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Rodgers, Pack's Playoff Hopes Take Major Hit

Posted December 12th, 2010 @ 09:12pm

This was the one that couldn't get away. These were the Lions, losers of 19 straight NFC North games and ten straight to the Pack. But when Aaron Rodgers foolishly failed to slide and got his brain scrambled, the Packers were finished and so might be their post-season hopes.

Yes, a 10-6 record might still get the Pack in, but now they're going to need help from their friends. First things first, Rodgers needs to get cleared to play--there's no guarantee he'll be ready at New England next Sunday night. The failure to slide is hard to understand. He'll learn from it, but it might turn out to be a very, very costly lesson.

The game turned earlier, when Greg Jennings failed to catch a bomb from Rodgers that was right in his hands and instead was intercepted. You had a feeling right then that this was not the Packers' day. The defense played very well, despite playing without Jenkins and losing Frank Zombo early to a knee injury. The Lions moved the ball on the ground, mostly on misdirection plays and with Stanton.

Meanwhile, Flynn was okay in relief. He'll dream about his interception for a few nights. First and goal and he threw an indefensible pick in the end zone. Protection was spotty throughout the game. The Lions front four won this game and dominated the line of scrimmage--even when Rodgers was in there.

The bottom line is the Packers lost to a 2-10 team playing with its third string quarterback. Any thoughts of winning out and claiming the #2 seed are ancient history. It's going to take a lot of work to start thinking about playing beyond January 2nd. It begins next Sunday night in Foxboro, where Tom Brady and the Patriots have won 26 straight games. Oh goodie.

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Comments (10):

You know maybe they were living on borrowed time with everyone on injured reserve...Rodgers was playing well and carrying them, he goes down and so does the morale and execution.

on December 12th, 2010 at 03:24pm

Just not ready to play... To uncalled fore turnovers and it was all down hill from there.. Still think NE will win but we are in trouble... MM you need to have this team ready for whoever we are playing and you didnt...

on December 12th, 2010 at 03:53pm

The Lions were going to do this sooner or later to someone, they aren't too bad and in fact, their defense seems rather solid. Hate saying it but maybe you have the Patriots and then the rest of the teams. Let's not forget, Cleveland still defeated NE, so maybe it can be done. What a laugher Chicago had at home, I'd be concerned whether they'll be able to bounce back if I were a fan of theirs. Good show.

on December 12th, 2010 at 07:08pm

There were two main reasons this game on the field was lost !!....and one of them was not losing AROD. The two main reasons are: (1) The absolute poor performance of the offensive line. Even when AROD was in there was no protection, many hurries, and no holes for the running backs...and most of the damage was done with the Lion 3 and 4 man front. Losing Colledge early probably hurt but you cant let this happen. ...probably Clifton's worst game of the year. (2)- Even with the poor OL performance MaCarthy play calling was brain dead. He even admitted this on his post game comments.With Flynn in why are we passing on first and goal on the Lion seven.....also too many pass plays on second and short that resulted in nothing. And why the long pass on that last play was criminal. You can not blame Flynn with the OL and MM's play selection it should not have happened to the Stanton led Lions. Let's hope ARODs condition let's him play against the PAT's. Let's not get too down yet.....GO PACK GO !!

on December 12th, 2010 at 07:45pm

this game was all on the offensive line, everyone always cuts down college but when he went out it really got bad. we all know though whe jennings missed that pass, I was with you Dave, I don't like the way this is going. but our defense kept coming up with turnovers. by the way. get tramon out of punt returns, put jordy back there. he is way to valuble and can't get hurt back there. with all our injuries on defense and as well as they keep playing our offense really let the team down. play flynn against patriots and take our chances at home with rodgers.

on December 13th, 2010 at 03:25pm

After a day and night of frustration with this loss I need to vent some more. Anger and emotion with this performance want you to blow up the whole situation but rational thinking tells me this team is close but just not there yet. It will be hard to make the playoffs this year and if we do not changes must come. Barring key injuries we have a building block roster. TT must add OL impact players, a running back with speed, another solid linebacker and rushing DE. Sounds like a lot but with a good draft and TT needs to use free agency to fill needs with impact players not role guys. As to the coaching if Macarthy stays he seriously should hire an Offensive Coordinator with experience on NFL level. We also need better OL and special team coaching. MM cannot seem to win the close games....we need an offense that can move the chains and not always go for the long play fantasy yards. Please TT no matter how this season ends bring in an offensive coordinator and if MM stays he can handle the big picture. How many times this year has he failed to use replay or get a grasp of the big picture in the close games? Take away the play calling and he may become a better coach. GO PACK GO !!

on December 13th, 2010 at 08:21am

4th and 1, two timeouts and over a minute to go...let's see what play should we call... how about a 30 yard pass to the end zone by our back up QB! i don't blame Flynn. Bad offensive line play and good defensive line play by the Lions determined the game. The fact is, when A Rodge was playing the whole first half, the Packers were doing NOTHING. South side: I know you were venting and you let my typo from last week go but... " and if MM stays he can handle the big picture. How many times this year has he failed to use replay or get a grasp of the big picture in the close games?" I think I know what you meant though. He is the head coach, and a proven OC would help game plan and most importantly call plays. MM really seems to struggle with the game on the line like it was at the end of the game yesterday. Big hole to dig out of for the Pack now! !and if MM stays he can handle the big picture. How many times this year has he failed to use replay or get a grasp of the big picture in the close games?

on December 13th, 2010 at 12:45pm

The warning signs of the Packers going in the wrong direction have been obvious over the last 3 weeks. Played a good game in Atlanta and had multiple opportunities to win that game, but didn't because of costly mistakes. Question...Did that loss take the wind out of our sails? I would say yes. Why? We did not play well in the 1st half against the 49ers. Our defense was giving up big plays and the offense looked sluggish. We woke up in the 2nd half and took control. Following week against the Lions, offense looks terrible giving the ball away and making huge mistakes. Defense plays well, but is on the field all day and eventually gives up a td, which ends up being the nail in the coffin. The boys have not played well consistently since the blowout win over the Vikings. The coaching or play calling has been questionable at times and has certainly played a role in the mediocre performances. Our injuries have been a major hurdle all year long, but now with the loss of Jenkins for the year and Rodgers & College for who knows how long, it looks like we should start looking to next year if there is one! Even if we should make the playoffs, it would probably be a butt whipping based on the personnel we can put on the field. At this point I would rather save the embarrassment of a playoff blowout and the let the hated Bears get their butts handed to them by the Giants or Atlanta.

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