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Packers Hang On to Knockout Favre, Vikings

Posted October 25th, 2010 @ 03:10am

I'm sitting in a very quiet Packers press box, moments after a heart-stopping Packer victory over the Vikings, willing my heart rate to slow down. The Packers finally defeated Favre and the Vkings and in the process saved their season.

Amazing as it sounds, the Pack finds itself in a virtual tie for first place in the North, where 9 wins might be enough to win the division. The Packers were forced to play most of the game defensively in a package with just two d-linemen. Cullen Jenkins aggravated a hamstring in pregame warmups and couldn't go. Then Ryan Pickett re-injured his ankle and was forced to leave the game early. Credit Capers and the D with doing just enough with a unit missing four opening game starters (Barnett, Burnett, Pickett and Jenkins).

Favre was abysmal, with a passer rating around 50 and three second half picks. He tweaked his ankle in the second half--but it only seemed to bother him after a pick or an imcompletion. Seriously, did he act this way when he played with the Pack? The pick by Bishop was a gift after a good hit by rookie C.J. Wilson. Collins' pick was the defensive play of the game.

On a night when Aaron Rodgers threw the first red zone interception of his career and continually missed on back shoulder throws, the offense did enough at key moments to earn the win. The 200 yards in the first quarter came so easily it looked like the Pack would move the ball at will. But two interceptions and a really strange deep pass on a third and two stalled a couple of drives that could have extended the lead.

The reviews went the Pack's way on this night. McCarthy's two first half challenges both overturned plays, in the second one, reversing a Shiancoe TD and forcing the Purple to settle for 3. Then the late near TD to Harvin was reviewed, showing the electric second year man came down out of bounds. How does the official, who's standing right there, miss that call?

Call it a season saving victory for the Pack, who will ride a little momentum into their Halloween matchup with the Jets. And for those of us here at Lambeau, an opportunity to soak this in for a while in the parking lot.

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Comments (19):

I don't even know what to say, this made thnigs so much easier!

on January 19th, 2012 at 03:49am

Well I guess I don't have to spend the wekeend figuring this one out!

on January 19th, 2012 at 09:26pm

Big help, big help. And superlative news of curose.

on January 19th, 2012 at 11:25am

We definitely need more smart people like you aurond.

on January 20th, 2012 at 12:48am

Your article was excleelnt and erudite.

on January 21st, 2012 at 03:01am

Ab fab my gooldy man.

on January 21st, 2012 at 04:36am

That saves me. Thanks for being so sesinble!

on January 21st, 2012 at 10:11am

idiot. i loved watchn brett fllaniy come out to the public. love that. he looked a little nervous doind this analyst shit but i sure look forward to seeing him do it for nfl network or espn or sumthing related for the nfl. always will be a packer and im still rooting for you brett. except wen you wore purple of course i didnt. packers legend for ever and im thankful i watched you growind up since i was 9. im 27 now.glad that you single handedly put green bay back on the map.

on May 18th, 2012 at 05:53pm

she got her great love for football from you. She said she could remeebmr sitting with you watching a game and you explained every play. You were always a good teacher. Remeber when you tried to tell me how a battery worked? Lots of memories coming to mind from your blog.Love Ya,Mom

on May 18th, 2012 at 10:15pm

Mike- the main thing that concerns me is the hatleh of this Viking team. They will be without S. Rice, Sullivan, Cook, C. Griffen ..that's some key players. The oline has to reshuffle to account for Sullivan and they're a little light in the secondary. Not a good formula facing the best passing offense in the NFL next Thursday.

on May 20th, 2012 at 01:53am

Your latest work has been great stuff. I do aaerpcipte the insight with the Twins and Vikings and thought your take on the Twins was right on especially the part with Ozzie and Gardy. Good work Mike. Keep it up..Kissy

on May 20th, 2012 at 05:38am

I totally agree with MaxMcGee guy.. Looks like I was a week off with my Jones prediction he had 4 big catches for us for 107 yards. What a W!!!

on October 25th, 2010 at 07:33am

living in Fargo i always enjoy listening to whining and crying from viking fans and do you notice its always the refs fault when they get beat when it comes to big games! it will be a great day!!!!!

on October 25th, 2010 at 08:08am

I just had to write in here. I live in MN. and the guy on the news said it exactly right. His comment was that the Viking's fans couldn't stand Favre for 17 years, now they love him. It was a great win, and lets hope the pack can do it with the Jets!

on October 25th, 2010 at 08:30am counter all the Viking Fans whining on bad ref calls here are 4 bad calls that went against the Pack...(1)- The Frank Walker push on the long pass to Jennings...(2)- the out of bounds hit on Harvin by Collins that gave the Vikes 15 yds to hilite their scoring drive...(3)- the ball placement on the should have been first down to Jennings in the 4th quarter...(4)- the ball placement on Kuhns 4th down carry in the 4th quarter when he was obviously moving the pile. All of these calls were questioned by Collinsworth on TV as terrible. It was a nice to beat the Vikes but we got to stop these injuries....we are now using OL men as DL men in goal line situations and are most glaring loss is Finley as Rodgers needs him. Also sad to see Diver's streak end at 133 ....but you could see his only use was as a decoy as he has a quad injury. Give the game ball to the Ol and DL.

on October 25th, 2010 at 08:56am

Hey Dave, Would you mind splicing together P.A.'s "Yes! Yes! Yes!" call on the Harvin TD (ruled out of bounds) with the Nate Poole "Noooooo". Looking forward to next week's Packer Preview! Thanks Dave! GO PACK!

on October 25th, 2010 at 12:15am

I take it as a very good sign that the best player (A Rodge) had a bad game and the Pack still won. Favre's picks were not flukes. Great pressure forced the picks. Hats off to the defense. "Old south side guy" has it right: OL and DL won it! This game gives me hope that if we can get to the bye week and get some guys healthy, we will look a lot more like the "super bowl favorite" everyone saw at the beginning of the season!

on October 25th, 2010 at 12:47pm

Favre was clearly annoyed and intimidated by all the Clay Matthews talk. He preferred to throw a pic than let Clay sack him with the ball. There's your "team player" Viking fans.

on October 27th, 2010 at 05:57pm

So the Vikings received an apology from the NFL - big deal- the Packers have a bucket full of apologies. Perhaps the Vikings need a little cheese with their whine.

on October 29th, 2010 at 09:36am

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