As a Viking Fan living in Wisconsin, this has been yet another year of torture. This season was to be a step forward for the Vikings, making the playoff, and a missed field goal away from beating the once almighty Seahawks. Instead the season started with a pop of Teddy Bridgewater’s knee. followed by a long list of mistakes, injuries and missed opportunities.
The Packers meanwhile were on the downward trend by the end of last year, Losing to the Vikings for the first time in like 8 years to end the regular season. They did win the playoff game, as losing that game to the Vikings gave them an easier game then the mighty Seahawks. However there is not much difference in NFL teams that make the playoffs. As they say any given Sunday. The Redskins were hot but not consistent, the Packer were a good team but inconsistent without their star receiver, Jordy Nelson most all of the season. Aaron Rodgers looked frustrated for the first time in all the years I have been forced to watch him. This team was so inconsistent that it took not one, but two plays with no time left on the clock. The first was the play that basically sent the Detroit lions team into the depths of despair as a NFL team. Earlier they had beaten the Packers, at Lambo, looking like they might finally turning the corner, but instead they used this failure to close out the Thursday game against the Packer and the Hail Mary with 0 Seconds on the clock to return the loss column in strong fashion. So back to the hail mary and the play before. The Aaron completed a 19 yard pass and it was lateraled back and back and finally as the clock had run out the Lions tackled Aaron Rodgers. Game Over. But wait, the luckiest team on the face of the planet, if you look close you can see that some skin of a player touched Aaron Rodgers face mask. Flag, 15 yards for face mask. Game does not end on a defensive penalty. One more shot for Detroit to sweep the Packers, and gain some much needed dignity. NOOO, 61 yards the ball is thrown straight up in the air and comes done in the other Rodgers hands, where was the defenders? why is no one just trying to deflect the ball? Touchdown Green Bay.
Cardinals Playoff game
Everyone remembers the hail mary at the end of the game to send it into OT. but right before that hail mary for the TD, Aaron Rodgers basically had another for 60 yards, so one one series he had a 60 yard pass, and a 41 yard pass on two plays! Crazy, but as watching this team reluctantly for the last 20, almost 25 years, I have come to expect this kind of thing. Too many times Brent Favre and the Pack would be down and with only seconds left on the clock, he would wing one out there and low and behold…. TD. But Favre may have had the best career of any Packer QB, but watching Aaron Rodgers now, I suspect Favre may be the second best QB in Packer history. I think that Aaron Rodger might be the best of all time, ALL TIME. better than Peyton, certainly better then Brady. But it is too early for that discussion.
Giant Hail Mary half time
I did not see it, I heard it on the radio. I left the game and the Giants were playing well enough to win, missed a few opportunities to get Big points and settling for FG. But now the Half was winding down, almost to the 2 minute warning. Oops Pack scored, Time for the Giants to get one more TD or FG , take the lead and run the clock down. The Win probability has already started to change, listening to the game, I did not get that same feeling. But when the Giants had to punt again, making no treat and only forcing Green Bay to use 2 timeouts, I figured it was not good. Aaron Rodgers really had not been completing many passes, he had the consecutive incomplete passed on at least one drive, that is usually enough to stop a drive, but there was a penalty in there on the Giants so they got field position out of it. Anyhow back to he final drive of the half. Two runs and one pass and they are at the 50, and on 4th and 2 HAIL MARY…. What in the world?!!? again no one seems to see the ball outside of Cobb?? Rodgers can through that ball far and high, and if they don’t practice that, I am a monkey’s uncle.
The season ended for the Pack, before I could finish writing this. But Atlanta figured out how to beat this lucky team, throttle them so bad, that luck cannot come into play.