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No one could stop Rodgers on Sunday

Just when you thought Aaron Rodgers couldn’t get any better, he puts on a performance like he did Sunday that just blows your mind.

Two rushing touchdowns. Four TD passes. More than 400 yards passing and, yes, one interception but that was more bad luck on his part than a bad decision. In short, a brilliant performance.

The rest of the Packers offense also put on a clinic Sunday, dismantling the Denver Broncos 49-23 in a game that should put any critics to rest re: the Packers’ chances at repeating as Super Bowl champs.

Yes, the secondary needs some help. I missed Nick Collins today, and I’m willing to bet Mike McCarthy did at several points too, but the defense also recovered a fumble and picked off Kyle Orton three times — including Charles Woodson’s brilliant pick-6 late in the first quarter.

Special teams also didn’t screw the Packers over in any way Sunday, which in itself is an accomplishment. Then there was that crazy onside kick that took everyone, especially Denver, by surprise. Nicely played, Shawn Slocum, nicely played. Write that down because it’s the only time I’ll probably ever, ever say that again.

James Starks did an admirable job picking up the slack in Ryan Grant’s absence, rushing for 63 yards and grabbing five passes for 38 yards. Greg Jennings had another Greg Jennings-like game, making some unbelievable clutch catches and racking up more than 100 yards receiving. He had a touchdown catch, as did Jordy Nelson (97 yards receiving), James Jones (48 yards receiving) and Old Reliable, aka Donald Driver, who came back from what looked like a scary injury to catch a TD pass in the fourth quarter.

In short, this was a great game on pretty much all facets.

The Packers didn’t get to Orton as much as I would have liked, only sacking him once, and again the pass defense looks a bit like a lost puppy dog at times but Green Bay is 4-0 and is riding some good momentum heading into next week’s tough matchup against Atlanta.


Sarah is a writer and editor living in the Twin Cities, a lifelong Packers fan and an ardent supporter of all things anti-Vikings.



  1. Johnny Appleseed October 2, 2011

    Fuck yeah Pack. Rodgers will have on his favorite shoes next week!

  2. Nick Larson October 2, 2011

    First off loved the performance by the team today but I really think that the pack are going to need to step up there pass d game if they want to not have a shoot out against over hyped matt ryan. the only reason I’m worried is they have some super good wideouts.

  3. nurseratchett October 2, 2011

    GO PACK GO!!!!!!

    WOO HOO!!! Still drinking….still cheering….got the blow out I was hoping for….

    Now dig in, Pack. Atlanta at home won’t be easy next week, regardless of their record.

  4. Ryan October 2, 2011

    In contrast to the first line of this post, I thought Rodgers had a lot of room for improvement in the first three games of this season. No more. He was lights out today and man, it was fun to watch! Rodgers fit throws into tighter spots than what seems conceivable. And next week I think he will be even better – he gets to play in a dome.

    The defense looked better today. They got completely fooled on the flea flicker, but it was executed perfectly.

    AND – I loved the call by McCarthy to go for the onside kick. Gutsy. Also, kudos to McCarthy for never taking his foot off the gas, including on the 3rd and 2 late in the game where Flynn got that unlucky INT.

    All around, this was the game I have been waiting for – the Pack finally played a complete game. Very exciting.

  5. Ed Gein October 2, 2011

    I agree, about staying on the throttle, finally. The Packers are not a ball controll, run the clock down kind of team. They need to put up 30 points minimum every week with that pass rush (lack of).

  6. calipackfan October 2, 2011

    Brewers, Packers and Badgers on a roll, LOVE WISCONSIN!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Madcity Packer Fan October 3, 2011

    It almost seems we like playing in The Falcons dome more than they do. Aaron’s busting out those shoes! I was at the game today. The weather was excellent!

  8. TyKo Steamboat October 3, 2011

    This was personally satisfying living in Steamboat Springs Colorado…

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  9. Kirby October 3, 2011

    Great game!!! But as others have pointed out the Packers did start slow and did have some miscues that can be corrected…if they play a mistake free game one of these weeks 60+ points is not out of the question!!!

  10. Ryan October 3, 2011

    The Packers started slow yesterday? They were up 21-3.

  11. Rob October 3, 2011

    Time to clip some bird wings!!

  12. tkhelland October 3, 2011

    He only dirty bird they will have next week is Matt Ryan cleaning out his shorts after we blow the roof off that dome