Packers Stock Report: The Bitter Gut Shot of the NFC Championship Game

This is me still brooding over this game!

Sunday Night was a dumpster fire, but it shouldn't overshadow the fact that the Packers are headed in the right direction.  This offseason should be interesting with many big decisions coming on players who are at the end of their deals.  Who will stay and who will go? Who will the Packers target in free agency and the draft? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more by following Cheesehead TV's extensive offseason coverage.  

I have to be honest; I am still not in a great headspace to discuss this game because it was fifty-five minutes of anger, frustration, and disappointment.  This report will be very brief since I am still such a pissed off little shit and wasn't buying any stock from Sunday's game. (although there's some great long term stock to buy) 

Sell, Sell, Sell:

1. The Packers Run Defense: This game essentially boiled down to 42 rushes, 285 yards and 4 touchdowns from the 49ers which proved to be a mortal death punch to the throat.  What signs we saw of the run defenses' improvement throughout the season proved to be a mirage when they faced a run first team.  As a result, we witnessed one of the most brutal blood baths in NFL history.  The Packers didn't even give Jimmy G an opportunity to shit the bed.    

2. Mike Pettine: The fact that Pettine couldn't help his players find any way to slow down the run after 42 attempts was pretty pathetic.  It was absolutely brutal to watch because you just knew that the Packers were completely overmatched and Raheem Mostert was going to get a huge chunk of yards on pretty much every attempt.  If Matt LaFleur decides to go in a different direction the film of this game will be exhibit A.    

3. The Botched Snap: If Raheem Mostert breaking off countless first half runs to crush our hopes and dreams wasn't enough, Rodgers and Linsley did their best to add fuel to the fire with their botched snap deep inside 49er territory. At this point, I knew that our fate was sealed and we were in for a Murphy's Law kind of afternoon. (Time to refill your glasses). I know Packers twitter has had much heated debate over who was at fault and whether Rodgers should have dove for the ball but from my view there was just no way the Packers were going to recover that ball.  The fumbled snap was a fumbled opportunity that no team could come back from (Game, set, match).    

4. The Shanked Punt: JK Scott had a great run during the last several games of the season.  Unfortunately, all of that ended with that dying duck of a shanked punt when the game was already spiraling out of control.  In a game when "stopping the bleeding" is paramount, Scott's punt all but severed the femoral artery.  

5. The First Rodgers Pick:  Whether the pass was another case of Rodgers not being on the same page with one of his receivers or not, you cannot throw that poor of a pass when your team is deep in its own territory and your defense cannot stop the run or make a routine tackle.  If any one of these three fatal flaws are eliminated, the Packers give up one fewer touchdown, and if the botched snap is eliminated along with either the pick or the shanked punt, the Packers have the ball down 7 at the 2 minute warning.  

The bottom line is the Packers yet again failed to physically make the trip out west.  The west coast has been this team's bugaboo all season long as three of their four losses came in the state of California.  That means that the Packers were 14-1 in the other 49 states, which pisses me off even more.  The truth is, the Packers need to find a way to get one of these NFC Championship games at home, in the frozen tundra, in front of an electric Lambeau crowd.  (Cough, cough, thanks to the refs in the Seattle game in the season finale).  Needless to say, we will have the rest of the offseason to brood over what went wrong on Sunday but for now, let's all drink up and start recovering.        

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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zoellner25's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:06 am

Definitely selling Mike Pettine. He had no answers.

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Turophile's picture

January 23, 2020 at 07:47 am

With two better DEs alongside Kenny Clark and most importantly a faster ILB that can get to the sideline and meet the RB before he gets a big chunk of yardage, Pettine could suddenly look like a very good DC.

The DEs mess up plays both by penetrating into the backfield to mess up plays and by flowing down the line faster. The ILB provides the extra man out wide to snuff out the run, he is the one that makes most tackles out there..

As it stands, when a defense that lacks these crucial parts goes against the 49ers, what can you actually do ? You can't shade Martinez to one side or the other so he can get there because the 49ers just go to the other side. You can't finagle the perimeter by playing two ILBs much, because the second ILB is Goodson or Burks and they aren't good enough.

Shanahan himself said (after the game) that it was very difficult to find Petine's tendencies, which is why he came up with a game plan that he felt would work whatever Pettine did.

It IS difficult to go against a team that has had so many high and very high picks for maybe 8 years or so, but most of their high picks went to the front 7 of their defense. They are beatable, but that game showed a couple of place that need improvement, and a faster ILB is chief among them.

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January 24, 2020 at 12:51 pm

You are spot on. All year however, Pettine wasted snaps on Lowry and Lowry has been a known package for years. He showed little. 25 tackles in 729 while Landcaster got 20 in just over half those snaps.

Lots of responsibility to go around. Big failure of GUTE to not grab Pennel for a 7th round instead of continuing the Lowry boat that was already under water.

Back to Pettine....where were packages to get Martinez off the field? NONE!
No DB or blitz package on pass downs, no DL or Gary or KEKE on run downs. Really bad coaching.

Failure underlines the refusal to TRY Keke or Landcaster during the season. Just plain bad. It is easy to say Pettine would be a great coach IF....

It is up to a great coach to coach what he has, not what he doesn't have and Pettine does not have a GREAT IN LB. He has a journeyman. A large part of coaching is ACCURATELY assessing the talent THEN scheming it.

Pettine was a bad washout on both. He was choked on adjustments

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albert999's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:10 am

Yeah Pettine has to go and so do any of the so called super stars who didn’t show up with the energy needed to go to the super bowl

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albert999's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:12 am

Lafluer needs to get a lot tougher with his message and actions including with Rodgers

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Tundraboy's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:16 am

How ironic is that this was exactly how we used to beat up on teams in the early 60s. Makes it more painful for me to watch how our reputation has shifted.

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wildbill's picture

January 22, 2020 at 07:28 pm

I think Green Bay is viewed as a finesse team and not a physical team which is sad as it’s a physical game

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:18 am

The Packers are still a finesse team.

They won't get to or win a Super Bowl until that changes.

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Razer's picture

January 22, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Too true. Our problem has become that we don't have many good finesse players.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 22, 2020 at 01:40 pm

When they won the Super Bowl they had good finesse players on Offense. But, on defense they had guys like Jenkins, Bishop, Raji, the young CMIII, Woodson etc who where not just finesse players.

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splitpea1's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:31 am

I don't think botched snaps or shanks make much of a difference when you're giving up 6.8 yards a carry on the ground and the opposing quarterback needs to throw less than ten times. We were already down 10-0 with the shank, and 17-0 before the botched snap. The thing is, we stopped them cold on the first series, but that was not a sign of things to come. It didn't help, either, that we could barely move the ball on offense until we were deep in the hole.

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CAG123's picture

January 22, 2020 at 11:44 am

I guess Im one of the few that's not tripping over this game team still needs work and still has holes but anyone that kept some semblance of a level head already knew that. It does seem like Pettine is done after MLFs press he didn't really endorse him like he did last year or has for most of the season.

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cheesehead1's picture

January 22, 2020 at 12:10 pm

I believe Pettine has improved our D over the last couple of seasons, but obviously not enough. Don’t know who else is available. Please no Wade Phillips. Wish we would have addressed ILB last off-season.

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January 22, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Pettine was stupid. You can't fix Stupid. Le Fluers got a bright mind. He needs to break away and not make the same mistake MM made.

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Razer's picture

January 22, 2020 at 02:10 pm

Not going to endorse getting rid of Pettine so that the next guy can get all that potential out of Tyler Lancaster and the likes. We don't have enough good Dlinemen or enough good linebackers to play a 3-4 or 4-3 but getting rid of a coach and making all these marginal players learn a new system is going to solve the problem.

Just because a good team with talent showed you your defficiencies you think that axing Pettine is a good move. Maybe we'd would be doing him a favor and he wouldn't have to answer all the stupid questions about why all the practice squad talent couldn't beat a pile of 1st and 2nd round picks.

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wildbill's picture

January 22, 2020 at 07:33 pm

There you go throwing logic into the fray, gonna have the Debbie downers, who seem to know more about the game than professionals, get even louder with the “fire someone” when the very successful franchises have continuity

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baldski's picture

January 22, 2020 at 04:53 pm

Amen, Razer!

The 49ers have seven 1st round picks in their DL and OL. This is what is missing in Green Bay. Talent. This is not the fault of Pettine.

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January 22, 2020 at 06:41 pm

So we are missing talent and that’s why we were the 2nd best team in the NFC? So I guess that only SF has talent?

I think we have some good talent in Green Bay. You always want more, of course, but ultimately it’s about what you do with what you’ve got.

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January 23, 2020 at 04:50 am

Cry, Cry, Cry.

You all are finesse fans. You all knows what should be done. But no one of you done anything in your life to prove you knows what to do as head of the football team or head of the football organization.

Many of you would like to fire everybody because your feeling is hurting. Oh, poor you. You need your mammy, do you. You just fell down and others are guilty. True finesse fans.

If MM stomp down Packers with cowboys sometimes in the future (I hope never will happen) I can imagine how many of you will not survive that event. You all would like to dismiss complete organization for your pain.

Be strong, be tough! Do not look for others guilt and do not be judge when you haven't enough data to make quality conclusions. When you look football back 10 years, today game is game of missed tackles for lot of teams not only for Packers. Accept that NFL is build not for dynasties but to support weak teams and ruin stronger. To equalize winners and losers. Packers was winners for a long time. Accept that Packers will go to some dark times (hopefully short), to rebuilt and to conquer again.

DO not cry like babies...

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Adorabelle's picture

January 23, 2020 at 04:19 pm

The packers are not a finished product. They made strides but we all knew they were a work in progress. Even before the NFCCG the consensus was this was a difficult game and a bad matchup for the Pack. But now because of how they looked it seems like people want to blow it up again and start over. In the recent past the Packers defense was perhaps among the worst defenses in the history of the NFL. This year they were respectable. Not great but respectable. Holes to fill for sure but progress seen. The McCarthy offense was much maligned to the point of comedy and this years team did a lot with inferior pieces overall. Holes to fill for sure but a change to a new style underway. Now lets get going filling in those holes and stop worrying about looking bad in the last game.

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January 24, 2020 at 12:53 pm

The 49ers were not a finished product.

The dangerous part of their offense was an unused after thought. Being totally outmanned, out coached by the run game you CAN NOT ASSUME we could have slowed down their passing game. Many underestimate what a beat down this was

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