would promote someone from within the organization to run the same style of defense

Cole's picture

Damn this a brutal loss. We were so close. McCarthy should've called a TO before the 2 minute warning. MM lost us the game once again. He's so flawed it enraged me. I'm proud of how tough the team played though considering the injuries. If we had Harbaugh or Payton we would have won a second super bowl by now.

Hank Scorpio's picture

You're proud of how tough they were but think McCarthy is "flawed"? Seems a little contradictory to me. The HC is the one that sets the tone for the team. Surely he gets credit for keeping the team fighting despite all the injuries, doesn't he?

Barutan Seijin's picture

Obviously he's good at some things. He's a little like Dusty Baker in baseball. Good over the course of the season, but not the guy you want calling plays when the everything's on the line.

Derek in CO's picture

+1

Hank Scorpio's picture

I have no problems with the way McCarthy calls plays or manages game situations. It's not always perfect but there are professionals lining up on the other side, too. Today, the conditions were brutal and not much help to either offense.

McCarthy's biggest flaw is his loyalty to assistants. How long do we have to see bad play from Safety, ILB and OLB before Darren Perry, Winston Moss and Kevin Greene get sent packing? How many years of coverage breakdowns before he gets a guy that can coordinate his players properly on defense?

Al Katraz's picture

Problem is he is looking at the play card when he should have noticed the clock winding down. That delay of game costs us position, and a possible field goal.
His clock management is horrid because he is trying to do to much, wearing too many hats.

Hank Scorpio's picture

Brilliance in gameday management has never been very high on my list of things a HC needs to do well in order to be successful.

Preparing a team to play before gameday is a far bigger deal. That starts with the offseason program and extends through TC. Then, week to week in preparing for specific opponents. I think McCarthy does that very well, for the most part. So I can overlook the occasional hiccup with a time out here or a bad play call there.

Idiot Fan's picture

So the three times that happened to the 49ers, that makes Harbaugh a bad game day coach?

Nerd's picture

Another YEAR of Kaepernick highlights and people talking about how he "ran wild" on us.

Thanks Mike!

Hank Scorpio's picture

McCarthy is the guy responsible for hiring Capers. But Capers is the one responsible for stopping Kaepernick from running wild.

jyros's picture

Congratulations to Packers' players for stepping up and playing w/ some toughness not seen for some time.

There were a couple times though that McCarthey opted for delay
when Pack gained momentum. That seemed to go against his 'maintain tempo' mantra.

Stroh's picture

That's one of my big gripes w/ Capers. Why did the D take till the playoffs to play w/ that sense of urgency? It was and should be an every week occurrence. It is for SF... I doubt Capers is going anywhere but I want to see the D play like that all freakin year! That's how Defense NEEDS to be played!

Nerd's picture

This is true, but at least they finally DID show up in the playoffs.

I wish the offense would do that once in awhile.

zeke's picture

I don't know that it's a matter of playing with a sense of urgency as much as it is playing with talent. I don't think anyone (save the usual trolls) would argue that Clay doesn't play with a sense of urgency when he's on the field. Is that because Dom reaches him but not the others? Or is it that the other players aren't as talented? If Capers were the DC for the 49ers my guess is that they'd play as well or better than they do now, but that has more to do with Navarro Bowman, Aldon Smith, etc., being on the roster than it does with the fact that the DC motivates them to play harder. But, it's just a guess...

drealyn williams's picture

If our defense wasn't so beat up -- SF only scores twice,maybe? If our offense doesn't start so damn slow in the 1st quarter -- is the game an easy win for the Pack? TT found a ball player in Daniel. Nick Perry should be an exclusive pass rusher. I know we're only human,but phawwwwk! Why does the Pack seem to ALWAYS lose more than a few key players to injury? James Jones took a season off? I'm so anxious to see our backfield next season (Lacy/Starks/Franklin). We need someone else calling/CREATING plays. Can someone recall a play that made you go,"hmm,that was creative." or,"I've never seen that 1. Good play." Our O-Line is not as bad as some people say. Rodgers hates throwing the ball away and he has a strong dislike for checkdowns. All this team needs (roster wise) is a Safety,athletic MLB and 3-down DT/NT. I love this team.

gmanB's picture

If if if.......

Phatgzus's picture

James Jones had a career-high in receiving yards; he did take this game off though.

mark's picture

Going to be one of the more interesting offseasons in quite some time. A lot of contracts on the table. Hopefully Shields is ok. I'm not in the clean house camp, but I also think it's time to make some moves, including (#1 on my list) a do-whatever-you-gotta-do trade up to get CJ Mosley. This D needs a new mojo and CJ is the guy, I think.

paxbak's picture

Too many busts in the draft to give picks away by trading. Let the draft come to you without trading away picks. Last time we traded up we got the bust of all busts Jamal Reynolds (a lock at the time). You just never know - Sherman screwed up by trading away picks for busts.

Evan's picture

We traded up for Matthews...

Phatgzus's picture

Damn straight.

Tom's picture

Does anyone really feel that even if GB had scored to go up by 4 that our defense would have kept SF out of the end zone? That last drive was whatever they needed it to be.

mark's picture

please stop saying micah hyde should've had that INT. c'mon people. that was a miracle play if it happened, hardly routine. this team gave everything.

4thand1's picture

Would've been a tough catch yes, but those are the kinds of plays that win championships.

Lucky953's picture

No, James Jones is paid to make those catches. If he does it's 1st and goal at the five instead of punting. CBs generally don't have "receivers" hands.

Evan's picture

He read and saw the play the whole way and had both hands on the ball...he has to catch that.

In his own words: "As close as you thought I was. You saw it, too. Just a drop."

Derek in CO's picture

He jumped and it hit both hands, should have been a catch. This isn't high school

Evan's picture

No shit.

And to be clear, I'm not blaming Hyde for the loss or anything like that. But that's a play you just have to make.

Stroh's picture

If you wont I will. He cost the game by not making that play.

redlights's picture

DB's are WR's who can't catch.

But still it would have been nice.

Phatgzus's picture

Not Sam Shields or Charles Woodson, or Tramon today.

Morgan Mundane's picture

That's the problem with 5'10 dbacks, they have to jump in the air all the time and be off balance. But they come cheap.
No seriously, our dbacks look so much smaller in stature than a lot of other teams.

Stroh's picture

He's a paid professional and he got his hands on the ball. Simply put that's a play he simply MUST make to win the game. He didn't... IMO he basically cost the game. I know a lot of previous plays, blah blah blah... But those didn't matter. He had the winning play in his hands and didn't make it. It those kinda plays that allow SF and other teams to win.

4thand1's picture

When Hyde dropped the int, I knew the magic had ended. That would have been the dagger. SF only had 1 time out left. Craziest season ever. Can this team stay healthy?

drealyn williams's picture

When completely healthy,this team is virtually unbeatable. 15-1 season...

Stroh's picture

I agree... Soon as he dropped it I said that it. SF is gonna score either a TD on a big play or kick a FG at the end. Its a play Hyde simply must make!

Dennis eckersley's picture

THE BEARS STILL SUCK

Ruppert's picture

Comment of the day!

Stroh's picture

That is soo last week!

gmanB's picture

some of you guys sound like the Chicago Cub fans...."next year is gonna be awesome" "next year we're gonna be healthier" "next year, watch out for this offense" "next year MM will call a better game" "next year the defense will be better".....etc

wake up. winning is harder than wishful thinking!

Barutan Seijin's picture

There's also the time-worn Cub fan classic:

"Wait til $PROSPECT comes up"...

Bear fans are a little more realistic than Cub fans, probably because about 1/2 of them are Sox fans.

murphy's picture

Each year 31 teams have fans who have to hope for next year...

Keep on trolling.

goose11's picture

Ok. I'll be a troll...way to go professional football team, I'm so so so proud of how you'd played this season! you really inspired me and my family. you overcame so many things. i'm so glad that i was able to watch you try your hardest! thank you for the memories GB Packers 2013! Now; that is trolling!

gmanB's picture

You're an idiot if you think that is trolling!

How about his for trolling: "way to go packer for giving me a reason to live" "you really inspired me and my family to overcome so many obsticales this past year" "you're not expected to win if you try your hardest" "the packers really surprised me and my kin with great moxy!" "wow, i'm so happy that at least it was the niners who beat that pack and not the bears!" .......

That is f'in trolling! You guys that think next year is gonna be great are insulating to sports fans everywhere. It is so hard to win championships but you guys think that this year was a re-building year....year....after....year...after...year. It f'in stinks that the Packers got beat today. I'm pissed. I wish they would be playing next weekend. I think they could beat the Panthers! It sucks to go home.

Next year can kiss my ass!

Phatgzus's picture

Yeah it sucks, but there ain't shit you can do about it, so learn to deal like a real human.

And mutha fuck yo insulation.

jack in jersey city's picture

yep, this was a tough loss for sure especially after going through the dramatic rollercoaster of a season that we just had.

you had the backup QB fiasco as the season started. rodgers going down as well as cobb, matthews, and finley (and a shitload of other key players). the signing of matt flynn during the season. the devastating loss in detroit on thanksgiving. flynn bringing the team back in the 2nd half of the cowboys game. rodgers and cobb coming back last week to miraculously beat the bares and send the team into the postseason.

and then the game today where we were ONE play away from beating the team that kicked our asses badly in the playoffs last year.

it's definitely frustrating to come this close to the big dance after what we've been through this year. the other thing that is sickening is that the saints won yesterday which would've put us in carolina next week instead of seattle.

it definitely looked like things were lining up pretty well for us. the story would've been unbelieveable if we would've gotten to the superbowl but it was not to be: this year........ ;)

Ruppert's picture

Dear CHTV: Thanks for another great year with excellent writers. I don't follow any other teams' bloggers, but I have to think this is one of the better blogs in the entire league.

Nags, it entertains the crap out of me, the more you respond personally to comments. I would love to see you be a Ninja with more one-time responses to ridiculous posts. I know there are only so many hours in the day, but you kill me when you get in the right mood.

And how much, exactly, would if cost in site maintenance (donations) to add a Thumbs up/down feature where a stupid post is hidden with enough Thumbs down? You might want to just put that number out there at some point for public consumption...

Just sayin...

Idiot Fan's picture

Also, I don't know if there's anything to be done, but the comments section here is trending heavily in a JSOnline direction. It's a shame; it didn't used to be that way. I find myself coming here less and less.

4thand1's picture

Constructive criticism is good, but it crosses the line to often.

Nevet73's picture

House got away with a lot of questionable stuff early on and it came back to haunt us later.

Every play he had was an obvious Hold or PI, and we were extremely fortunate in the first quarter (and first half) that he didn't get caught.

I was not a fan of the Cobb-in-the-backfield play, and the Niners didn't fall for it.

Brian's picture

I wish some of the passes to Jones had been to Boykin. He has shown a lot. Can't wait til the draft!!

Idgafkurt's picture

Resign Shields and EDS. Let Raji and Jones walk. Draft all D. Get healthy. Get bye and make a run...see u next season...

4thand1's picture

I like Jones but he looked like a few years ago. He had two huge chances to make a big play and didn't come down with the ball. I think he'll join Jennings in MN.

gmanB's picture

say it ain't so... watch MN draft a QB and have two, three or four players to get the ball to.

Rodgers is lucky to have Nelson, Cobb and Jones. They need to keep some players that actually remember winning a SB. Keep Jones as a veteran leader.

4thand1's picture

He also had a drop on 3rd down against the Bears. Could have cost that game. Rodgers got the 4th down con.

Irish_Cheesehead's picture

I thought they played a heck of a game with all the injuries. Time to heal up for 2014. Hope to see a hard hitting safety and some playmaking LBs. In the draft. Gotta remember - it's just a game!

4thand1's picture

+1

Uncle Louie's picture

Time for Packer Players to begin an off season training program with daily stretching and flexibility exercises. They need to start tonight, stretch those Hammies......oh and by all means pump some iron too!

Edward's picture

I'm excited to have Bulaga back at RT. Sure would like to see them get a little bigger and nastier at C. EDS is a bit under-sized.

But yeah, S/LB are big needs. Hope TT brings in some help at those positions.

calabasa's picture

Bulaga is the LT, remember...put Bahk over at RT, or let them fight it out. See what Tretter has at C, add Lang and Sitton...we got us a kick-ass OL for Lacy and Starks to work with!

Bearmeat's picture

This.. sucks.. SO close... time for Teddy to find a safety and make his money. Hope we stay healthy next year and find some good safeties.

keeley2's picture

Aaron - new feature for the site - the ability for the masses to block certain UserID's comments - let's start with Cow42.

4thand1's picture

Just ignore the prick and don't respond to his BS. He won't able to handle it. Black ball him by not responding. He'll have to get his negative attention somewhere else. Of course he'll post as someone else.

Erich's picture

The first rule of dealing with trolls is DO NOT FEED THE TROLL.

PackersRS's picture

There's this special feature in-built on almost every human being called "changeable sight focus".

mountainfolk's picture

From Montana,
I thank ALL of you. Been tuned in all year, and those prior, and will be next.
The analyses by your writers and the comments by the fans are always instructive and astute (except when you get to in-fighting!)
From a former Door County-ite, be well, and all have a good year.

The Pack WILL be back

Albert Lingerfeld's picture

The Pack gave the 9ers all they could handle. It was not route and could have been ours, it was close.
I see a need for improvement to be competitive next year. The Lions, Vikes and da Bears really have solid teams and young talent and I don't see them rolling over dead like this year.
There are some unskilled players playing skill positions and that has to improve.

OregonPacker's picture

Can anyone explain why we did what we did on the nine yard line and first and goal? Where were Lacey and Starks? MM's play calling has me perplexed. Great year for a Great Team with all the injuries we had. Go Pack !

Hank Scorpio's picture

Running the ball in from the 9 is hard, even against a bad run defense. SF has a very good run defense.

I guess I would have preferred one of the two backs on the field to give the threat of run but I have no issues with putting the ball in Rodgers' hands there for 3 shots into the end zone.

Scott's picture

So running the ball with the much smaller Cobb in closed space of the red zone is better than Lacy or Starks?

steven's picture

Round one mlb kinda obvious with our lack of run d. Hopefully a thumper. Round 2 a safety we need someone to see if burnett can actually live up to expectations if he has a partner. Round 3 tight end. Even though quarless is gettibg better we need depth round 4 wide reciever: james jones leaving again depth. 5 th d line. 6 olb 7 qb.... of course i would be happy with stephen tulloch in the first. Or c.j. mosley

Point Packer's picture

Our offense is just fine, especially after Bulaga comes back. Maybe draft a TE or an O-lineman, but that is it. Yes, today it had some troubles but is was more on MM's crap play calling than talent. As it has been all year. Love that 3rd and 3 draw to Kuhn on the first drive. Great call. Never saw that coming. That play has a history of success....

Draft as many defenders as you can next season. Safety, D-line and LB are all positions of MAJOR need. We need an interior line-man who can rush the pusher. A LB that can adequately fill gaps and hold contain. And most importantly, a safety we could label as simply, "competent". We are fine at corner, if we resign Shields.

Draft Defense. Fill a gap or two on offense.

jack in jersey city's picture

i think they might have to draft higher at D-line if raji, jolly and pickett are done. they don't have any other big fellas!

Point Packer's picture

I don't disagree. Unfortunately, TT'd history of drafting D-lineman is pretty rough/bad.

madmanJack's picture

the hageman guy from minnesota is the guy on my wish list. 6'6" 307....good start for rebuilding the DL!

madmanJack's picture

wonder what it would take to sign Jared Allen...can you imagine him and Mathews on the left side.....drop BJ and sign Allen, Ted. he wants a ring ....BAD!!

Stroh's picture

You seriously don't know squat about football do you madman?

Bert's picture

I just hope we go BPA regardless. The last time TT drafted for need was Y2012 and that draft was a dud. We just need better players at most positions and if a potential Pro Bowler is there at #21 it won't hurt regardless of position. We have immediate needs at LB, S and OL and the draft just isn't going to fill those needs for Y2014.

TommyG's picture

I would say that the book is still open on a couple of these guys. But looking back, most of the 2012 picks are not looking very good.

Hank Scorpio's picture

If we're talking draft priorities, I think a new DC is way high up on the list. They have more defensive talent than a 25th ranked defense should have.

TommyG's picture

Due to injuries we spent most of the season with one good lineback and two decent corners. The rest of that crew has been drug through the coals over and over again this season. What talent do you refer to?

Bibbon Hazel's picture

Newhouse wasnt a disaster because Smith was gassed. Thanks God Smith was gassed.

TommyG's picture

Smith running on fumes is testament to how well Bahk worked against him, again.

Jameson's picture

For all the whining I've done, I have to say at the end of the day with our team of the walking dead we stayed competitive right up until the last play.

We made them work for it and while we came up short no one quit trying. Yes there are players that just aren't cutting it. Yes there are several weak links. Yes there areas that have to be improved upon. But despite our patchwork quilt team, we kept pace the whole game with their healthy team. There are no moral victories in sports, but I'm proud of what we were able to do despite some really big adversities.

That's why I'm a Packer fan. The loss hurts but green and gold till I'm dead and cold. I bitch because I love! I just want them to win!

Go Pack Go.

jack in jersey city's picture

i feel the same way. very few people thought we had a chance after rodgers went down, especially after the thanksgiving day game. it's amazing that we even made the playoffs after being snakebitten with all of the injuries this season (big thanks to the lions and bares for sucking!). in the end, either team could've won this game yesterday, but the 49ers made one or 2 more crucial plays than we did.

i feel pretty hopeful overall. we have A LOT of youth on this team meaning that many of those defensive players who were drafted a couple of years ago should start making the jump to the next level.

i think the offense is in really good shape especially with the emergence of eddie lacy. he just adds a whole other dimension to this team. mccarthy and rodgers need to figure out why the offense wasn't more productive in the red zone. that was a little troubling to see!

2014 superbowl or bust! GO PACK GO!

Rafael's picture

Sorry Jack, but i couldn't disagree with you more. For the record, I'm a die-hard Packers fan, i'm still extremely pissed and hurting over that game, but from what i saw, we could play that game an extra possession, an extra 60 minutes, an extra day, and it could've been played in London, here in Brazil or wherever, and we still would've lost. Fact is, considering injuries and all, we played the best game we could, while they played a rather average game. They are much better than they showed. I do think the weather was a factor, and they still looked way better than us. Game is won in the trenches. Rodgers was running for his life against 4, sometimes 3 guys rushing. That is just embarrassing. How can he find someone open, just do the maths. 7 or 8 guys covering 3 or 4 (many times we had help from the RB, FB and TE on pass protection). There was no way to beat them. When Lacy got the ball, their LBs were able to adjust fast, even the safeties were all over him (compare their secondary tackling with ours). Kaep is not that good as he looks when he plays against our soft D. Only times when we see him under duress is when we send 7 guys, sometimes 8 rushing. Again, do the maths, kinda easy to find an open man. Their O and D line own ours. I don't see us beating them until we can rush and avoid rush in a decent manner. We don't need to out-muscle them, but we need to be at least close, since we have a better receiving corp, lot better QB and even better RB now.
Don't see a SB next year, unless we keep all the guys healthy. With Hayward, Jolly, Mathews, keeping at least Pickett in (let Radji go) we have a chance, but without a well-rounded FS and MLB, we can't stand a chance against the powerhouses in the NFC.

jack in jersey city's picture

we win the game if micah hyde intercepts that pass from kaepernick. that one play would've changed the game.

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"The Bears still suck!"
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall. "