Packers Find Wilson and the Seahawks in a Giving MoodPosted:Dec 12th, 2016 2:48 am
On a Sunday like this one, the only thing that dampened the mood was the sight of a gimpy Aaron Rodgers playing virtually the entire game with a hitch in his step. Otherwise, this was about as perfect an afternoon of football in recent memory.
Things that are more enjoyable than embarrassing the Seahawks:
1. Winning a Super Bowl.
2. Reaching a Super Bowl.
3. Getting a back massage from Scarlett Johansson (I'm assuming).
When the Packers struck on the third play from scrimmage with a 66 yard bomb from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams, it set the tone for the day. It also was the last time Rodgers felt like himself, since we learned he injured his right calf on that throw and was limited the rest of the day.
Despite the pain, he was nearly perfect, posting a quarterback rating of 150.8, missing on just five of his 23 passes. The defense provided the rest of the heroics. Five interceptions and a fumble recovery bailed out what was a leaking run defense once again. The Packers took away Jimmy Graham (just one catch for 16 yards) and made the Hawk receivers pay for letting the ball bounce off of them.
In a season where takeaways have been a rumor, it was the ideal day to get them in bunches to send a message to Seattle and the rest of the NFC, that this team still has a pulse, delivering a signature performance against an elite team.
For a while it was as frustrating to watch as it was exhilarating. First Randall Cobb is carted off with injuries to both of his ankles, then it was Ty Montgomery, then Jared Cook. Packer offensive players were dropping like flies. All but Cook returned--we await the severity of his chest injury. It looks like he's one of those players who just can't stay on the field.
The Pack opened the game running the ball on eight of their first ten plays, before letting Rodgers and the passing game take over. It wasn't a great day running the ball, but both Montgomery and Christine Michael were able to grind out positive runs, putting Rodgers and company in manageable down and distance situations.
As the Packers racked up the points, you almost felt sorry for the chewing gum in Pete Carroll's mouth. It weathered the brunt of the head coach's frustration. The Seahawks will be fine. They host the pitiful Rams on Thursday night and have a favorable schedule to close out the season. But at 2-4-1 on the road this season, they've shown that they are an entirely different team away from their precious 12s.
While this game looked on paper to be the Pack's toughest test before the finale in Motown, the Packers have to keep taking things week by week. The Bears are next and they took the Lions to the final gun in Detroit. They haven't quit and they'd like nothing more than spoiling Rodgers' and the Pack's 'running the table' plan. But we'll worry about that later in the week.
For now, let's enjoy a near perfect December afternoon at Lambeau. No Fail Mary, no whiffed onside kick, just a good old fashioned butt whooping delivered to the team that's been a thorn in our side the last few years.
After this 38-10 shellacking, and a third straight win, it appears that the Pack is back.