pm-vikings Wow, the difference a year makes! One year ago, you could hear a pin drop in the Lambeau Atrium following the Packers’ lost to the Giants. It felt like a funeral. Fast forward a year and the celebrations spilled into the night. Every person leaving was grinning ear to ear. And yes, there were chants everywhere to remind you that the Bears, while watching the playoffs from a couch, do in fact still suck.

  • First of all, there is no stinking asterisk to this game, Ponder and his gimpy elbow notwithstanding. The Vikings kept saying all week that they were starting Ponder. Surprise, it looks like the Packers prepped for Joe Webb after all. It’s not the Packers’ fault Joe Webb is not as accurate of a shot as my 45 pound first grader.
  • Second, I deserve sainthood for not killing the moron behind me that hurled THREE times over the course of a game. Kudos to the Packers housekeeping crew for cleaning the hurl. But seriously, big time fail from the GBPD for not ejecting the cheese whiz. Apparently you can get ejected for standing to much, but repeated drunken stupidity gets just a warning. Sigh, whatever.
  • I said last week that the Peterson can run for a million yards, but that the secret to success would be shutting down the purple passing game. Again, Peterson had a bunch of yards that yielded nothing. (I still stick by the run for 300 yards if you want as long as you kill clock and don’t score.)
  • No, it wasn’t the same as holding Barry Sanders to -1 yards, but holding AP to 99 garbage  yards is pretty much a win in my book.
  • Unlike last week, the defense was firing on all cylinders.
  • Loved Woodson’s aggressiveness last night. Didn’t seem rusty at all. He’s definitely hungry for an INT. But as much as I loved his physicality last night, I loved his eyes on the field.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Tramon Williams came to play!
  • So did Sammy Shields.
  • But the defense needs to improve on the whole wrapping up of the QB and dragging him to the ground when he takes off running if they want to neutralize Kaepernick next week. Seriously, gentlemen, if the quarterback has the ball and is running for the first down, take him down. Unless he is sliding, you still get to treat him like anyone else rushing with the ball.
  • Clay Matthews recorded his easiest sack ever. And it was glorious in its hilarity.
  • Still impressed when Walden rushes the QB.
  • Meanwhile on the offense, Rodgers proved that he is leagues above Joe Webb.
  • Behold, Rodgers remembered the check down pass!
  • But what is up with holding on to the ball and eating the sack? Dude, you are going to be the death of me yet!
  • Remember that whole San Francisco Passed Me Over grudge he still has? Love the fact that Aaron is headed to Candlestick, or whatever it’s called these days, with a chip on his shoulder the size of Montana. He always plays with a little extra determination when he wants to stick it to someone.
  • I hate–I mean HATE–running a draw play to Kuhn on third and short, even more when it’s run on the goal line. It became painfully predictable and everyone knows McCarthy’s going to call that same play. Everyone knows it. Every drunk in the stands is calling for Kuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhn!
  • That said, I’ll still take the TD, but I don’t want to see that call again. Seriously.
  • Thank God that DuJuan Harris was apparently a really crappy car salesman.
  • Come on Finley, you need to catch those balls in the end zone!
  • Seriously, do we need to put Donald Driver on the side of a milk carton? Is he just the odd man out, or is there more to his thumb than the organization is letting on?
  • Meanwhile in McCarthyland, Uncle Mike seems satisfied with only 45 minute of solid play. Not going to work against San Francisco or anyone else beyond that. Repeat after me: sixty minutes of hard play. Forget this whole prevent and coast crap. Pedal to the medal, take no prisoners, insert other aggressive play cliche here and don’t let up until the final whistle! Forty-five minutes of beef may work in the anemic NFC North, but it sure as heck isn’t going to fly in the playoffs. Ugh.
  • Isn’t it cute how the national media thinks the Packers  have no running game? No, it’s not flashy, but they score. Consistently at that. Let them continue to think that.
  • Yay, Mason Crosby!
  • Hey, Niners, we’re coming for you and your Pistol whatever.
 

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