Packers XLV

Sweet Home, Chicago.

Posted December 30th, 2013 @ 03:12am

Where do we begin? It was a finish that will live forever in Packer lore. The Pack's two most explosive players, back on the field for the first time in forever, hook up on a 48 yard dagger in the final minute to deliver the Pack its third straight division title. On fourth and eight. At Soldier Field. Frankly, it doesn't get any better than this.

Quick 'pat on the back time.' I nailed this one, though it was a bit more dramatic than I imagined. I predicted the Pack would trail for a large chunk of this game and would win it on a late Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass. I called it 34-30, so I didn't get it exactly right, but it felt like a game where the offenses would dominate and turnovers would be the difference.

The turnovers ended up even at two apiece, but the weirdest one by far was the Rodgers fumble, which every player on the field and almost every coach thought was an incomplete pass. But the officials correctly (somehow) didn't blow their whistles and receivers coach Edgar Bennett wisely screamed ay Jarret Boykin to pick up the ball. Thank goodness the play happened on the Packers' side of the field. That gift touchdown gave the Pack the lead and another turnover led to three more quick points and the Packers had a six point halftime lead.

But after an encouraging first half effort by the defense, they reverted to their usual ways by allowing the Bears to score touchdowns the first three times they had the ball in the second half. The last one came on the first play of the fourth quarter and boosted the Bears' lead to eight. Don't know about you, but I didn't like the way this one was leaning.

Six plays later, Eddie Lacy found the end zone, culminating a six play, 77 yard drive. Rodgers hit Nelson, Quarless and Jones on the drive. By the way, what a day for Nelson. He's like a race car. For the past eight weeks the pit crew chief was behind the wheel. Today, Matt Kenseth was behind the wheel. I love that McCarthy kicked the extra point, rather than go for two and the tie. He knew the offense would get the ball again and didn't try to chase it.

And what a last drive it was. Starting on their own 13 with about 6 1/2 minutes to play, the Pack converted three fourth downs to keep their season alive. The last one was the 48 yarder to Cobb that won the game. To have Rodgers and Cobb back and to see them hook up twice in the biggest game of the season, well it made a long, frustrating season suddenly morph into an exciting, division-winning ride that will continue for another week, at least.

In come the 49ers next Sunday afternoon at 3:30. The team that opened and closed the Packers' season with losses last year and then did it again in week one, visits Lambeau and we'll find out what the Packers plan to do to corral Colin Kaepernick, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and company.

But we know this. Rodgers and Cobb are healthy and extremely grateful to be back on the football field. Enough crazy things have happened this season to make you believe anything is possible for this team.


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I listen to Packer Preview each week on 1490 in Duluth or online. One of the most gratifying regular season wins in a while since it was in Chicago and it was for the division. Looking forward to next week's show and the 49er's. With the Vikes out, can we get more than 30 minutes? Keep it going Dave!

on December 29th, 2013 at 09:41pm

If KFAN doesn't put anything Vikings on, they'll probably find something else to put on the radio to keep Packers Preview at a half hour, Paul. Wow Dave! Good call on the score, who would have guessed 33-28? What a fitting end to the game watching Shields pick off Jay Cutler's final desperate pass! I hope the Packers can find a way to beat the 49ers when they welcome them to Lambeau Field. Welcome back Aaron Rodgers & Randall Cobb, you both were missed! Go Pack!

on December 29th, 2013 at 10:00pm

Your wish is my command. "Packer Preview" goes back to its old time: 8-9 next Sunday! I will take calls too!

on December 29th, 2013 at 10:12pm

what a win!!!, nice call Davey, I was off a bit, I said 38-34 pack. but I sure was right on Forte, God he kills us. that is digging the drama, Voice. now we move on for another week.. we need to stop gore and that damn spread option. we stopped it the 1st game of the year, but kappy killed us, remember 400 yds, passing and 81 had 200 yards receiving. nice to have 12 back. i just hope it's in the 20's not 10 below wind chill again, our guys don't like it either. s.f. is favored by 2 1/2 pts. not sure on prediction yet, but, I have to say this Davey, how come you can pat yourself on the back and you get all over me when I do it? it's good to be THC. go Pack, and dig the drama.

on December 30th, 2013 at 01:09pm

So much for the old myth that Aaron Rodgers can't produce a late comeback win. Converting 3 fourth downs and throwing the game winner on the third one on that final drive is something no one else to my recollection in Packers or NFL history has ever done.

on December 30th, 2013 at 05:18am

We've had one year to prepare for two revenge games. 1st. 49ers & 2nd. Seahawks. Go Pack GO

on December 30th, 2013 at 07:24pm

Congrats Davy on getting the hour on the FAN. Also besides your score prediction your game plays were right on. This game shows how much Rodgers covers up for a porous defense that needs a major overhaul next year. But...lets enjoy this ride...Packlifer you are right....Rodgers leading 4th quarter last TD drive will go down as the best in Pack history to date. Lets hope for cold weather for those guys from the Left Coast !! Some old history back slapping: I was the guy that pointed out for the Pack to go after Randall Cobb in the draft when no one ever heard of him. Thankfully TT listened to me !! We will miss Mathews and Jolly against the Left Coasters and Kapernick will test our LB's. Also MD Jennings had some bad miscues again in the Bear game and Capers again brought in his relief pitcer: Shaun Richardson. Kap will exploit the deep routes with Boldin and Crabtree and the guy who always hurts us...Vernon Davis. But with Rodgers anything is possible !! GO PACK GO !!

on December 30th, 2013 at 07:52am

Agreed with your take on the game Dave, with my score 38-35. Just NO confidence in our lack of a pass rush, the play of our LBs, and the continued poor play of the secondary. As long as #12 is under center we"ll score with anybody and I like my chances Sunday. Once again P.A. and his Bears pick proves once again with his disdain for the GBP, he has no objectivity. Looking forward to the hour show Sunday. My many thanks to KFAN with the hope that keep it at an hour next year. Slainte!!!!

on December 30th, 2013 at 09:15am

Yay for taking calls this Sun!

on December 30th, 2013 at 10:35am

Hey! We get to keep playing for another week. We won the division and finish the regular season with a winning record. Most the teams in the league can't say that. What ever happens on Sunday, we are still lucky to be Packers' fans and to cheer on a quality team with a quality organization behind it.

on December 30th, 2013 at 11:14am

Is this great, or what?!? ARE YOU STILL DIGGIN' THE DRAMA???

on December 30th, 2013 at 11:27am

Congrats Dave on getting the back hour show - hopefully it will continue 3 more weeks and next year. Looking forward to listening as always. Found a Packer backer bar in Enterprise Alabama and loved the game. Go Pack

on January 1st, 2014 at 12:06pm

I was in Chicago at that game ... very, very hostile with it being the late game (i.e. drunk fans to say the least). That TD pass to Cobb hung in the air for what seemed like 10 minutes and we did some very silent celebrating. But we kept our cool and exited Soldier Field as fast as we could. My sister-in-law and I got interview by FOX News. Luckily they edited out the swearing/screaming guy behind us. It did get aired on their local news too. Can't decide if that was exciting or embarrassing as we were sporting some pretty obnoxious Packer pants, but did take our jerseys off over our coats to prevent further heckling on the exit out. What a game, what a finish -- my heart still palpitates watching that last TD pass. What a block by Kuhn on other than Peppers. Ya just can't write this script!

on January 3rd, 2014 at 02:46pm

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