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Packers Make Giant Statement vs. New York

Posted December 27th, 2010 @ 12:12am

The Packers passed their first "playoff" test with flying colors Sunday at Lambeau, completely dismantling the Giants 45-17, setting up a date with the Bears next Sunday that will determine whether the Pack can claim the last playoff berth.

Everything went right for the Pack, who were opportunistic on defense, picking off Eli Manning four times and forcing a couple of fumbles. The six turnovers were the most for the Giants in six years. The Packers were also stout against the run, keeping Bradshaw and Jacobs in check.

But this game belonged to Aaron Rodgers, who had a career day when he had the most to prove. Sporting a new helmet designed to prevent another concussion, Rodgers was brilliant, passing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns and putting up a near perfect passer rating. Once again, the Pack was effective enough on the ground to keep the pass rush honest. Though Bryan Bulaga struggled against Justin Tuck, Rodgers moved around enough to keep the fierce pass rusher at bay.

So let's see. Explosive passing attack: check. Productive ground game: check. Solid run defense: check. Ball-hawking secondary: check. Solid special teams play: check. In short, the game exceeded all expectations. A four touchdown beat down that doesn't quite make up for the '08 title game, but sure feels good in a season that began with such high hopes, but has too often been derailed by injuries and close losses.

The next test comes against the Bears, in a game that has been moved to a 3:15 start. If the Eagles win out at home against third string QBs for the Vikings and Cowboys, the Bears would need to beat the Pack to claim the #2 seed in the NFC and a bye. And as you know, a win by the Pack over the Bears would create a wildcard weekend rematch at Soldier Field--just like last year's scenario with the Cardinals.

But for a day or two, let's salute the Pack for a complete effort and a dominant performance against the Giants. Man, it feels good.

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What was the Crowd Chanting near the end? I couldn't quite make it out. I am hoping for an exact repeat of this game against the Bears. We just gotta figure out that darn Hester thing.

on December 26th, 2010 at 07:23pm

I wrote in an earlier comment on this blog that the two most important stats in a football game are turnover ratio and performance on third downs on both offense and defense. Our turnover ratio was 6-1 leading to 24 points while giving up 7. Offensively we converted on 5 of 11 third downs while holding the Giants to only 5 of 14 third down. These two stats win football games. In the close games we have lost this year we have not dominated these two stats like we did today. In execution Rodgers was brilliant, the defense was strong, and if not for Woodson falling down on the first Giant TD and Williams getting tangled up on the second and Collins two easy drops for intercepts in the first half it would have been more dominating. The blocking was excellent enough although rodgers makes it look better with his scrambling. I am going to give you a valuable player that probably nobody noticed....and that is #45 Q Johnson the big blocking back who had some consistent blocking in the backfield picking up numerous blitzes by the Giants and giving Rodgers more time. Kudos to MM and the coaching staff for seeing this and giving him more playing time. The Bears will probably have something to play for as they can still get the #2 seed and do not want to play the Packers twice in a row. As with Eli who will give you opportunities for turnovers lets hope we get the old Cutler who is capable of the same. GO PACK GO !!

on December 26th, 2010 at 07:47pm

Hey Rob, I'm pretty sure it was "The Bears still suck..." I'm also pretty sure you'll hear that song on "Packer Preview" next week.

on December 26th, 2010 at 08:42pm

Hopefully, everyone else had the same "audio difficulty" and could only hear the Lambeau crowd on FOX. :) I honestly thought for a while it was going to be another fourth quarter collapse.

on December 26th, 2010 at 11:42pm

Maybe the Pack need a 300 lb. lineman that can run a kickoff back for 71 yards.

on December 27th, 2010 at 01:03am

Now this is what we are talking about!!!

on December 27th, 2010 at 02:45pm

I was at the game and the chat was "da Bears Still Suck"

on December 27th, 2010 at 02:47pm

i hope they move game to sunday night so we can see the game on nbc because the packer game would not be seen on tv here because of the viking game

on December 27th, 2010 at 09:05am

Since we got moved to 3:15 won't we get to see a doubleheader on Fox? Otherwise wouldn't NBC take that as their game of choice as a Sunday night game? I also want to know if we really are "win and in" because yesterday they mentioned in the game that there was a chance that even if they win they may not make it in if certain things happened. They talked about some mathematical equation.

on December 27th, 2010 at 11:18am

WOW!. MM and the PACK, you proved me wrong. thank you. The recievers got open, which i thought they wouldn't and we stopped the run. #12 is magnificent. If Jones catches that pass and 2 less drops by others he has 5 touchdowns and 500 yds. passing. Now beat then bears, i hope they have something to play for. Or else they will rest there starters and will have an excuse why we pound them. WE have to get to Cutler, he is hot right now. But the main man on that team is Forte, he makes that team go running and receiving. pack 31- bears 20, Go PACK

on December 27th, 2010 at 11:52am

Yes, the Packers-Bears game will be televised in the Twin Cities. And since the Eagles game is also at 3:15, the Bears will go into the finale knowing they need to win for a shot at the #2 long as Philly takes care of the Vikings Tuesday night. Yeah, that'll be tough.

on December 27th, 2010 at 12:22pm

Giants game was truly a complete game, offense, defense and specials. The Bears are VERY beatable. Forte and their running game is *okay* but not as good as the Giants - that bodes well for the Packers. If they can shut down the Giants, they can (and should) shut down the Bears. Make Cutler throw it - get some sacks/hurries/knockdowns and the picks will follow. Punting game - angled punts taking away half of the field, pinch Hester down and give him 15 if you have to but not 80. Kicking game - line drive kicks angled, again taking away half of the field. If a few go out and they get it at the 35, it's better than the home run for points. Stop the run, keep Hester out of the end zone and the Packers win, 31-24 Packers!

on December 28th, 2010 at 01:36pm

Mercy, Mercy Me, Minnesota, Do It For The Central, er, NFC North and beat Philly, lots of time left, who can forget Vick and Co. scored all those TDs in 8 minutes last week but it would be great to see the Vikings clinch a bye for the Bears here so the Packers and Bears don't meet in the blooming first round of the playoffs. Think the Jets and Bengals met two straight weekends too. Vikings up now, dirty hit to the head, Asanti Samuel...sheesh... Vikings are playing well, that was one of the worst performances last week they gave against Chicago, that's easy to say, lots of games are that lopsided but still, they lacked punch.

on December 28th, 2010 at 09:17pm

Excuse this additional little write up. Didn't mean to jump the gun in my statement, I believe the result of the Minnesota/Philadelphia game is more or less, a good result for both the Packers and Bears. As to whether the same 2 teams playing 2 straight weekends is important to anyone, when Green Bay played Phoenix or the Jets and Bengals played I believe, it is a bit different because they are from different divisions. I like what the NFL has done in scheduling all divisional games for the last weekend for example Philadelphia plays Dallas and the Giants play Washington, Seahawks/Rams, etc. but it rubs me a bit the wrong way if 2 divisional teams were then to play a knockout game the very next weekend. It's a bit anti-climactic. Yes, there are plenty of cases where teams have met 3 times during the year, usually not in the first playoff round though if it has happened and having played 2 straight games against each other. So, this result is no guarantee that Green Bay wins Sunday but certainly I'd think changes the complexion of that game versus Chicago. If I am not being premature in saying this, I think the first round of the playoffs is foreseeable, IF Green Bay wins, highly likely against the Bears especially now, I think Green Bay would then be traveling to play Philadelphia if Green Bay is the 6th place wild card playing the 3rd best division and no fun task for the NFC West Winner, the 4th best division winner, Rams or Seahawks look to be playing the Saints. That's the way I see the playoff pairings coming off, should I say one game at a time?? Just conjecturing... of course, the Pack will pour a full blown effort into Sunday's game to assure postseason play and that should be against the Eagles in all likelihood.

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