"Chips Report" from Packers NFC Championship Loss at Seahawks

Special teams blunders cost the Packers an opportunity to go to the Super Bowl in a 28-22 loss to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chips (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chips (good, although maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Green Bay Packers' 28-22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game ...

 

Blue Chips

  • Kicker Mason Crosby—You couldn't ask for anything more from Crosby. He connected on all five field goals and his lone extra point, three of them from more than 40 yards in swirling winds and rainy conditions. His last from 48 yards out sent the Packers to overtime and kept their Super Bowl hopes alive. For a kicker not necessarily known for his length on kickoffs, Crosby was equally impressive with four touchbacks, one more drive starting short of the 20 and others not far beyond.
  • Cornerback Sam Shields—Shields showed why the Packers gave him a big contract before the season, shutting down Seahawks receivers. His red zone interception on a pass from Russell Wilson intended for Jermaine Kearse in the end zone was his fifth postseason interception in his last eight games. No matter who he was covering, Seahawks wide receivers did little damage, and good coverage on the back end was the reason for a multiple Packers coverage sacks.

 

Red Chips

  • Safety Morgan Burnett—Burnett was the beneficiary of being in the right place at the right time on several of his big plays on Sunday, but there's something to be said for putting himself in a position to succeed. The veteran Packers safety and playoff captain finished plays in the NFC Championship game, coming up with a team-leading 10 tackles, three for a loss, two sacks an interception and a fumble recovery, even if his interception was a gift-wrapped tipped ball and his sacks were of the coverage variety.
  • Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix—The only thing keeping Clinton-Dix from the "blue chip" category was his inexplicable failure to break up the fourth quarter two-point conversion pass to Luke Wilson that he was seemingly in position to defend. Regardless, one play did not entirely diminish what otherwise was probably the best game of his young career. Clinton-Dix intercepted two passes, nearly grabbed another on a break up and made five tackles, including a diving stop to trip up Marshawn Lynch for a short gain in the first quarter. 

 

Cow Chips

  • Tight end Brandon Bostick—This space has never been a place to single out coaches, good or bad, so feel free to hand out your own chips in the comments section. I can read your mind on who you want to see here. Regardless, Bostick was the obvious goat, failing to catch the fourth quarter onside kick that would have clinched the game and a spot in the Super Bowl for the Packers, going right through his hands and clanking off his helmet. It unfortunately punctuated a disappointing season from the Packers tight end, who made minimal impact in 2014. 
  • Linebacker A.J. Hawk—The other special teams blunder came when Hawk chose to abandon his coverage responsibility on the Seahawks fake field goal attempt, choosing to come up to meet former Packer Jon Ryan as he rolled out of the pocket. Had the Hawk stayed with his man, it may have prevented a touchdown. The longtime linebacker was also unsucessful at making an impact on defense, particularly when he had to play some extra snaps down the stretch when Clay Matthews went out with an injury.

 

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Norm's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:35 pm

Wow, about the hardest way to lose a game that I can think of. Super Bowl on the line, about a dozen things that any one of which could have changed the result: any one of the early FG’s being TD’s, stop the fake FG, recover the onside kick, stop the 2 point conversion... This one really, really hurts. So, let’s have a contest: what could have happened to make this even MORE painful?

My nomination: Crosby FG ties it but because they took the last timeout and left 14 seconds on the clock, Seattle doesn’t take a knee and go to OT and instead tries a Hail Mary. It’s incomplete but Tramon gets called for a PI doing exactly what Golden Tate did, pushing down another player. No flag initially, but Pete Carroll storms out on the field and berates the back judge, who then throws the flag about 30 seconds after the play ended. With :00 on the clock, Seahawks line up for the game winning FG. It’s blocked, but Seahawks recover and run it in for 6 and win in regulation. Wait, on second thought make that PI on Brad Jones.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:35 pm

I counted about 20 things that happened, which if any ONE of them didn't happen, we would have won.

But this is a pattern with Mike's teams. Each thing that happens paints them into a corner a little bit more, and makes the next thing slightly more likely to happen. Suddenly they are on the outside looking in and having to overcome vast odds just to maintain where they are in a game that should have been a blowout in the first quarter.

They're never out of a game, no matter how far down they are. But they never really put anyone away either. Remember Julio Jones earlier this year? The examples go on and on.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:31 pm

"Legacy game" for Mike and Aaron, as someone tweeted in the third.

This is what they do.

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aj's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:38 pm

Is that not a slight overreaction? If hhcd pokes the 2 pt conversion away, you'd be singing praises for arod driving crosby down there for a chance at the game winning fg.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:46 pm

Clearly you don't follow my posts. LOL

This team continues to find ways to shit itself, week and and week out, year in and year out. This is a particularly sickening rival, imo, but the fact is, this is a pattern.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:59 pm

It is not ok for this team to continue to shit themselves, even when they pull out a victory in the end.

ST has been a joke all season. That was one of the things that cost us today.

Remember Julio Jones in the second half of the Falcons game? Finding ways to lose. It's not "ok" just because we squeaked by and still won that game.

A famous coach said, "Winning isn't a some of the time thing. You do what is right, all the time." Winning, like losing is a habit.

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jyros's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:30 pm

This is on McCarthy and his conservative play w/ 5:00 on the clock.
Not pushing for a score and handing control over was the catalyst for
the implosion.

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:06 pm

I told my wife when Mike kicked the first field goal, that just costs the packers the game. Seattle scores touch downs not field goals.
They can score quickly and often you have to strike first and go for the juggler with them or it will bite you in the ass.
Ya the last 5 minutes was a cluster but this game was lost early on.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:28 pm

Amen. Some people don't understand how hard it is.

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Nerd's picture

January 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

How hard it is to not give up 21 points in 45 seconds with the SB on the line?

How hard it is to take a knee after an INT with the whole field open in front of you?

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 20, 2015 at 03:36 pm

You sir are funny! Shit themseves! I had to laugh as in, hey they may have to go back there again! Mailbox anyone? Take a lot of to paper on that trip baby!!!!!!

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Ruppert's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:20 pm

No, that is not an overreaction. Not in the least. No "ifs." They blew it today. Because of known weaknesses. known weaknesses. Quarless couldn't bring in a 3rd down catch. An underachieving backup TE (Bostick) blew the worst play of the day.

And McCarthy's playcalling...we knew Richard Sherman was playing with one arm and didn't even make a passing attempt to exploit it. Pathetic. He was locked so rigidly into his gameplan that he couldn't even jump off and improvise with RICHARD SHERMAN WAS PLAYING WITH ONE ARM!! ARRRGGHHHH!

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keeley2's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:32 pm

Hawk has played his last down in the green and gold. Too bad he has to go out this way - a warrior, a leader, making the most of limited ability.

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Beep's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:47 pm

Hoping the Packers plane is 3 seats empty with Hawk, Bostick, and Slocum on their own to get back to and get out of GB.
Not entirely ST fault but they could have clinched this 3 times.
So disappointing performance by the offense to not turn 5 turnovers into 35 points and blow the Seahacks outta the water.

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:09 pm

You forgot to include Brad Jones, Datone - did he have a tackle or sack today and Perry who is way to fn slow to play outside linebacker.

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Roberto DeSimone's picture

January 19, 2015 at 09:02 pm

Did you misspell Seahawks or are you discount double choking like your football team?

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badaxed's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:48 pm

Are you kidding me. A j hawk will still be playing for the packers even when he can no longer walk without aid of a cane. After all "he makes great calls".
Capers, slocum, jones, hawk, and all the other pathetic losers on this team will be retained as McCarthy and Ted T will never admit they have made personnel or coaching mistakes.

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KenEllis's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:48 pm

Hawk stunk the past 3 seasons.

The D got much better the moment he was sent to the bench 1/2 way through the season. Seattle marched right down the field when he came in for an injured Clay in today's game.

I will always remember Hawk's pathetic display on the FG as his biggest contribution to the team.

Man he was paid a whole lot of money for so little production.

Iver

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aj's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:35 pm

I know nobody wants to think about next season yet, but imagine the impact these rookies will have after experiencing a full season in the nfl. HHCD played biggest when the lights were brightest, he will be a stud in the future for us.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:41 pm

That's part of the reason I'm not hurt/upset/angered. I'm not happy that we lost, but I feel pretty damn good about our future. Hawk will be gone. Tramon might be gone too.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:44 pm

I feel negatively about our future, because of the way this team continues to find radical new ways to lose.

Vince Lombardi could lead his players to victory. He know how to motivate them and get them in the right mindset to WIN.

Mike McCarthy does just the opposite. lol

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:00 pm

ST shitting itself is not an aberration on this team. Not this season, and not for the past decade.

Not sure if you follow this team. Go back and watch some film.

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66EP's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:03 pm

Nerd, you're absolutely right about ST. They hired Ron Zook former Univ of IL head coach to assist Slocum. That didn't work. The fake field goal should have been caught. That's indicative of lack of preparation and sideline coaching.
The other major mistakes: ST- the failed two point stop and the botched onside kick.
Bad Coaching/Playcalling on 3 & 19 with only 3 passrushers, 1 LB and 7 DBs leave your best 11 on the field Wilson had 9 seconds to find an open man which will happen with that much time; the conservative play calling in the 4Q - go with what got you there - Seattle puts 9 in the box and Packers run it; Capers playing Cover Zero on the last plays, etc.
Morgan Burnett not running the pick back 10 more yards or towards the sideline. The players in the early 4th Q figuring it was won and were just hanging on instead of punishing Seattle.
I was so irritated I wrote Mark Murphy "Murphy Takes [email protected]. All I said ST was unacceptable and needs fixing, So fix it. You're paid to make this work. I think everyone should write him. Maybe a loaded inbox might help everyone.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:33 pm

The failed 2 pt is on the Defense, not ST. Wilson was not on Crosby Island.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:36 pm

A bigger embarrassment than 4th and 26 against a much more hated and obnoxious team.

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Wenis's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:37 pm

Martball

We kick field goals they score touchdowns.

Martyball

McCarthy out-coached again.

Martyball

Where was the tackling the last five minutes of the game and the OT?

Martyball
Martyball............

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:48 pm

C'mon man, the coach doesn't tackle, or catch on sides kicks. The Packers lost this game on a few critical plays. To all the " I wonder why Bostick doesn't play people", you got your answer. Catch the fucking ball and its victory formation.

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Norm's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:50 pm

Janis would've come down with it.

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Norm's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:13 pm

Calm down Stroh, it was a joke. Maybe I should have said Pennell would've come down with it and you might have gotten that it was a joke.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:03 pm

"McCarthy out-coached again."

While Carroll never stopped encouraging his guys to keep playing, Capers and McCarthy took their feet off the gas and gave up on the game plan that was destroying the Seahawks.

It was a shocking showcase for their greatest flaw, "Going conservative with a lead." They let the Hawks get back into the game and flushed a Super Bowl berth down the toilet. I haven't seen anything like it since the Bills-Oilers AFC Championship game.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:40 pm

He's supposed to not put Bostick in that position. He and Capers are supposed to keep attacking the Seahawks with what is working until it stops working.

It's unbelievable they can contrive that game plan, watch it blow the Seahawks out of the water for 25 minutes, and then go soft and try and run out the clock it with over half the game left.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:34 pm

Easy to second guess.

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Razor's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:07 pm

Actually Jordy was supposed to catch the ball while Bostic blocked, especially with the ball flight - perfect for Jordy.

Is McCarthy supposed to make these plays - no -but the players he coaches are supposed to know what to do and how to do it. Repeated failures are a coaching issue. Conservative play calling in the second half is a coaching issue. Keeping below average players is a coaching issue.

What ever happened to Lacy diving over the line from the one foot line?

Fantastic opportunity screwed away.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

January 19, 2015 at 04:16 am

"Is McCarthy supposed to catch the ball for Bostick?" No, of course not. Coaches are not in general responsible for the physical mistakes of the players. You have a valid point. However, Bostick's assignment was to block, not try to catch the ball himself, per his own comment after the game. So, as to the onside kick, there appears to be at least two arguments regarding whether the coaching was the problem:

Anti-Slocum: Putting Bostick on the "hands team" in the first place. Here is a guy that has issues with "mental preparedness" and can’t learn the playbook after being on the team for 3 years. And then the coach is surprised that the guy does not execute his own assignment and instead tries to recover the ball himself. Verdict: Bostick should not be on the hands teams because by definition this is a unit that is on the field in critical situations, and this guy is a screw up.

Pro-Slocum: Bostick, as a TE, has good hands. Second, MM described him as a good blocker. Putting Bostick on the hands team makes sense given his dual physical gifts, which outweigh his problems with mental preparedness.

Maybe there are other arguments. But each must form his own opinion as to whether this is a coaching issue or if it is on the player solely.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:39 pm

Ahhh. Yes. Finally.

It's hard to blame the coaches for this loss. We played SO UNBELIEVABLE -- up until those last couple of minutes.

1) Why Li Phuck wasn't Clay Matthews in the game during crunch time!?

2) Why didn't we use any timeouts during crunch time to regroup!? That Defense isn't a well seasoned unit

3) Why did we rush 2-3 players when it was 3rd and (22, I believe)!?

4) Brandon Bostic...you motherf....

5) I'm going to assume that HHCD didn't see the ball on that 2-point conversion. He didn't even make a move/play on the ball. That ALSO could have won us the game.

6) Why wasn't Sherman targeted AFTER the arm injury.

7) Again, why didn't we use any of our 3 timeouts in the clutch of the 4th quarter!?

8) I'm a bit disappointed in Quarless. I absolutely hate body catches.

9) I feel bad for Julius Peppers.

10) I don't blame MM for not gambling on those 4th and goal plays. You take the points on the road and in the type of environment like Seattle. That game was won - and then loss by our mistakes towards the end.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:43 pm

Actually it's easy to call for some accountability by the staff.

We won't get it, but it's not hard to call for it.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:47 pm

So, at what point do we blame the players? After all, the coaches coach and the players play. The gameplan seemed to work for most of the game.

I'm kind of on the fence. I really NEED to know why Clay wasn't in the game on Seattle 4th quarter TD drive.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:51 pm

Coaches do more than just "game plan." They also teach.

Theoretically at least.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:39 pm

Feels a thousand times worse than the fail mary game because for 56 minutes they played the game the way we all hoped, and we went to prevent???

But we will learn from this.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:42 pm

They WON'T learn from this. It's been going on for years.

Mike needs to hire a sports psychologist, because he does not have the natural ability to lead.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:06 pm

Mike and Capers are the ones that folded. They thought they could run out 30 minutes of game clock. Then he tells Carroll that it was "Unbelievable". Carroll must have thought "No Shit, Thanks Man!"

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lou's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:38 pm

Yes, when like in the past he runs three up the middle belly plays, what a gift to a coach who plays to win (Pete C.) instead of like Bud Grant who "plays not to loose". No a coach can't catch an onside kick right to him or knock down a 35 foot rainbow pass for a 2 point conversion but he can "set the tone of the football team". If you don't think McCarthy consistently played that way this season (just the opposite of 2010 when he said we are going to be aggressive - and it set a winning tone) then you also believe if you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan and if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor PERIOD.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:41 pm

No Line can block well enough when the entire fucking universe knows exactly what is coming.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:44 pm

I disagree. We actually gave them the game at the end. The refs had nothing to do with it and the Seattle didn't really have to do much. Botched onside kicked. Arm slaps at Lynch. No attempt on deflecting the pass on a 2-point conversion. You're welcome.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Whose decision was it to run against a loaded box with 5 plus to go thus negating any chance of maintaining possession of the ball? Who took the ball out of #12's hands at that point despite the fact the offense had good early down throwing success? That's coaching.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:44 pm

Sherman playing most of the last quarter with only one arm, yet not a throw or run play directed at him until 30 seconds left in the game, Why??? MM has no killer instinct. This is on him because he let shit happen

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:48 pm

He's "not questioning his play calling."

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Zola Davis's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:58 pm

4th Q, 5 min left, MM plays conservative & goes 3 & out. Very telling about his lack of killer instinct.

I feel bad for B. Bostick but I hope they see that at this point a rookie draft choice would be the same but w higher ceiling.

Hawk pulling their receiver into a first down in Q4 was also telling. Good guy but time to tty out something else.

What will happen w Peppers & Guion?

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:02 pm

Guion will definitely be back.He really surprised me. The only footage I had on him was him getting trucked by Starks when he was a Viking.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Well considering both Starks and Lacy combined for 43 yds to set up a FG to put the Packers up 12 with 10:53 left you'd be wrong and just shows you don't watch film. Starks then gained 6 yds total to set up a manageable 3rd and 4 which Quarless dropped. We punt and then Wilson throws the pick. McCarthy then tries running against a loaded box in Martyball style. Poor coaching decision.

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rjwh23's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:46 pm

Special teams have been a problem all season and inconsistent at best the past few years. Growing up outside of GB during the 60s and 70s my dad was close to Packer leadership, especially with GB board members. He would say, a challenge with a professional sports franchise in a small town was team leaders became too close so were reluctant to make difficult personnel decisions. I understand the McCarthy and Slocum families are good friends so we probably shouldn't expect a new special teams coach but change is needed.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:49 pm

ST have been an embarrassment all season and in fact for years.

Mike said he couldn't countenance being an underdog. I wonder if he can countenance having failed us.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:51 pm

Yeah, we all wondered going in if Special Teams could cost us a win in the playoffs. Well, we have our answer now. I'm frustrated with Bostick, but mistakes happen. But not being prepared for that fake field goal is inexcusable. Was there ever a more obvious place to run a fake? That is on Slocum.

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:54 pm

How can Slocum be blamed for Bostick's drop? He was in the right place to make the play. The Packers played one hell of a game by forcing Seattle to have to go for an on sides kick for a chance. Bostick makes that catch and we watch them in the SB. Players make plays, not coaches.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:02 pm

watch the ball into your mits.
someone ought to have suggested that to a hand`s team member.

geesh....what a wasted opportunity.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:03 pm

First of all, when a player has to jump to get the ball in that situation, the proper thing to do is to block the guy in front of you and let the guy behind you field the ball.

Secondly, a coach is supposed to get the players mentally ready to play.

Thirdly, Slocum's squads have been a joke for a long, long time.

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Because you got a guy who does not handle the football because he can't fucking catch so you put a guy with shitty hands on the kick return team? WHF
I think MM was again out coached. Looked like they actually targeted the ball right at Bostick. Could have kicked it to the other side but chose to kick it right at him. they knew something.

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Norm's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:46 pm

I've never read the NFL rule book but if the Patriots go on to defeat the Colts as it appears they will, is there an obscure clause anywhere that makes it possible for both teams to lose? I don't know what I'd do. It'd almost be enough to make me want to turn to the NBA. Well, okay not that extreme but soccer has a lot going for it doesn't it? Well, not that either. I dunno, maybe spend time with my family if all else fails?

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:51 pm

First year I won't be watching the Super Bowl. I just don't care.

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Nerd's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:53 pm

This is what it is like to be a VIKINGS fan.

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:55 pm

shit! the viqueens would NEVER get this far

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:55 pm

thanks for that captain obvious

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cinpackback's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:49 pm

This was our regular game, except the Defense really stepped up. Once again, our inability to score in the red zone and special teams follies meant we couldn't get it done. Sorry, we didn't deserve to go to the Big Game.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:49 pm

Anyone calling for firing coaching is emotional. Not a coaching issue. This is on the players. All they need to do is have a player execute on one of a handful of plays...That's an easy coaching decision. Just didn't work.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:52 pm

I agree.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:52 pm

Yeah, the defense played 55 great minutes of football today. But based on the whole season (and prior seasons), I'm ready to give Vic Fangio a call.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:56 pm

Really? How many games did the defense lose this season for us? Maybe NO. They kept us in the First DET and BUFF games where the offense sputtered. Do you want to fire the Off staff too?

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:21 pm

Nope. But you can't just look at the losses. How about ATL? Capers did raise the level of defensive play this year from "dumpster fire" to "average," but I'm ready for new blood there.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:37 pm

The D shutdown ATL in the first half. Legit win.

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January 18, 2015 at 06:57 pm

i agree but the play calling got VERY conservative towards the end of the game. some of that is on the coaches. the packers were playing "not to lose" instead of "playing to win"

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January 18, 2015 at 07:51 pm

Amen Danny. If we pass and go 3 and out taking 0:42 seconds off the clock then everyone would be asking why didn't we run the ball with Lacey and a really good O line.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:24 pm

People who recognize running in to a loaded box is insanity can live with limited time coming off the clock. Keep in mind Seattle had all 3 timeouts. Had they taken the 3rd it would have been less elapsed time off the clock. Your argument makes no sense considering what the offense was trying to run in to.

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Allan Murphy's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:50 pm

Yes it hurts but we can't change the out come till next year go pack go !

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:51 pm

Someone. Anybody. Just help me understand why we didn't use any of our timeouts in the 4th quarter in clutch situations. This defense isn't a veteran group.

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MarkinMadison's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:52 pm

Wow. Okay, first of all I think this team exceeded my expectations this year. We all knew that the middle of the defense was soft, and we still needed (and need) a middle linebacker. Moving CM3 to the middle after the bye week helped this team step up beyond my expectations. And despite a very gimpy #12 this team had the Seahawks on the ropes because the defense played outstanding football for as long as they were fresh. And we knew it would not last. We knew the pendulum would swing. So let's be proud of the season we were given, and look forward to next season, because next season I believe they will win it all. If you want to call me on it, go for it.

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:59 pm

yes but we had this game won. we outplayed the hawks in almost every facet of the game. it would be one thing if they were kicking our asses all game but they weren't. this one is going to hurt for a while #numb

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:53 pm

And in the end it's just a game.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:04 pm

Yep. Time to go hug my kids.

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:57 pm

Blame it on Buffalo. If this game was in GB , its a win. You have to show up every week.

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Zola Davis's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:02 pm

Saints wasn't pleasant either.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:00 pm

This isn't on Buffalo game. This was on about a dozen players who had a chance to seal this game at 19-7 and didn't. Lotta blame...but it was today, not last month.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:00 pm

This isn't on Buffalo game. This was on about a dozen players who had a chance to seal this game at 19-7 and didn't. Lotta blame...but it was today, not last month.

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:58 pm

To all coaches of Pop Warner or Pony league football teams and to all coaches of little league baseball teams ..the very first rule about catching a ball..any damn ball....is to watch it go all the way into your hands. ALL THE WAY INTO YOUR HANDS. ALL THE WAY IN TO YOUR HANDS.

Hell of a season...but what a hertbreaker.

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badaxed's picture

January 18, 2015 at 06:58 pm

Most disappointed by Morgan Burnett sliding instead of running the interception back. Shows lack of aggressiveness and poor understanding of time on clock.

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:02 pm

nah. it was slippery out there and i'm guessing he wanted to protect the ball and give the it back to our offense to pick up a couple of first downs and run out the clock

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm

turns out that burnett was instructed to get down by the coaches on the sideline. another big coaching blunder at the end of the game

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jbromusic's picture

January 19, 2015 at 01:04 am

it's better than talking to you :) just sayin'

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:03 pm

That made me jump outa the chair and yell WTF too.

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:32 pm

We can second guess cause we lost, if we won it would have been brilliant. We could not get a stinking 10 yards when we needed to, last drive would have done it but we could not put it away.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:36 pm

I was just waiting...and waiting...and waiting for Rodgers to audible to a early down pass and Adams or Nelson to put a double move on Sherman. The Seahawks were selling out on the run on early downs. Ugh

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:46 pm

Yeah, I was shocked that we didn't see more play action. They had to commit their LBs to stopping the run.

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:49 pm

I was shocked Flynn did not play. If your not going to use the MVP and his passing skills might as well have a QB that can run then. Totally useless game by Rogers. I can hand off to Lacy all day long too.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Shields against Chicago in the NFC championship game of 2010? No time on the clock in that scenario. Get down and win. This situation....5 minutes left. Very different. Play to win not play to not lose.

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jbromusic's picture

January 19, 2015 at 01:05 am

you have to ignore danny. he usually doesn't know what the ^&%$ he's talking about

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ballark's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:00 pm

Tough loss. Love everyone on this team. Love Bostik. Everyone played their hearts out. See you guys in the Super Bowl 2016. Go Pack go.

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:02 pm

just curious- why do you love bostik?

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:04 pm

Bostick sucks. Couldn't grasp the offense all year and couldn't catch a simple on side kick.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:06 pm

But he is a human being, and I bet he feels way worse than any of us right now.

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ballark's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:10 pm

Bingo.

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Point-Packer's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:09 pm

I was yelling "watch for the fake" at the TV prior to the fake FG TD. I don't get paid to coach football. If you pay attention to Carroll at all, you'd know it was a situation where he'd run that play. I'm an informed fan, but nothing more. Shawn Slocum gets paid to do this. Fire Slocum now and make that ass hat purchase his own ticket home. I've had enough of his chummy MM bullshit coaching.

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pooch's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:18 pm

A HUGE COW CHIP OR PILE OF COWSHIT FOR MIKE MEATHEAD..i stated midweek if you get on 1 & goal at 2 do not run Kuhn run Lacy and please spread offense,so what do they do run Kuhn on 1st down and then Lacy with everyone in tight...I fucking give up...not to mention the meathead who rushed 3 on 3-19...you mean dumb ass has not seen 4-46 tape???

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jjhoffmann's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:19 pm

Does anyone know why sweezeys late hit after cm3 sacked wilson wasn't a dead ball foul?

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Amanofthenorth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:53 pm

Hell yeah? If that:s the precedent, then it:s a free chance to kill a guy..after a sack.

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sugarbair's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:22 pm

I know emotions are high, but coaches are supposed to coach (teach). Slocum's special teams have under performed for years. That change has to happen. Play calling, we go into do not lose mode way to much. Lacy was getting hit 3 - 4 yards deep on those last two series. That's on MM. Really disappointing end to the season. We had them.

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:35 pm

Why is it on MM and not O line/execution? If we had passed on three straight downs with incompletions we'd be howling from the rooftops. Don't understand why we are blaming the coaches.

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pooch's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:14 pm

course Mike was saying Lang was a mans man,at the end NOT

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chugwater's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:37 pm

Field goal Unit was 5 for 5, with a fumble recovery on kick returns. Is it Slocums fault Bostick can't catch?

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:48 pm

No, but not being ready for that fake was inexcusable.

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:19 pm

It was early in the 2nd half and they executed it perfectly.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:24 pm

Yeah but they had been thwarted offensively up to that point, and only getting 3 on that drive was a total loss on their part. Plus they were close to the first down and endzone. Very, very obvious, IMO.

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Lphill's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:25 pm

why did Burnett go down so soon? he may have scored. we just needed to stop the 2 point conversion or hold onto the onside kick. almost won the game nobody thought we could. re- sign Cobb, bring back Raji get some help at inside linebacker and we will be back next year book it!

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:47 pm

PPC. Piss Poor Coaching

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:20 pm

put down the pipe.

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Brian's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:29 pm

He was instructed to by the coaches

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:26 pm

Wow where do I go with this. I thought the game was in the bag. I think the Packers did too and let up about 10 minutes to early. You could see the Hawks building momentum, it was ugly to lose it that way. I mean holy cow what a performance for 3 quarters. Can we go back and have do overs, oh right its the NFL I might feel bad for a long time. This was our chance, I mean how close was this game. They played better than I could have ever imagined the first 3 quarters then almost as usual went into sleeper mode.

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rjwh23's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:26 pm

A coach can't make the catch for Bostick but coaches must put the right players in positions to make game deciding plays. Bostick is not battle tested to be in a play that will determinr a win or loss, especially when Nelson was next to him. When catching the ball means victory leaders must expect zero tolerance.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:30 pm

I totally agree. I didn't get why he was in there. He hardly seen any meaningful PT all season.

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:46 pm

Why does MM run Lacy play in play out and no Starks. Why does mm run twice and pass once? Why does Dom have all these funny packages of his, most of which don't work. Why does Dix get two picks when he has done zip all year and looks lost? Why no Datone Jones sacks? Why is Perry on the outside, he is slower than molassis? Why was Mathews on the sidelines during the critical part of the game? Why did Rogers and co go away from Rogers over the middle for short gains? Why WHy why why?

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Starks had the most explosive play of the day on offense.

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Flow49's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:35 pm

I feel sick to my stomach, that is all...

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:41 pm

My cow chips:
1. Whomever put AJ Hawk on the field goal team in the first place. He can't rush the kicker, cant tackle and has zero coverage ability.
2. Dom Capers. Having a team down 3rd and 29 and getting cute by rushing three tired guys who let the qb have all freekin day to pass and yes they make it look easy. Its called not going for the juggler.
3. Mike M, for having and god awful attitude that your the smartest guy on the planet and that field goals add up. Not going for the juggler when you had them down but instead kicking field goals did you in. Seattle only went for touchdowns mostly. They know math.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:42 pm

Players have to execute......BUT coaches have to execute as well. McCarthy gets and deserves much of the blame for going in to Martyball mode with 6 plus on the clock. It's the book on him and Seattle knew it. He game planned in to their hands. I thought he called a nice game up until that point, mixing in runs with high percentage passes on early downs. Kept the Seattle defense guessing a bit....all until that point. This shows a complete deficiency in game management. He called scared in that series when he had a chance to keep the pressure on. We'll never know if it would have come down to the Bostick blunder has he remained aggressive. He took the ball out of his best player's hands and went against what the flow of the game dictated. That was the momentum swing and it falls on McCarthty.

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Paul Ott Carruth's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:59 pm

Go back and re-watch the series. Look at the offensive personnel. Look at the Seattle front. It was an 8 man front to match personnel. Not very conducive to running the ball. Furthermore...that's McCarthy's modus operandi. He played right in to their hands and went away from what has been working. You can make excuses all day but those who understand football from personnel and match-ups in addition to in-game schematics know McCarthy is culpable on this one. Don't believe me? Listen to Rodgers post game pressed in relation to this.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:09 pm

I would argue he (and Capers especially) started going soft much, much earlier. But the fact that they didn't start attacking until the lead was totally gone is particularly disquieting, especially against the Super Bowl Champions in their house.

It's like getting Mike Tyson against the ropes and then letting off hoping the judges saw it. If having Tyson come back and knock your ass out doesn't teach you, nothing ever will.

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Idiot Fan's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:54 pm

He probably did get too conservative at the end. But it's really a shame that that MM took a hobbled QB into a place that is very difficult to win against what virtually everyone considers to be the best defense in the league, gave them hell and should have won, and yet we're all complaining about the coaching.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:14 pm

We should complain. and it is because for 50 minutes he did all that only to take his foot off the gas. which never turns out well.

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kebab24's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:56 pm

Totally agree with everything you said. MM consistently calls scared when the pack is up. He needs to put the ball in Aaron's hands and trust that he will make a play. Go for the jugular and if it doesn't work it doesn't work. At least you were aggressive.

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:07 pm

If Bostick catches the dam ball we're not even discussing this. The Pack forced them into a desperation play and Bostick blew it. If they would have passed and threw an incompletion, Seattle saves a time out. Also, we are supposed to be able to run the ball and couldn't in the end. MM played the odds and should have won.

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Brian's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:33 pm

If McCarthy doesn't shit himself and stop being aggressive, there is no on side kick

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Tundraboy's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:09 pm

Totally agree, now I want to go back to throwing up because I am sick of grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory, Should never have gotten to an onside kick ,ever! As i said MM has absolutely no sense of how to go for the jugular. Sherman injury was begging for capitalizing on that for example.

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Imma Fubared's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Hey lets put things in perspective here. Mike is calling the plays, trying to be the head coach, trying to manage the clock, trying to figure out a strategy........ Instead of having an O coordinator to do one thing, a line coach to do another, this is the freeking mike show and he can't cut it when the going gets tough.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:26 pm

You are right.

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm

paul ott- if you watch rodgers' presser after the game, it looks like he agrees with you

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Horse's picture

January 18, 2015 at 07:52 pm

Pull back all the cow chips and give them all to Mike McCarthy for playcalling. He pissed that game away. Did not even try to go for a 1st down with 4 minutes left when defense are gassed. When Sherman had a broken wing. Did not even try.

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azmtns's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:28 pm

My dad and I were watching the game and new after the first quarter what was going to happen. Every single big game the last couple years has been like this.

I am done. No more football ever. My dad had a heart attack after the game and is in the hospital now. Seriously.

I am never wasting my time and getting so emotionally involved again. I have three kids, and will concentrate on playing with them on Sundays. I am 40 years old and will never watch another game the rest of my life.

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twistedlife43's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:35 pm

Thank you again Packers for another great season. Hate to lose one like this. I am just glad we made it again when 28 other teams didn't make it this far. Really a hard lose to take but, still proud to be a fan of the classiest and most respected team in the NFL. Hold your heads high. Be proud of all you overcame this year. Learn from our mistakes and kick some ass next year!! Fan for life because if not for times like these, the wins would not be as awesome.... GO PACK GO GO PACK GO!!!

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azmtns's picture

January 18, 2015 at 08:39 pm

Fan for life is bs. I had been a fan for 30 years, what good does it do you. Get emotionally involved and kill yourself for what. Total crap. Then you win a super bowl and everything after is a disappointment.

I can't take it anymore. This is total garbage. Why should we feel like crap for a f-ing game. Screw this I"m done. Too many years like this.

Justify whatever you want, just not worth it.

My uncle stopped watching 20 years ago and he is very happy. Never gets so emotionally involved and wastes days after days. I read three papers every day about the packers. Watch all the games, watch to football shows. What the hell do I have to show for it except a broken heart, and a father who is in the ICU now because of this.

Screw it, loosers watch football. I"m not going to be one anymore.

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barutanseijin's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:48 pm

First off, i hope your dad gets through this.

But yeah, there are other things to do -- and it's perfectly OK to do them. Not sure i could watch football again if i went through what you and your dad did.

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4thand1's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:51 pm

Sorry about your dad. I think I'll take a break too. I was fortunate enough to see them win in Dallas. Won free tickets to the game all expenses paid. I would never mortgage the farm to see a game though like some people do. Trouble is, its not just a game for most people. The let downs are worse than the highs it seems, especially this one.

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LASVEGAS-TOM's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm

They all hurt the same, & this one hurts just as much as any. A FAKE FIELD GOAL??? Maybe they don't do it in the Pro's, but the 1st words I remember being said, whether it was a Punt or a Field Goal, & even a Kick Off, was "Watch The Fake". Who was Responsible for that??, or shouldn't I ask? LVT

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barutanseijin's picture

January 19, 2015 at 03:10 pm

Good advice, but delivered with all the bedside manner of Dr. Kervorkian.

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twistedlife43's picture

January 18, 2015 at 09:38 pm

I am truly sorry about your father but one question. If your father is in ICU why are you worried about what is being said in a chatroom? I wish you and your father all the best and him a speedy recovery.

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Spiderpack's picture

January 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Its just the dumbest dumbest dumbest lost that any Packers team or any playoff team has ever offered on a plate to the Other.

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Mojo's picture

January 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Total choke job. Worst loss I've ever seen. The Packers were totally kicking ass and threw it all away. Feel bad for Bostick, but my God it couldn't have been much easier for him. As Quarless said, if you go for it you have to make the play. And that's just one of many horrendous plays by GB in the last half of the quarter.

The worst thing anyone could say to me is "there's always next year." Don't care anymore.

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jbromusic's picture

January 18, 2015 at 11:08 pm

i don't feel bad for bostick. i feel bad for all of his teammates and packers fans that he let down. this guy has done nothing this season for the team. his understanding of the offensive playbook was so bad that he couldn't even get on the field. AND he was supposed to be blocking on the onside kick. he's my biggest disappointment on the team followed closely by jarrett boykin. i wouldn't be shocked if they are both cut during the offseason.

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January 19, 2015 at 12:37 am

When a team puts 8 or more in the box to stop the run, all you need to do is create one seem for the back to get threw, then its a big play. The o-line didn't get it done. Also on the goal line early.

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Mario Willis's picture

January 19, 2015 at 05:34 am

If Slocum isn't fired after this game I quit...
Lack of discipline on Special Teams cost us this game. Lacy is a free agent and I am sad that we won't be able to retain him.
We are a YOUNG TEAM with a veteran QB. A defense that showed out all game...

Special Teams SCREWED US...3 times...Fake field goal, onside kick and two point conversion...

Special teams is about discipline...we have none!

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January 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

Lacy is signed for two more years.

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JimTaylor31's picture

January 19, 2015 at 06:03 am

Classic choke. No question. Now the Packers can gather at Greg Norman's house, fix nachos, and watch the SB. I agree with Danny, This is a pattern and for some reason I felt it coming because it has been a pattern. Very poor at overcoming adversity during a game. Gotta hand it to the Hawks, They never gave up and once they smelled blood they finished the kill. Time now for the nachos with Greg and the Bills.

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Huskergbfan's picture

January 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

Finally had the intestinal fortitude to look at the box score this morning and saw that we allowed nearly 400 yards on defense. If you would have told me before the game that we would allow 400 yards on defense (I know some came in overtime, but still!) I probably would have said we would lose, so I accept this to some degree. Also, I wonder if there is a picture of the Morgan Burnett interception, I cant remember if he had a lot of green in front of him or not. As of right now that is the most disturbing event of this disaster for me, wondering what kind of field position we would have been looking at, had he indeed returned the int like a normal football player.

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cheesehead1's picture

January 19, 2015 at 11:42 am

For the most part our defense was very good, but like so many times this year, good first half, weaker second half. Championship defenses make key stops when needed. Same thing against SF in last years playoff. Couldn't make the stop when needed.

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Horse's picture

January 19, 2015 at 01:50 pm

The defense gave up 0 points till 2:04 left in Q4. Peppers was gassed, played 62 snaps, and CMIII was on the bench. The offense could have bailed them out with a first down and closed out the game but MM had to get his 20th run in at 4 minutes left. R-R-R. Then a 30 yard semi-shank by Masthay. Then the clusterfuck. Put it on ST and the Offense. The Pats have a blueprint for crafting a D plan against the Seahawks thanks to the Packers tape they'll watch.

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cheesehead1's picture

January 19, 2015 at 05:48 pm

Regardless, the game is 60 minutes. Even in OT, we had them deep in SEA territory (13 yard line ) and they moved it easily, much like SF did to us in last years playoffs. Great defenses make stops when needed.

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JimTaylor31's picture

January 20, 2015 at 06:06 am

Good point. Just seemed like the wind was knocked out of our sails after the very weird run of bad luck, bad play and bad coaching. Defense kinda caved at the end. Probably just discouraged and worn out physically and emotionally. Kinda like us fans at that point.

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January 20, 2015 at 03:43 pm

Ya think Hump-day mike is home looking at his f'n clip board wondering how his plan failed! "Stats said run 20or more times and we win" I did that damit!

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