And It Ends Like This

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Eli Manning

A failure.

I don’t know too many people who wouldn’t use that term to describe the Green Bay Packers’ season right now.

After running through a 15-1 regular season, securing the best record and No. 1 seed in the playoffs, the Packers came out and shit the bed in their first playoff game, falling to the New York Giants 37-20 in Lambeau Field. The game put a premature end to a season that was supposed to end with a Super Bowl repeat, but instead ended with what was probably the Packers worse effort of the season.

The Giants’ victory, which we’re still stunned by, looked almost easy.

Eli Manning and Hakeem Nicks tore through the Packers secondary like it wasn’t even there. Manning threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns, with 165 yards and two scores going to Nicks. The Packers came up with only one interception and one sack on the day, and basically gave Manning all day to stand in the pocket and pick the defense apart.

Meanwhile, the Packers high-powered offense totally ran out of gas.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t his typical self. He finished with 264 yards, two scores and a pick, but just didn’t seem to have the accuracy he had all season. When Rodgers wasn’t overthrowing someone or watching the ball bounce off Jermichael Finley‘s hands, someone was putting it on the ground.

The Packers lost three fumbles on the day, giving the Giants a four-to-one win in the turnover battle. Not exactly what you’d call winning football.

One and done.

It’s going to be a long offseason in Green Bay, home of the 2011 NFL regular season champions.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

37 Comments on "And It Ends Like This"

    • ay hombre

      Big difference scum nuts…Brett WAS the reason we lost a lot of playoff games. Aaron contributed to this one along with just about every other player. A lot of times there’s a large element of bullshit when people talk about ‘team wins’ and ‘team losses,’ but that was a team loss if I ever saw one.

      • jeff ircink

        you’re delusional. no I in TEAM i thought? that’s what Packer fans told Brett. a loss is a loss and it’s the team’s loss. unless Rodgers was playing with himself on the field, the team takes credit. just like with Favre – get over it.

      • jeff ircink

        Favre WAS the reason? funny how Packer fans bitched about Favre being and ego maniac and selfish and that there’s no I in TEAM – then they blame every playoff loss on him solely. really? 4 and 26 was all Favre’s fault? no rushing game and no OL blocking in the Giants NFC Championship game and it was all Favre’s fault? i suppose the Vikings loss to the Saints was all BRett’s fault too…including all 6 fumbles. hypocrites. what about the GB loss to AZ in the playoffs a couple year’s ago? was that fumble AR’s fault of the team’s?

  1. Bears Fan

    “defense wins championships?” Whatever, maybe not- but if GB had even an ounce of defense this year, this would not be the saddest stop on the internet this morning.

    In my mind, this Packer team will always be the worst defense in NFL history. Most yards allowed ever. That’s a much more telling stat than 51 touchdowns or whatever.

    I doubt they would have scored either TD if it wasn’t for the fumble gift the refs screwed up in the first half or the “unnecessary roughness” call in the 4th quarter.

    At least all those probowlers can focus on their acting careers now. I cannot wait to see the Ringfinger Doublecheck commercial.

    • nurseratchett

      Yeah, only your coach has a commercial, and he spends it snoring. Similar to the Bears performances on game day.

      Rather have my off season than yours, Bears Fan. What are the Bears bloggers talking about today? Green Bay, just like the do in the regular season. The Lions beat the shit out of you too this season. Go troll their sites for awhile.

    • Shawn iltarion

      They gave up the most passing yards. Not the most yards.

      The point of defense is to stop the other team from scoring POINTS, not gain yards. If the defense gave up 500 yards a game but allowed 5 points a game, it would be the best defense in football.

    • billyVanilly

      Hey Bear faggot fan. We beat you 4 times in 2011. We beat you head to head in the biggest game in history (at Soldier faggot field mind you), and the bears have one meager super bowl trophy. Why don;t you shut your mouth and worry about Glass Jay, your shitty management, and your lack of success in the last 50 years.

      • billyVanilly

        Also bear faggot fan, when did your season effectively end? Was it in november? Hahahahahahahahah. One super bowl trophy. This is a loser organization, and i agree with the nurse…why aren’t you talking about the bears now or ever? Because they’re a bunch of loser thugs without a champion bone in their body.

  2. peter

    I had the shit covered glasses on last night but after a bunch of beer and a nights sleep I look at it like this.
    We were 15-2 with an awful d-line. You know TT is not going to sit idle on that. I think you could see a trade or fa signing to try to help that. If we got any type of a pass rush our secondary would look much better. I mean Jarrett Bush is playing acceptable ball for crying out load would would have ever thought that day would come.

    Finley is going to be gone he sucks bitches too much and is not worth the headache. We have 4 other good te that can block and are worth their weight on the team. Flynn will be tagged and traded, and tt will draft like a beast as usual. A full off season of rookies getting work outs I foresee a kill team next year that is going to be better than this one.

  3. nurseratchett

    It was awful, I am unbelievably disappointed, but I saw this coming. Aaron Rodgers had two games when he just played like an average NFL QB, and we lost them both because the defense is awful. AWFUL.

    I think we have amazing individual talent & potential from a player standpoint on defense. The problem has got to be in the scheme & the planning, which falls on Capers & Co in my opinion. All season long, the same things occurred every game–TERRIBLE coverage in the secondary, mediocore pressure on the QB, weak run defense, and missed tackle after missed tackle.

    Something’s gotta change, and I think it starts with the DC.

    GO PACK GO!

    • Vijay

      This has nothing to do with Dom & Co. He actually maximized what he had. This is your best defender- Nick Collins absent and your best interior linemen Cullen Jenkins being traded away. Ted sat on his arse and believed in his shitty draft picks while quality linemen from non-playoff contending teams went into their offseason without being traded to a contending team like ours. It’s not panic to make a smart trade to push your team over the top- teams used to do it regularly and in all other major sports it works at least some of the time.

      We need some PROVEN commodities. We cannot rely on draft and develop to repeat as champs. We got lucky and rode that momentum last year. This year, as I predicted, we fell on our arse in the playoffs.

      • ay hombre

        I you look historically how Dom Capers’ run defenses do, you’ll see that production drops off tremendously in the 2nd or 3rd year and this was no exception. I believe Capers needs to be moved. After the 3rd failed three-man rush on 3rd and long sealed his fate.

        How can we match up man to man on the Falcons receivers but not the Giants? Roddy White’s a good receiver, Julio Jones is supposed to be good. Are the Giants receivers really that much better? I simply don’t buy it. Scheme on 3rd down was a big reason we lost this game.

    • Packer Fan #44

      I totally agree I think it is time for Capers to take his confusing defense scheme and go. We need a new Defensive Cordinator as well as some new players that can pass rush as well as cover receivers down the field. Every week they say they have found the solution and we are still the worst rated defense in the league. That starts at the top. See ya Capers.

      Go Pack I have been a fan for 45 years!!!!!!

  4. Andy

    in my eyes Green bay were victim of the same effect that caused them to win the superbowl last year: the hot streak by the other team. We looked alot like the falcons of last year, alot of positive vibes and then just didnt show up. Basically nothing went well, but the fumbles were the killer for me. 3 fumbles that just killed drives and skewed the turnover ratio. I wasnt surprised by the drops as its been a bit of a plauge all year, although seeing jennings drop 2 tds was frustrating.

    At least woodson owned up to the fact that the D was just not up to par this year. Godamm we need some pass rush

  5. ToddR

    Drafting the best player available is always the way to go…usually. Somehow they need another play maker or two on Defense. This Packer team had a killer offense. But how many teams play lights out on offense every game? Sometimes the other side of the ball must pick up the slack. This defense could not do that when needed…and they needed that yesterday.

  6. Packers Suck

    I hate the packers, I hope a meteor comes crashing from outer space and destroys the worthless, distasteful cheese making state. No one likes wisconsin, God hates the packers…

    -Sincerely a Bears Fan

    • Packer Fan #44

      I think you are right !!! We might be able to get a few good pass rushers for Finley or somebody that can catch the DAMN ball !!!!!

  7. Ryan

    I have to be honest, I didn’t think the defense played YESTERDAY as everyone is saying. The Hail Mary play at the end of the 1st half was atrocious, as was the play right before that where we couldn’t tackle the guy in bounds to end the half. Had those two plays not occurred, we would have been down just 13-10 at halftime.

    Now, I know that that’s easy to say, but still, our defense’s performance in the 3rd quarter was actually quite good. Sure, they ended up scoring 37 points, but, overall, I wasn’t too disappointed with the defense, especially considering their play this whole season. (Although, the consistent 3rd down conversions in the first half were frustrating.)

    More frustrating was the play calling on defense. Clearly rushing 3 wasn’t working. Our secondary simply isn’t good enough to drop into coverage. When we blitzed Eli, the Giants offense was far less successful. I couldn’t understand why Capers kept going to the 3 man rush.

  8. Shawn iltarion

    I’ve said this before elsewhere, but the funny thing is that the defense played fine yesterday. They weren’t the reason we lost.

    Everyone wants to bitch about the defense, and I’m not saying they don’t suck because they do, but the Patriots’ defense is just as bad and they are still playing. In fact, they are the favorite to win it all now.

    They are still playing because their fricking offense showed up in the playoffs.

    I don’t know why people want to talk like we are the effin Pittsburgh Steelers. We don’t win games 17-13. We win games 35-27. That was good enough for 15-1, and it was good enough to be the favorites for the Super Bowl. That was our identity.

    We wouldn’t have beat the Minnesota Vikings with that offensive performance.

    I hope our defense does improve, but regardless, if our WRs and A-Rodge play like that in our next playoff game, we’ll lose again.

  9. Bart

    I agree on the subject of three-man rush. Too many times we saw all three linemen get double-teamed. Meanwhile, Eli stood in the pocket and stared at Coughlin while licking his chops for ten seconds before throwing the ball down the field. When we brought the pressure in the first quarter the defense was much more productive. It may have resulted in more opportunities for the offense to let the ball slip out of our receivers’ hands, but hey, that’s better than letting Eli get his rocks off on hallowed ground. As far as Rodgers goes, it seem to me like his deep ball just didn’t have the tenacity it did in the first half of the season. He looked more and more like a pitcher that was running out of gas late in the season.

  10. BleedsGreen

    Rogers missing open receivers, dropped passes, fumbles, lousy pass protection etc. The final score was not indicative of the game. Take away those two blatant “Vegas Calls” and we score a grand total of 6 points. 6 points for our awesome offense? The offensive coordinator was taken away by the death of his son. That did us in way before this game. There was no offensive game plan or accountability. I’m going to find that Philbin kid’s grave and piss on it, the way he pissed away our chances of repeating. Then I will crap on the kid’s tombstone after I eat a hot bowl of chili. That piece of shit kid was no good anyway, molesting young girls like he did that rat bastard. The only good part is he will be agonized by the demons in hell for all eternity. He deserves nothing less.

  11. ri

    Yep – Offensive made huge mistakes thanks to A Rodg’s crazy bad passing and the receivers poor catching. I think the play calling was actually good, the players just played bad.

    On the Defensive, I think the players played much better then the score. Some of those points were directly related to turn overs and that stupid Hail Mary. I mean seriously, your not the frickin Badgers!

    I totally agree that rushing 3 was foolish and not working. You can do that when you have a beast like Reggie White but not with our guys. Giants have a good QB and great receivers which will win the battle almost everytime when you give the QB ALL DAY by rushing 3.

    Looking ahead, we still have an amazing team with a great organization and I’m already excited for the draft & FA. I’ll bet anything we make a FA move on D-Line this year…

  12. jeff

    Get a grip, bleeds green. I’m as disappointed as anybody with this loss but your comments are way out of line. Simple fact is we got outplayed Sunday afternoon on all sides of the ball. Next time why don’t ya reread before you post, idiots like you almost make me embarrassed to be a Packers fan…

  13. flyboy7588

    Guys, the underlying problem is pride. There was no pride evident on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers are NOT supposed to lose a home playoff game. EVER!!!!!! 2-4 in the last six playoff games at Lambeau is pathetic. So much for teams fearing Lambeau especially in the playoffs. Just think what Lombardi would have done to this team after a loss like that. 15-1 and out of the playoffs in one game. Sickening.

  14. Bears Fan

    What’s this we stuff and you stuff and all the gay slurs? Pretty sure no one on here plays for the Packers…I was just saying this GB team will be in the record books…. as having the worst defense ever in the history of the NFL. It’s a fact. Look it up. worst ever…. not gonna win a superbowl that way.

    • billyVanilly

      Sounds like the ramblings of a gay bear fan.

      This worst defense made it infinitely further this season than the bears. Maybe because peppers gave up and urlacher is a joke.

  15. Richard

    I miss the days when Green Bay was a publicly owned team, instead of being co-owned by Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin like they are now. How many more playoff games do they have to win at Lambeau to get a street named after them? A statue built? Maybe a steakhouse?

  16. Landfill

    I know it doesn’t mean much, sample size not large enough since A Rodg only has one playoff game at home. However, Favre at Lambeau in the postseason 8 wins and 3 losses.

  17. Richard

    How about comparing the 2011 Packers defense to the defenses that Favre won at Lambeau with in the playoffs? 1996-1997 teams might’ve been a little bit better than this years version.

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