Packers XLV

What Do You Write When You Have No Words?

Posted January 19th, 2015 @ 03:01am

4th and 26th sounds pretty good right about now.

It takes quite a bit to render me speechless. It took me three hours to even look at my laptop and then another 3o minutes before I could bring myself to start tapping the keys. What we witnessed over the last 5:04 of the NFC title game will stay with us always. We finally have our own Gary Anderson game, our own Favre pick against the Saints.

And ours is miles worse. This collapse, the biggest in NFL playoff history, had several 'shake your head in disbelief' moments. Brandon Bostick wears the goat horns for swinging and missing on the onside kickoff, but there was plenty of blame to go around.

We can blame Morgan Burnett for not returning Russell Wilson's pick--heading to the ground and passing up plenty of free yards in front of him (though I had no problem with that decision--the last thing we needed was the ball getting punched out and Seattle getting it back).

We can blame Mike McCarthy for ultra conservative play calling down the stretch. The running game had no chance against a suddenly feisty Seahawks run defense that knew what was coming.

We can blame Ha Ha Clinton Dix, who played an otherwise fantastic game, for his incomprehensible miss on Wilson on the two point conversion play. This is the play I keep playing over in my head. If he finishes the play, the lead is one and Rodgers is ready to lead the team down the field for a game winning field goal. That's how this one was supposed to end. With a boot by the perfect Mason Crosby to send the Pack to its sixth Super Bowl.

Instead, we will think about what cost the team on this day; the same problems we've been dealing with all season. It starts with special teams. As dependable as Crosby was on this day, the special teams gave up seven blocked kicks or punts in the regular season and gave up two of the biggest plays in this game: the fake field goal that put the 'Hawks first points on the board and the botched recovery of the onside kick.

The team was troubled in the red zone all season. When you settle for field goals at Lambeau (like they did against the Patriots), you can escape. When you settle for field goals against a team like Seattle at their place, you're playing with fire. When two first half drives stalled at the one, and McCarthy didn't trust the offense to convert, you had to be worried. I certainly was.

I could go on. But I don't want to. In time we'll remember we have the game's best QB, a young, improving defense and a team that will be in the mix again next season. But until the Pack returns to the Super Bowl, this game will sit in our gut, churning around, and we'll think about what might have been. The Packers choked away their ticket to Super Bowl 49 in epic fashion.

Vikings fans, finally, finally I think we all understand what it's been like for you.  For the first time we feel your pain. And it hurts.

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Nobody on here anymore? Dave could you give some insight into the post I made earlier. I was really disappointed that Harris did not get more opportunities out of the backfield this past year. I like Starks, but I think Harris is more explosive and maybe a better receiver out of the backfield. Is there a problem with his attitude?

on February 14th, 2015 at 11:33am

Oh what might have been .... damn it all - still mad ... you play to WIN THE GAME!!!! - Herm

on February 1st, 2015 at 09:31pm

Just RELAX. You'll be fine. LOL.

on January 18th, 2015 at 09:47pm

I hope MM has learned that when you've got the best QB in the NFL you don't have to run the ball all of the time. Hat's off to the D, they were ball hawks today and had the game won but after the last interception why did they drop to their knee when there's still 5 minutes left???? Can they also get rid of Hawk, please? Wow, how could we lose this?

on January 18th, 2015 at 09:51pm

I feel your Pain Davey. Being a vikings fan and witnessing the Anderson missed FG vs Falcons game, 41-0 vs the Giants and 12 men on the field vs NOLA, it stings for a long while. But it's good to have been there too. I can't imagine being a Browns or Lions fan. As always, you are always my #1 Packers fan. Hang in there Packer fans!

on January 18th, 2015 at 09:58pm

With all due respect to the pain you feel today, it isn't even close to what Viking fans felt in '99 and '09. The Packers have four Lombardi trophies. Nothing can compare to the pain of missing out on your first after waiting for decades. Ask Red Sox or Cubs fans.

on January 18th, 2015 at 10:18pm

Biggest NFL playoff collapse? Not quite. Remember Oilers-Bills in 1993? Houston was up by 32 and lost in overtime.

on January 18th, 2015 at 11:05pm

Sure there are more important things in life...your health, your family, your friends, your job, your religion, and maybe even your golf game....BUT BOY THIS HURTS !! I go back to 1999 in a playoff game against SF with 3 seconds left Steve Young hits Terrell Owens with a 25 yard pass for a 30-27 SF victory. You say to yourself this can never hurt like this again. Fast forward 5 years to a playoff game in Philadelphia. Pack had a 14-0 lead in that game. With under 2 minutes to go in game Donovan McNabb on 4th and 26 hits Freddie Mitchell with a 28 yard pass and Pack goes on to lose that game 20 -17. You say to yourself I cant believe I will ever see a more devasting loss in Packer time. Fast forward to Jan 18, 2014 and this hard to believe in the Packers 95 plus years of history was "THE" worst. Those first two were in earlier playoff games...this was for the Super Bowl. This game was filled with "WHY's !! Why did MM send an early tone of playing not to lose instead of playing to win?? Why did we get only 2 FG's after having 7 plays inside the Seattle 6 yard line? Why is AJ Hawk even on the field? Why is Bostick leaping into the air to try and catch the onside kick when he admitted after the game his job was to block off defenders and let Jordy Nelson who was right behind him make the catch? Why was HA HA who played a great game up to then acting like a statue on that Wilson to Wilson infield popup for the two points? Why were we only 3 for 14 on third downs? Answer: see the first why question.Why did we give up a 29 yd pass on 3rd and 19 before the fake field goal ?? Why was there no help on the winning TD pass from a safety? Why is Slocum our special team coach?? Why will we have to hear Aaron Rodgers compared to Peyton Manning as to season success but playoff failure. wife says at least you can be not so uptight watching the Super Bowl because your team is out. No...I cant...this one hurts this old guy who has seen too many of these Packer never to be seen games. I usually end with Go Pack Go....but today I end with WHY PACK WHY !!

on January 18th, 2015 at 11:10pm

Dave, I always appreciate your analysis and your takes on things. As Vikes fan, I must admit there was a hint of schadenfreude in me as I watched your squad become unglued. Still, I grudgingly think Rogers is the best in the game and I'm a silent fan. Wondering if your worried that McCarthy is missing too many Championship opportunities with your all-time, all-world QB? With football, Rogers career can be gone with any snap, are you comfortable continuing to roll with McCarthy long-term?

on January 19th, 2015 at 01:22pm

At least Brandon Bostick tried to make a play. That is one more that we got out of the coaching staff. I must have missed the announcement that Marty Schottenheimer had been named head coach. At one time we had a coach who would go for a touchdown from the one yard line on the final play in -15 weather. Now we have one who won't try from the one foot line four minutes into a game.

on January 19th, 2015 at 02:49pm

"We finally have our own Gary Anderson game, our own Favre pick against the Saints.Vikings fans, finally, finally I think we all understand what it's been like for you. For the first time we feel your pain. And it hurts". Except cheese In those Vikings losses Viking Fans saw the Window of opportunity slam shut. Plus every obnoxious and intoxicated Packer fan slamming it in your face. Any time you wear purple in this state. We had 2 of these within 15 years! Plus the 187Darin Nelson drop against Washington. Your Window of opportunity is not shut. As you pointed out. you have the best QB in the league. A young defense I did not give enough credit to. And with Adams also emerging. this is the team to beat next year in the NFC. Is it me or does Pete Carol Bug anyone else? like salt in a wound. Collectively let's just make sure we keep the bears in the Celler.

on January 19th, 2015 at 03:44am

It is more epic than the 4th and 26. It is like Bill Buckner's booted ground ball. It is like Steven Bartman deflecting the fly ball which cost the Cubs the World Series. This stands at the top handful of collapses across all pro sports.

on January 19th, 2015 at 06:11am

The Packers were expected to lose, just not this way. There's an old saying about football being a game of inches. The Packers came up short by inches in too many situations in yesterday's game. On offense, on defense, on special teams all. For the coming offseason they will have to live with the memory that they were five minutes from the Super Bowl. But the window of opportunity remains open. They have a couple of big free agency issues to deal with but will return essentially the offense intact next season. There's time to do upgrades on the defense. They can learn from yesterday's championship game and the loss at Buffalo that put in in Seattle instead of Lambeau what it takes to be a Super Bowl team and close those inches short. I suspect that by the time training camp opens next summer Vegas will have the Pack as the NFC favorites for next year's Super Bowl.

on January 19th, 2015 at 06:39am

Was it my birthday? Or just one of the best losses by this GB squad. It was great to watch a team as arrogant as GB fall apart in front of our very eyes. A team where you have Rodgers and his stupid smirk he makes because he feels like he is the best QB in the league. Guess what? He's not. 9-0 at home, you are expected to win at home 4-5 on the road and Rodgers looks like a shell of himself. He didn't have a good game either. 100 some odd yards, 1 TD and a pick? He didn't do the team any favors. This team is all on his shoulders and will always be on his shoulders, and when he does poorly not even their crummy defense who showed a glimmer of power can help this team. Great loss. I love hearing how the Vikings choke....This was an EPIC choke. Whats even better? Seeing all you bandwagon jumpers jump off that wagon once it went up in flames at CenturyLink Field.

on January 19th, 2015 at 08:11pm

Dave, you pointed to the Burnett interception and I so did I. When he didn't return that, I was scared the team had stopped playing. I told people the game was not over. They said otherwise. I was right. They took their foot of the gas. They turned their back on the monster. It got up and it slashed us. Yeah, those worst part is that this could have been a blow out victory.

on January 19th, 2015 at 08:37am

Didn't Farve throw a pick to the Giants in OT one year in the playoffs while with the Packers? I thought he was an equal opportunity crushing-INT thrower. Anyway, as a Vikings fan, while I enjoyed seeing the Seachickens beat the Pack, I do feel bad for that Bostick guy. I wish it was Jordy who dropped that on-sides recovery (he dropped that 94 yard TD against Bills to cost me a fantasy football championship). Can't feel too bad for you guys though, since you have the best QB in the league and will have plenty more chances at the Super Bowl in the next half dozen or so years.

on January 19th, 2015 at 09:51am

Oh what a game! McCarthy turned into a huge pussy down the stretch. Bostick for MVP. And all of the tears that rolled down into your beer cheese soup.

on January 19th, 2015 at 10:22am

"We finally have our own Gary Anderson game, our own Favre pick against the Saints." The Packer fans should be used to this. Brett Favre was king of playoff meltdowns, this is nothing new.

on January 19th, 2015 at 10:30am

As I expected, the mood is pretty sour this morning, and understandably so. This one stings, for sure. No one single event contributed to this loss - it was a team effort. That being said, the Pack will still be in the mix next season. I'll feel better about it in a day or two - over the years I've learned to let stuff like this go much sooner than I used to. So now I'll join my nephew's bandwagon and root for the repeat to not happen - GO PATS!

on January 19th, 2015 at 10:36am

Davey As a Vikings fan, I empathize with you. But we never had a game in the bag like you did. It was the perfect storm for GB in the first half. Then in the 4th quarter GB couldn't do anything and Beastmode Wilson combo starting clicking. That UW kid has something magic about him. I do have one question. Can I get that KFAN press pass you requested in week 8? Ouch !!!!

on January 19th, 2015 at 11:00am

Burnett with the kneel down with five minutes to play!!!!!! And it was VETERAN Julius Peppers waving him to lay down rather than play it out with LOTS of green in front of him down the left sideline. All the rest are just execution errors. The Burnett play is unexplainable and unacceptable and bugs me the most about the whole day. It sent a huge message to everyone that we're playing not to lose...and we all know how that turned out.

on January 19th, 2015 at 11:04am

I ditto LDF and OSSG comments exactly. kind of scary I said same thing. I told my wife and friends watching the game. haha could have been a hero twice, you guys forget he dropped another one before the one he was in quick sand on 2 point play. another thing I told my wife, the game itself probably won't hurt as much as the all the media and minny rubes having fun talking about it. MM has to take this loss. 12 tried very hard not to put MM under the bus, but he did say. we didn't stay aggressive. I told my buddies, on 1st down after Burnett fumble. fake to 27 and roll out to drop off th TE rodgers , he would have been wide open for 8 yds. and u get a 1st down game over. I kept saying all last week Wilson the te we need to watch, didn't think he would get 2 pt. conversion that never should have happened though. he didn't do much before that.but like Dave said, haha make a play, and we are going to super bowl, and everyone would have forgot about all the screw ups. Go Packers. we will be in super bowl 50

on January 19th, 2015 at 12:06pm

As a Vikings fan.......watching that was like winning a super bowl. Feel the pain

on January 19th, 2015 at 12:28am

Maybe Brandon Bostick and T.J. Rubley can start a support group.

on January 20th, 2015 at 03:11pm

Dave, Did you think the Packers attacked Richard Sherman enough once he was so obviously injured? I didn't think the Packers did a good job in that area at all.

on January 20th, 2015 at 04:06am

Vikings would have just added a fifth lost Super Bowl to their resume in 1999 and 2009. Robert Smith got hurt in the 99 title game and Vikings had other big injuries as well. Denver would have throttled them. As far as 2009, Purple had six fumbles and lost three of them along with two interceptions - in the NFC title game. Remember, Vikings really were playing poorly at the end of that season. I think it's hard to see that they would have defeated a very strong Indy team that year. I'm a Cleveland Browns fan and while my team lost 3 AFC title games in the 1980's - the things I hate about that is that the fumble is the only thing Earnest Byner is remembered for. And that those games are what Marty Schottenheimer will be remembered for. Marty was a really good coach. And that we lost to Horseface and the Broncos all three times. If it had just been a different team - one of those times.... I have no illusions that my team would have been competitive against the 1986 Giants, 1987 Redskins or 1989 49ers. 49ers beat Denver 55-10 in Super Bowl - they might have beat us 70-10. Viking fans have to get a little realistic. They don't ever want to accept that it would have been another Super Bowl loss had they won one of those ill fated NFC title games.

on January 20th, 2015 at 04:13am

Gotta love Packers fans that always have to add a little shot at Vikings fans whenever they we know how you feel. Lol. The Packers have had some success in the playoffs, and that's great, but lets not pretend that the playoff losses year after year didn't happen. Or that from '68-92 the Packers made the playoffs twice. The Packers have had a lot of success, but let's not pretend this is the first time the cheeseheads have been disappointed.

on January 20th, 2015 at 07:36pm

Just to clear one thing up, after the Burnett interception there was more like 8 plus minutes left as the pack went three and out punted and Seattle did the same. It then was with just under 5 they had the ball back again and ran 3 straight causing seattle to use 2 time-outs. What was Matthews doing out of the game during a couple of 4th quarter drives? With closer to 10 minutes left in the game Burnett should have run the ball down the sideline. He had a legit shot at scoring but this was just one of many gaffes the Pack get to think about in the offseason. The question is will they recover and will a great receiving corps be broken up? Bostock for all intents and purposes is gone and not just because of his lapse in judgement. His play has been a disappointment when he has been able to stay healthy.

on January 23rd, 2015 at 04:00pm

The hardest mistake I have trouble with, is the lack of effort by Clinton Dix on that 2 pt.conversion. I would love to hear what happened on that. Why don't they use Cobb on an option type play with him throwing the ball or keeping it? I know he was a quarterback at Kentucky. All year long I kept waiting for that to happen. When they got into the situation late in the game Seattle never would have expected it. Some will say you can't take the ball away from Rodgers. Well they did that handing the ball off to Lacy over and over. We all know McCarthy can get conservative. I'm hoping this is a wake up call and some things change with the offense. One more question I have is why don't they give Harris more opportunities to run the ball. He is a Sproles type back which would be a good change up from Lacy. Is he a problem in the locker room or what is the problem?

on January 24th, 2015 at 04:00pm

just to clear your facts up man of stihl, your wrong. burnett int. was with 5.13 left, pack started drive with 5.04 left. look it up. i have watched the game 3 times now, and look it up on box score and play by play stats. anyone that reads this blog, know I know my facts. that is where I say, and agree with you, that we fake it to lacy and roll out to right to Rodgers the te and he would pick up 8-10 yards. we get a 1st down.they were over playing the run so bad, and you have 12 the mvp of the league not ponder at qb. just played scared, that is why we lost. just getting the stats right though. Go Packers

on January 24th, 2015 at 10:33am

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