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Packers Gut Out Win Over Lions, Take Division

Micah Hyde

A battered Aaron Rodgers and a rejuvenated defense led the Green Bay Packers to a gutty 30-20 win over the Detroit Lions, to claim their fourth NFC North title in a row and the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

This game was a foregone conclusion to just about everybody. These are the Detroit Lions the Packers were playing on Sunday, after all. Until they stop being the Detroit Lions, they’re the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Lions don’t win shit that matters.

That almost changed in the second quarter, when Rodgers aggravated his injured calf on a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. The toss gave the Packers a 14-0 lead, but it also took Rodgers from the game.

Detroit would score 14 unanswered, with seven just before the end of the half and seven more at the start of the third. The first score was aided by an idiotic personal foul penalty on linebacker Brad Jones, who brushed quarterback Matthew Stafford’s helmet on a 3rd and 10. That was 15 yards that sustained a drive that reached the end zone just before the half.

It didn’t matter though.

Rodgers returned after the Lions’ second score and led the Packers offense to 14 unanswered.

He hit Cobb for another score and then ran a sneak from the 1 for the second.

A Matthews Stafford intentional grounding penalty in the end zone resulted in a safety and capped the scoring for Green Bay. The Lions got a garbage-time touchdown for the final margin.

For the Packers, it was an all-around effort.

Rodgers threw for 226 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. He also likely sewed up his second MVP in the process. Probably most impressively, other than the grit he showed, is that he took what the Lions gave him, consistently working the middle and short routes. That is something Rodgers didn’t do in the loss to Detroit early this season.

The Packers also worked the Lions on the ground, which is something that hasn’t happened much this year at all. Detroit came in with the No. 1 rush defense and the Packers gouged them for 152 yards, which is the most the Lions have allowed this season.

Eddie Lacy led the way with an even 100 yards, his third such effort of the year.

The Packers defense continued its stout play of recent weeks. Green Bay allowed 313 total yards, but limited big plays and, for the most part, tackled effectively. Probably most importantly, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson caught just four balls for 39 yards.

Hell, even the special teams contributed to the win. Or, well, let’s not go that far. Micah Hyde contributed to the win by returning a first quarter punt 55 yards for a touchdown for the first score. As usual, the special teams also had a blunder, when Mason Crosby had ANOTHER field goal blocked.

If our count is correct, that’s seven blocked kicks of one sort or another for Shawn Slocum’s bunch this year.

That matters little at the moment though.

The important thing is the win give the Packers a week off, which will allow Rodgers time to rest. Hopefully, he’ll return at full strength two weeks down the road and Green Bay can get a playoff win in the divisional round for the first time since the 2010 season.

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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.

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46 Comments

  1. Ryan December 28, 2014

    Fuck donkey kong Suh. Hate that mo fo. So much for this group of turds being a ‘clean’ unit now. So glad we took care of business today

    1. Phatgzus December 28, 2014

      Such a scumbag; “The game’s over? Okay let’s pull the cheapest shit my little mind can possibly think of.”

      1. pf4l December 28, 2014

        It’s a good thing Suh can play football. In mainstream society, i’d doubt he could keep a job at Burger King.

        1. Kozak December 29, 2014

          The only thing he’s capableof would be try to rob Burger King.

          1. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

            Except he’d probably commit the the felony after ordering with his credit card-he’s THAT stupid.

  2. ferris December 28, 2014

    Blocked FG and onside punt/kick recovery. Strange play. GB was aided by the 2pt being called back, thought DET got hosed there. Same old Lions great win.

  3. SEAHAWKSOWNYOU December 28, 2014

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    1. Old Man At The Gym December 28, 2014

      In-House comment here to incite an uprising?

      Reminds me of “IGGLES” & also “DD”

      ;)

    2. Brewtown Packer Backer December 28, 2014

      “Hey Ma! Where’s the meatloaf?” –^^This fucking troll^^

      1. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

        No doubt, except I doubt this dude goes to funeral to pick up chicks, he probably goes after to rob the grave.

    3. Beantownpackerbacker December 28, 2014

      Hey…fag….why don’t you go get your vintage 2012 “12th Man” shirt and wipe off Wilsons jizz from your lip. You seacock fans are in for a rude awakening when you start to play real competition.

      1. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

        Personally I think it’s a great saying-it accurately describes how many dudes at one time it takes for them to actually enjoy their lives.

    4. Kozak December 29, 2014

      DERPDERPDERP.DERPDERPDERPDERPDERP.

  4. TyKo Steamboat December 28, 2014

    Where is that dipshit MMTTDCSUCK?

    Division champs, baby

    Only coaching decision I question was the 1st offensive possession where we passed on 2nd & 3rd & goal.

    More heart & pride in this dub-ya that I’ve seen in a long while….Rodgers backs it up. A real strong heart there. Awesome. I will continue to R-E-L-A-X

    P.S. Eddie Lacy, please do NOT fumble like Ryan Grant did…thanks

    1. MMTTDCSUCK December 28, 2014

      Great game! Some questionable play calling as usual however. A Rodgers manned up and gave it back to them. Special teams? not so special again. And Hawk and Jones get a large chunk of PT? That was not so good . . . As far as “DIPSHIT” ??? You do not know me fucktard, go twiddle your thumbs and masturbate whilst you think of McGlurpy’s stinky fat pimpled white ass you dolt . . . Such a predictable homer. Let us hope that A Rodgers is good to go in two weeks, and that DC and MM and Slocum bring their “A” games for a change! this is now the playoffs. Not games for also ran’s. Go PackGo! and fuck you Tyco . . .

      1. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

        Brad Jones had been killing it on STs and actually playing not horrendously in limited D-Action, then he just had to go and Brad Jones shit up again. If this were three years ago, that play would’ve resulted in a new window in my door.

        1. MMTTDCSUCK December 30, 2014

          As it was, I did my best not to break anything either. I think I stood up and stomped my feet a bit. Age, and the realization that we have nothing to do with the outcome, have finally appeared in my perspective while watching the Pack play.

  5. Deepsky December 28, 2014

    I haven’t seen a quarterback play with that much heart since Brett Favre played with his left arm severed from his body and gunshot wound to the head.

    1. Phatgzus December 28, 2014

      Uh, it was his right arm and leg and he had several gunshot wounds to the chest as well, give credit where credit is due.

  6. E. Wolf December 28, 2014

    I cannot remember such wild mood swings as I experienced today.

    1. Paul Ott Caruth December 29, 2014

      Even with the hot flashes?

    2. icebowl December 29, 2014

      Not since Berties last game vs. GIants…..

  7. billybong December 28, 2014

    Excellent…lots to work on, meaning our shitty special teams…poor kickoffs, poor punts…wtf…and to not get that free kick..jeez

    1. TyKo Steamboat December 28, 2014

      Crosby is a choke-artist & will cost us a playoff game.

      tar & feather him…

      1. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

        I doubt MM lets him kick a 50+-yarder in the post-season, unless it’s at the end of one the halves. Even then we’d probably give up a FFGBTD, so maybe if we’re down at the very end of a game, God forbid. That said, the blocks aren’t all on him, granted that shouldn’t happen on a PAT or even 30-yarder.

  8. Organicbuzz December 28, 2014

    Defense seems to be finding itself. Go Pack Go!!!

    1. TyKo Steamboat December 28, 2014

      Yep! One of the 5 best in the NFL, thank you

      & the NFL’s best-kept secret. G-Force Defense!

    2. Howard December 28, 2014

      The defense found itself in the bye week and has been improving weekly thereafter.

    3. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

      They got gashed for a stretch there, but then they put the clamps on in the second half. Was excellent to see in a game of this magnitude.

  9. Howard December 28, 2014

    Way to grind out a win and division championship. The battle is over the war has just begun. Finish strong. GO PACK!

  10. Fresher than Wonder Bread December 28, 2014

    That piece of shit 12 fag polesmoker. What a fuckin’ loser, he must’ve been sexually abused as a child.

    1. Howard December 28, 2014

      I believe he is still being sexually abused by his cell mate.

  11. Shawn Neuser December 28, 2014

    From the moment that Rodgers returned into the game, GREAT second half by the Packers. 16-0 until Jarrett Boykin’s bonehead play on the onside punt.

  12. jtmax December 28, 2014

    What the F is wrong with Brad Jones. He did it again. D played hard to stop a drive on 3rd down and he had to commit a stupid roughing the passer penalty. He’s making a habit out of it. Why do we have to have him out there again? Can’t we just stick with Barrington and Matthews and sub in Hawk if they get tired?

    1. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

      Not like he even was unable to stop his momentum, looked like he was fuckin’ playin’ basketball with that follow-through; maybe he should, save us all the potential heart attacks resultant from watching him attempt to play football.

  13. MMTTDCSUCK December 28, 2014

    MM plays favorites! he always has . . .

  14. andy December 29, 2014

    Seriously what the fuck was that onside free kick? I didn’t know you could do that and it gave a huge advantage to the lions. Can’t blame our guys for that it was a total shit show of a play.

    We seriously need to work out some red zone offence.

    1. Fritz December 29, 2014

      Good point. wtf happened to that peppers eligible receiver play? Should have worked the first time if they had practiced it, like maybe once! JJ Watt is doing great on red zone offence and he is also a novice at it, like JP.

  15. Pack December 29, 2014

    What to say. Rodgers really gutted it out. Deserves MVP. Nelson, Lacy & Cobb outstanding. Starks had some nice runs as well. Can’t believe another blocked kick- wtf is up with that. Certainly a shitty play by Jones. And I think I counted 4 missed tackles by Burnett-he is really terrible 90% of the time. Rest of the Defense play excellent. NFL better suspend that asshole Suh-Fucking criminal.
    Now to get Rodgers healthy!

  16. MMK December 29, 2014

    Casey Hayward made a bunch of good looking plays, same with Barrington and Tramon. It’s been really fun to watch the defense this year which is such an improvement. Where the fuck is Peppers though? I’ve been such a Peppers apologist but he needs to be dropping QBs in big games.

  17. pf4l December 29, 2014

    Exactly what did Tramon do? He had a pass defended, last time i looked, that’s his job. Other than that i remember a C Johnson TD where he got beat bad. For some reason, Tramon JUMPED up to defend the pass, problem was, he jumped up about 10-12 feet behind Johnson and landed on his ass, therefore giving Johnson an uncontested td catch. Great job T W.

    1. MMK December 29, 2014

      Did you happen to notice that two of the best receivers (one of which is THE best) in the game were held to a combined 7 catches and less than 100 yards? Does that do anything for you?

    2. Phatgzus December 29, 2014

      That was a great catch and throw by Megatron and Butterball, that said, dunno why Tramon was trying to get physical with someone who’s about 7 inches tallers and 50lbs heavier than he is. Otherwise, what MMK said. those two got mostly shut down, granted BB missed a HUGE pass in which shield and Burnett both got beat (I put that more on Burnett than Shields: CB thinking he had safety help and the fact that safeties should never get beat deep as they’re the last line of defense, hence the position name).

  18. rebelgb December 29, 2014

    Fucking shit heads. Did some of you even watch the game? Hey MMK if you had been watching the game and not finger banging your ugly sister you would have seen Peppers make 2 huge plays in a row aka Reggie White in the second half; disrupting Staffords throwing motion 2x and causing incomplete passes and a punt.

    pfail4 Tramon shut down his man 98% of the game. The TD pass was well defended asshat, were you jerking into your moms soiled underwear again? The pass was perfect and Megatron is like 10′ tall. Great play by the Cubs.

    Pack Won. If we could just beat Seattle….

    1. MMK December 29, 2014

      OK, sounds good bud.

  19. jtmax December 29, 2014

    Rodgers is ice at Lambeau this season. Hope we can blow out our next opponent (should be dallas) by half time so we have another week for our guys to heal without incurring further injury. If we’re full strength for Seattle, we got a chance. For us to beat Seattle, we have to be able to play with the noise on offense and continue to dominate on defense. It’s Peppers time. He’s the X factor on defense. He looks so big and fast out there, it’s like watching a man among boys.