Packers XLV

Packers Serve Notice: They're Ready for the Playoffs

Posted December 23rd, 2012 @ 11:12pm

This is exactly what the Packers needed. A laugher. A stroll through the park. The Pack hasn't scored 55 points on anyone since Lynn Dickey was chuckin' it to Lofton and JJ. Green Bay's utter domination of the Titans locked up no worse than the third seed and gave the Pack a bit more swagger as they get set for next week's game in Minnesota.

As I write this, the 49ers game has yet to be played. I'll update what next week's game means to the Pack after the Sunday night game is decided. But if Seattle wins, next week's game becomes big for the Pack: a win would give them the #2 seed and a first round bye. The Vikings are the #6 seed if they can knock off Green Bay. That could set up a wildcard rematch at Lambeau the following weekend.  Fun stuff.

But first, Sunday's virtuoso performance by the defense: seven sacks, two picks and only 180 yards of offense for the Titans. The Pack lost my predicted shutout in the game's final two minutes but the defense was in control from the start. Jake Locker was completely lost all day, converting only two third downs and completing only 13 of 30 passes for 140 yards. I loved his Flounder-like first half passer rating: 0.0.

Offensively, the Pack was humming. Four rushing touchdowns: they came into the game with five for the season. Ryan Grant looked fresh, with 80 yards on 20 carries. Nice to see Greg Jennings catch seven balls as Aaron Rodgers spread the wealth between, #85, Jones, Finlet and Cobb. The latter is the one big concern coming out of this one. Cobb left the game with an ankle injury. He jogged off the field, but headed to the locker room soon after. It's obviously a big deal on many levels if he's not 100% in two weeks.

Rodgers was his usual brilliant self, completely 71% of his passes for 342 with three TD passes and a touchdown run. The offense is catching fire at just the right time and the team should get healthier, with Nelson and Woodson assumed back for the post-season.

Things went so well for the Pack on this day that even Mason Crosby went two for two on field goals. Granted, one hit the right upright before squeezing through, but hey, it's still two for two.

It was a complete performance, the best of the season, at the perfect time. Unless next week's game gets flexed, the Pack will take the field at Mall of America Field next Sunday with a shot at the #2 seed. The 49ers host Arizona at 3:00 next weekend--a presumed win. So if San Francisco knocks off Seattle on Sunday night, the Pack will most likely be looking at the #3 seed and a likely first round date with either the Vikings or Bears, depending on the outcome in Minneapolis. Wow.

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Comments (10):

Dave Do you think after Cobb was dinged up after the return, do you think they will let someone else return kick? The guy s a stud and as far as I'm concerned he has proved to be a better asset then Percey Harvin is to the Vikings. It just scares the crap it of me when he is back there. I would much rather have him get hurt on a offencive play rather then a special teams play.

on December 23rd, 2012 at 07:34pm

Davey, things are lining up for the #2 seed with ex-Badger Russell Wilson and the Seahawks handling the Niners. So far, so good anyway. I'd love to see the Vikings game moved to a national prime time audience. Living in Minnesota, I'd love to see the Pack steamroll the Vikes and keep Eric Dickerson's record in tact while they're at it. Lets get Cobb healthy and get Woodson back while we're at it.

on December 23rd, 2012 at 08:50pm

Dave - Hard to believe the Pack and the Vikes will be playing such a meaningful game on the last day of the season - No one would have predicted this back in September!

on December 23rd, 2012 at 11:40pm

This was the kind of game I hoped the Pack would have but didn't think it would happen with all the injuries. I don't know whether the Packers were that good or Tennessee that bad; the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of that 49 point differential. Now, with the 49ers losing big last night at Seattle, the Packers have the second "seed" for the playoffs and the bye on the Wild Card round in two weeks. Provided they win at Minisota next Sunday or San Fran. loses again. The season finale, which looked like a mop up on the schedule at the beginning of the year, now has real meaning for the Packers to play to win. How sweet it would be for the Pack to knock the Queens out of the playoffs and deny Adrian Peterson the season rushing record and MVP award on their home ground.

on December 24th, 2012 at 06:46am

Great Game and Great call Davey on the the almost shutout. I didn't see this coming at all. the titans offense is bad but the d is top 15. I am watching the game with my family and friends and just before the punt to cobb, I said it's 27 nothing he should not even be back there, it's not worth it, the game is over, funny, he gets hurt, my family was like how do u do that? shut up! I sure hope he is ok, I would use harris back there for kickoffs and ross on punts or jordy, if he plays, and just fair catch everything, no fumbles. if we don't turn it over , I may be nuts but 38-10 is jumping at me. I do not want to play those queens 3 times and listen to paul allen and others selling hope all week again. Go pack

on December 24th, 2012 at 10:50am

What a blast to watch! Finally, the Pack don't let up and put TN away. Their D played great and I love seeing the run game.

on December 25th, 2012 at 07:51pm

I don't have a problem with Cobb being on special teams as well as offense. Give him the ball as many times as possible. If you have a guy like that, you don't sit him for fear of an injury. Yes it's a tough game, but he's a tough guy. If you're playing poker and you have four 10's in your hand, do you fold because you think the guy next to you might possibly have four kings? Merry Christmas everyone!

on December 25th, 2012 at 09:16pm

I could care less if AP gets his 210 or whatever it'll take to pass Dickerson. As long as the Vikings are resting the entire squad next week at this time, it's all good.

on December 26th, 2012 at 02:46pm

Head Cheese (and Packer Fans), I remember you talking about this upcoming border battle on the FAN back at the beginning of the season with PA. Do you remember how cocksure you were? Talking about the Pack resting their starters? As a purple and gold fan, there's a part of me that wishes you were resting starters, but as a football fan, I think we can all agree this game will be EPIC. Can't wait to see all of you Packuhs fans at the Dome (sigh)...so you can witness football immortality when AP goes 210 again!

on December 26th, 2012 at 11:47am

This game will not be "EPIC". At least not for Packer fans. On Sunday we'll play indoors on the fast turf, in perfect passing conditions, with Clay Matthews. I like our chances. Even if we loose, we get an instant shot at redemption and we are still in the playoffs. Sure, we'll remember whether or not AP gets the record against us, but he's a great back. As long as we win, I'll give the vikes that token. Somehow PA has turned the last meeting into a "so close" affair. Sure the Vikes won the first quarter, but the Pack won the next three. This game is for VIkings season. The Packers already got that.

on December 27th, 2012 at 08:49am

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