Packers XLV

Putting the Title Back in Titletown!

Posted February 7th, 2011 @ 04:02am

How do you put it in words? How do you put into words watching your favorite team climb to the top of the NFL mountain just three years after it passed the baton from one quarterback legend to a new one. The organization was blasted by many in 2008, but Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy believed in their plan and now the Vince Lombardi trophy is coming home to Titletown.

Aaron Rodgers' performance in the Super Bowl officially elevates him to elite status. Despite the utter lack of a running game and key drops by Jones and Nelson, Rodgers beat the best defense in the game with his arm, not his legs on this night: 24-39 for 304 yards and three TDs, with a passer rating of 111.5--his exact career average in dome games. At 27, Rodgers has won as many Super Bowls as Favre did in 16 seasons. Something tells me he's not done.

The first half was spectacular, a 21-3 lead, cut to 21-10 late after the Pack lost both Woodson and Shields to injury. Shields would return in the fourth quarter, but Woodson was lost with a broken collarbone. He was so emotional at halftime he could barely speak to the team. When I saw him come out in sweats to start in the second half, my heart sunk. How would this team respond without its defensive leader, along with another key corner. To top it off, Donald Driver was lost for the game with an ankle injury.

But wasn't this a microcosm of the whole season? Key injuries week after week, yet other guys stepped up when called upon. Who would have thought we'd be sweating out a final defensive drive, with Pat Lee and Jarrett Bush on the field?

In the end, it was fitting that the Pack's best defensive player in 2010 made the key play of the game. Clay Matthews' hit on Rashard Mendenhall, causing the fumble, completely flipping the momentum in the fourth quarter. The Pack took it down the field and scored on a TD pass to Jennings, giving them the breathing room they needed to hang on.

Many of you loyal readers believed Jordy Nelson would be the difference in this game and you were right. Nine catches for 140 yards--yes, he could have had a couple more, but looking at an offense that had no production at tight end, and very little at running back, they needed the WRs to step up and Nelson and Jennings did when it mattered most.

I feel very blessed to have been in the stands for the Pack's last two Super Bowl titles. On this night, I was among a sea of Packer fans. The high fives, the "Go Pack Go!" chants the hugs. There's nothing like it. And being with nephew Zach, his brothers Sam and Justin and sister Ellee, along with by brother and his wife Jodi--well it was a night we'll never forget.

Four Super Bowls, 13 NFL titles. The NFL's most storied franchise is back on top of the mountain. The Lombardi Trophy is coming home to Titletown. The Pack is back. Maybe the parade should start on Mike McCarthy Way.

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on February 6th, 2011 at 11:17pm

Most unbelievable season ever. To lose all these players including driver and Woodson in the sb and still win it all. As usual mr headcheese your comments were spot on. Thank you for another great year!! Hope this might lead to the next packer dynasty like the 1960's.

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on February 6th, 2012 at 01:40pm

Funny . . . the year Packer Preview starts they win SuperBowl XXXI . . .the year starts they win SuperBowl XLV. . .what do you have in store for next season: TV show?! Way to go get that Vince Lombardi trophy and bring it back to Titletown! Couldn't be happier for (and as an owner, more proud of) TT, MM, Arod, DD, and Woodson!!

on February 7th, 2011 at 01:32pm

This is Pure Satisfaction for all Packer Fans. Aaron Rodgers is our MVP. Some friends and me Popped the Bottles of Champagne last night. Greatness achieved again for the Packers, simply AWESOME. Hope Woodson & Driver get healthy. Super Bowl Champs.

on February 7th, 2011 at 02:50pm

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on February 7th, 2011 at 03:13pm

Simply unbelievable!! I am on cloud 9 and once again, the Pack are Back!!! TitleTown you have a new piece of hardware to add to your storied collection...Can't wait to visit next year and see 4 Lombardi trophies on display!! Go Pack Go!!

on February 7th, 2011 at 06:03am

He|| to the yeah its good to be a Packer fan. we the only team that it is owned by its own fans. The rubes in the other towns all wish they had what we got. We hot, they rot, its not like it a question. Now they all know the answer to it and we need not mention. How we roll when things get tough is a B- to the utiful thing. We got Lombardi's trophy also some pretty S-Bowl rings. D-dawg, Woody, Sam, this rap's for you! You never let us down, and now we say , Brett who? A-rod the man, that's all we got to know, man, what a show, man, what a show! Lordy, Jordy, James, Greg, and next year we get J Finley back. We have to keep this team together, got to have a second act. Don't let the greed for money destroy this very beautiful thing, now everybody got to bring it, everybody sing: boom, boom,ba boom boom boom, GO PACK GO. Boom, boom, ba-boom boom boom, GO PACK GO! Man, its great to be us!, Whooooo-hooooo!, Still stoked, still stoked, thank you Ted! thanks MM, thank all of you!

on February 7th, 2011 at 07:44am

Dave, Somebody's GOT to challenge the quality of the turf in that stadium! It was horrible. Guys slipping all over and LOTS of injuries. The NFL and Jerry Jones didn't do us any favors. Do some research for us. I think Jerry didn't put a top line company put in the turf at the stadium but got a "low bid" of a start up company and then got some sort of "kickback" from the company since they got the "bid". Despite the conditions, I'm so happy for OUR PACK!

on February 7th, 2011 at 08:00am

This entire season for the Pack has been a perfect example of rising above adversity, and soldiering on despite what was thrown at them. Aaron Rodgers leading by example, and never, ever giving up! I couldn't be more proud of our guys! Brett who? Dave, thanks for continuing to keep the Green and Gold flame alive and burning for those of us living here behind the Purple Curtain. GO PACK GO!

on February 7th, 2011 at 08:38am

I have had the opportunity to see every Super Bowl. I can remember Super Bowl 1 in Jan. 1967 where Bart Starr and the Pack defeated Kansas City 35-10. Starr had 2 TD passess and was the MVP. How fitting to see him and his wife up in the box watching Rodgers win the MVP and the Lombardi Trophy coming back to where it started. Here are some notes on that first Super Bowl: This game is the only Super Bowl to have been broadcast in the United States by two television networks simultaneously (no other NFL game was subsequently carried nationally on more than one network until December 29, 2007, when the New England Patriots faced the New York Giants on NBC, CBS, and the NFL Network). At the time, CBS held the rights to nationally televise NFL games while NBC had the rights to broadcast AFL games. It was decided to have both of them cover the game. Each network used its own announcers: Ray Scott (doing play-by-play for the first half), Jack Whitaker (doing play-by-play for the second half), and Frank Gifford provided commentary on CBS; while Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman were on NBC. NBC did have some problems. The network did not return in time from a halftime commercial break for the start of the second half; therefore, the first kickoff was stopped by the game's officials and was redone once NBC was back on the air. NBC was also forced to broadcast the game over CBS' feed and cameras (CBS received prerogative to use its feed and camera angles since the Coliseum was home to the NFL's Rams). In other words, NBC's crew had little to no control over how the game was shot. Super Bowl I was the only Super Bowl in history that was not a sellout in terms of attendance, despite a TV blackout in the Los Angeles area. Days before the game, local newspapers printed editorials about what they viewed as a then-exorbitant $12 USD price for tickets, and wrote stories about how to pirate the signal from TV stations outside the Los Angeles area And now this is what its come to.....almost a full circle back to the Pack. The 2 big stats that win games that I have harped on all season: (1) Third downs....was a wash....we were 6-13....Steelers were 7-14 counting the last 4th down. (2) Turnover ratio 3-0 for 21 huge. While Rodgers was great kudos to our backups who were huge all year...Bishop, Zombo, Shields, Walden, Greene,Bush, to name a few. Let the parade begin.....GO, PACK, Go !!!!

on February 7th, 2011 at 08:45am

The "G" is for GREATNESS! Dave, you are right this game was a lot like the whole season. You just knew the defense would hold after that last field goal. I guess I need to buy a football!

on February 7th, 2011 at 08:56am

Hopefully, *This* will help Jackson decide which team's better to root for on Sundays. ;)

on February 7th, 2011 at 11:45am

If only you could have made it to the one against Denver. You were the difference maker, Dave. lol. Go Pack!

on February 7th, 2011 at 12:19am

Pack came to play... where was James Farrior? Palamalu non-factor, LeMarr Woodley... did he play? James Harrison..heard his name once! Their lucky they were in the game! Go Pack!

on February 7th, 2011 at 12:30pm

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on June 25th, 2012 at 01:12pm

hey guys, just read the vikes tried to steal gurley from the pack's pitcarce squad. he is staying with us instead of playing on there roster now. we did pay him more money to stay, so what. so glad we kept him. on your ? davey, i think we all are forgetting newhouse, he stepped in and after a shakey start he is been a blessing. we all thought sherrod would be there, but he may have to play guard. i have him as my mvp, cause u expect 12 and 21 to do there thing now. this week is scary. they have great corners and we don't have jennings. we need to run the ball with grant. i think it will be close for 3 qtrs. then we win 31-20. remember orton is starting not palko. go world champs.

on May 18th, 2012 at 06:11pm

Great column Davy!!! I think your qtoiusen of who is the most valuable Packer player after Aaron Rodgers is a very interesting and thought provoking one. There are great choices: Jennings, Wells, Mathews, Nelson, Newhouse, and others. But I believe that with all of the injuries on defense and lack of a quality pass rush Charles Woodson is an easy choice. In a defense that at least statistically gives up mega yards the big play has saved us and there is no bigger time player than Sir Charles( sorry Mr. Barkley). His multiple looks on defense and leadership is a proven commodity even though his physical skills may be past his prime. He is a sure Hall of Famer. GO PACK GO !!!

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