It’s safe to say none of us saw a demolition like this coming. A Green Bay Packers team that had looked just plain bad for parts of the season, came out and thumped the Seattle Seahawks, long-time nemesis and the team that was the NFC’s No. 2 playoff seed, 38-10.
The offense was clicking, the defense was on and the special teams, well, two out of three ain’t bad.
Aaron Rodgers was masterful while playing on an injured leg, going 18-of-23 for 246 yards, three touchdowns and no picks before leaving early in the fourth quarter. The biggest question for the Packers in the aftermath of this game is about Rodgers’ health.
He was limping noticeably and the injury appeared to be to the opposite leg in which he suffered the hamstring injury against Philadelphia two weeks ago. This will obviously be a situation everyone will be monitoring as we get into the week.
Rodgers connected with Davante Adams early on a couple big plays, which set the tone for the game. Adams’ four catches went for 104 yards and touchdown. Jordy Nelson came up with Rodgers’ other two touchdowns and finished with six catches for 41 yards.
Ty Montgomery, who was finally handed the starting running back job — something long overdue — contributed 86 total yards (41 rushing and 45 receiving).
And yes, we led with the offense because they put up 38 on Seattle’s vaunted defense. We are most certainly going to note how obvious the absence of Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas was in this game though.
You have to think some of those big plays to Adams might not have been there if Thomas were playing. We are not going to discount that, but this was still a great win for the Packers.
Much like the win in Philadelphia, the defense played just as much of a role as the offense. The story there was the five interceptions.
And yes, that’s fantastic, but three of those came after the ball hit a Seahawks’ receiver and bounced up into the air. The two notable picks were the first, made by Morgan Burnett — who has been playing balls out of late — and Damarious Randall’s right before half.
The Packers scored their second touchdown to go up 14-3 after Burnett’s pick and really never looked back.
Randall’s pick was possibly even bigger, though. We all know the Packers have problems with giving up big plays and scores before the half.
It looked like Seattle was going to continue that trend after a 31-yard pass to Marcel Reese with 48 seconds left in the half. Two plays later, Russell Wilson fired for Doug Baldwin in the end zone. Baldwin appeared wide open, until Randall flew from across the field and made the INT.
That turnover didn’t lead to points for the Packers, but it kept the Seahawks from making the score 21-10 before the half. Seattle got the ball to open the second half and would have then had all the momentum and that’s a different game.
The importance of that play really cannot be understated.
Randall added a second pick in the third quarter, a pass that this time bounced off an apparently disinterested Baldwin, in what was easily his finest game of the season.
Bottom line, the Packers are 7-6 and they just authored their biggest win and finest game of the season. Not only are they still firmly in the division race, but they’re most definitely still in the playoff race.
In fact, at this point, it’s almost hard to see them not making the playoffs. You know, barring a catastrophic injury…
Lately, this team has been looking like the team we thought they were prior to the season. Once again, we don’t want to overreact to one win. Anyone could make a strong argument that maybe it wasn’t the Packers’ defense that was great on this day, but that the Seahawks’ offense was terrible.
That said, there’s no denying this one was big.
The Packers are playing with emotion. They’re playing with fire. They’re playing as a team. Most importantly, they’re playing good football.
And on a final note: you can go right ahead and fuck yourselves, Seattle.
That felt real nice!
1. Super Bowl 45
2. Beating Brett Favre in both minnesota games
3. Beating Atlanta in the playoffs
4. Completely dethrottling the Seahacks TODAY
5. Detroit Hail Mary
2. Beating the Bares in the NFCCG
The difference in this game is Rodgers, even injured, felt comfortable throwing behind a top 5 offensive line and Wilson,finally healthy, feeling uncomfortable throwing behind a bottom 10 offensive line.
It also helped that the seahawk receivers couldn’t catch the ball at times.
The Packers entered the game a sorry third place in an allegedly weak division and left the game chin up with a cocky walk confident they are now… in third place….
2 games back in third place and you do know they can win the tie.. oh never mind. It’s not your fault you were dropped on your face as a child.
Too bad it’s not 2014 anymore. This win means nothing….except McCarthy will keep his job…Yay! He’s great at winning meaningless games, so is Rodgers. In the offseason Green Bay players can say, well we beat Seattle, now look at them playing in the playoffs…we beat them.
So true, Ferris.
Don’t you have some presents to steal Mr Grinch?
Blueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
We’ll get to 10 wins and win the North. This was the game we were all nervous about and the Pack fucking kicked ass. Now we just have to take care of the Bears, Vikings and Lions. No prob.
Wow….Is almost all i can say following that ass kicking.
It was an impressive day for most NFC North teams, the Packers embarrassed an elite 8-3 team. The Lions kept their winning streak going to 5 games. Oh….and the Vikings showed the league that they are still on the road to the Super Bowl winning their 2nd game of the last 8. Also by showing the 2-11 Jaquars how Division Championship banner teams do it baby, with a 9 point beat down.
Agreed – Reigning NFC North champs looked clobbered the mighty Jags…
Toughest guy in purple was Zimmer – back on sideline after emergency eye surgery…
Just remember that Vikings team you mock is better than the Packers, ahead of the Packers in the division, AND beat the Packers face to face despite major injuries early in the season (AP, Kalil, Teddy, Phil Loadholt, Mike Harris, Sullivan) and adverse circumstances (just a few days for Bradford to absorb the offense and learn the play calls).
When you mock the Vikings you mock the Packers even more so.
PS Super Factoid = Prior to today there had only been 3 games in which the final score was 25-16. Ever. The Vikings did it for the 4th time. The third? Also this season, also a win by the Vikings. Game 1, 25-16 over the Titans in Tennessee (with a 2nd string QB). Who else has played the Titans in Tennessee? Oh, yes, the Packers laid that massive egg in week 10, losing 47-25. So, instead of “a 9 point beat down” the Packers most masterfully LOST by 22 points. (a 31 point differential between the Vikings victory over the Titans and the Packer loss — Annihilation — to the Titans) I ask you: Is your way really better?
Zzzzzzz, Zzzzzzzz. Zzzzzzzz
I just skip over everything he writes. My advice would be to do the same.
Oh fuck off already buzz killington.
Are you scared? You should be.
even in a bad packers season (which MAY be turning around) it is still fun to watch the vikings implode every year. even more fun to watch when they start the year off strong. vikings will be third in the division this year but first in excuses…
If the Vikings are so wonderful, why aren’t you spending your time sharing your delight in their victories with fellow fans? Oh wait, there’s that whole season collapse thing.
It just looks like you are trying really hard to convince yourself, Killler, that the things you are saying here are something other than complete bullshit. Suggestion does impact the weak minded, so I guess it’s working for you.
The Vikings will choke like usual.
It may well be a case of too little / too late, but hey I don’t have to buy a Sprite for the guy at work.
That, plus it felt pretty good!
Packers now have their own 12th man –
An amazing win… I’m dumbfounded. But you can never blame coaching. It’s the players that decided to galvanize behind Big Mike and show some real ability at the right time. Hopefully, it’s not too late but the Lions and Vikings still lead so don’t get too carried away.
Where do I sign the petition?
Or maybe the rock rolled back on Anti while he was trying to climb out from under it.
$21 million a year for Russell Wilson? LO fuckin’ L!
Meanwhile…with this latest viking win, it’s now very likely A P re-joins the team on the road to the
Super Bowl. When asked about it after the game Peterson said….. “It would be nice to re-join the team and raise my average ypc this season to the mid to upper 2’s, if i could”.
Total TMZ Packers didn’t predict this? I’m mystified!!
The ints require a dose of luck, and actually require the rival to be hurried to pass a lot and mid-to-long. If our offense is stopped by the opposition and does not build a lead, then we are not getting those passes by a pressured QB. However, there was something to like from our DBs that does NOT depend on luck: even though they were beaten for some completions, the picture was drastically different to this season’s norm. Our DBs were actually sticky! They were tightly following their guy. Of course, the WR is also a pro and is also paid to win, so every DB will still get passes completed on him, that’s not the point. The big difference is that in the previous games, opposing WRs/TEs were frequently alone, with 10 yards to the closest GB defender. What we saw today was a much needed improvement.
Noticed that also….
Wondering where they finally found some “superglue”…
Especially impressed at how Dam(n) Randall stepped up after some suspect performances….
#12 lack of mobility gives remaining opponents an advantage, but Montgomery bringing runnin GB game to life may cover that. Friggin Boy Named Christine showed why he’s been a journeyman – he needs to study up on play options…. If that happens Starks becomes expendable…
I will find a nurturing babe from Eastern Europe to birth me a son…
I will take that boy to Lambeau 25 years from now & I will point to the ring of Retired numbers & point at that #95 & tell him the legend of Datone Jones.
Can you all believe this greatness we’re witnessing, boys?
Our dear Davante is making VERY good catches. SEA rotated their DBs assigned to our receivers. At least for a snap (maybe more, don’t remember), Davante had Richard Sherman on him. SEA showing him such respect confirms that teams need to take him into account, which is totally useful, since we already have two of those guys in Jordy and Cobb. Heck, Montgomery is also dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands. Janis can gain some yards with those end-arounds, but if that’s his only play, teams will basically say “oh, look, Janis is out there, watch the end-around!”. Starks has no place in GB’s backfield (or any other NFL backfield for that matter). Don’t know why they even gave him those few snaps. Michael, aside from that mental lapse that can be ascribed to being new to the playbook, was much better than Starks.
First, this win makes me believe even more so that McCarthy has lost the confidence of his team. This game performance was the result of a self-motivated Packer team, and sure enough they won big. This argues that the players are talented, but have lost faith in their coaches and it shows when they play in meaningless games.
Second, the Seahawks have been very healthy the last 3-4 years, now the loss of a single significant player to injury has greatly diminished their team. Almost all of their great players were obtained between 2010 and 2012, immediately after Schneider left Green Bay, but since then Schneider has had really bad drafts. They don’t have players to fill the role of Sherman, Wagner, Chancellor, etc.
Finally….so Rodgers was hobbled and couldn’t run for yardage and first downs. I would argue this benefited the team as Rodgers stood in the pocket and got rid of the ball quickly rather than taking off looking for receivers who never get wide open.
Good point except the first one. This win likely saved MM’s tenure in Green Bay, regardless of what happens from here.
I contend the last 2 wins saved MM’s and TT’s job. The pressure and stress were really mounting, until those wins.
Now i’m not even sure my rock solid proclamation that Capers gets fired even takes place if the defense keeps hanging tough. Though it still could happen if they don’t reach the playoffs. Just getting in the playoffs….the new modern idea of what the Packers brass define as success.
That’s not to say that none of those 3 voluntarily resigns.
I read the tea leaves the same way. My hope is that Elliot Wolf threatens to leave for another organization. This forces Murphy to ask Ted to retire early. Then EW can do what he wants with MM.
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed the game. Some of the play calling was pretty bad, but then again, when isn’t it? Aaron Rodgers looks good again. I do believe that this injury has him focused more. I trust that he will get better physically asap. Winning the division is still very dicey. The Lions are still hanging tough . . . The Bears are not getting beaten badly for the most part recently. The game with them could be very difficult. Especially with Rodgers nursing both a calf and a hamstring. This win was bittersweet in the regard that it most likely helped to save that fucking Buffoon from losing his coaching job. Maybe Capers and TT “The Frugal GM” still are in the hunt for the exit door . . . one can only hope. With that being said, Jeff Janis had a great run for TD! The season continues.
Agree completely with everything you stated.
Wildcard becoming iffy with GI-Ants upset of Dak & Co. Last night..
McAdo has Dallas figured out – hurt GB losing him…
I actually thought the playcalling was solid. Glad Starks is being phased out. McCarthy’s challenge of Jordy’s catch was pretty boneheaded though, not sure what he was thinking there.
Mikey does what Mikey does. Gotta showcase being the astute coach he is.