Watching the game again last night, I found myself in complete agreement with Gregg Rosenthal over at Pro Football Talk:
The first Giants-Packers game didn’t look like a mismatch. It looked like two evenly matched teams going at it. On that day, Rodgers was simply the best player on the field. Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson may have been the next best, but top-to-bottom it was a very evenly played game.
The Packers’ stars didn’t step up in the big moments Sunday. The Giants’ stars did.
I could not agree with this more.
One look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly tells you all you need to know. When role-players like Donald Driver and Desmond Bishop are your best performers, and not ONE of your star players - be it Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews or Greg Jennings - plays up to his potential, your team will lose 99 times out of 100.
In addition to the sub-standard play from their stars, the Packers lost as many fumbles yesterday as they had all season. Mix those two elements together, and the Packers had no chance.
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