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Packers Escape Browns’ Futility

This one would have been embarrassing if it went the way it looked like it was going, wouldn’t it have? In the end, another overtime, another gut-retching win for the Green Bay Packers, this time over the winless Cleveland Browns.

I’ll say this. Brett Hundley may not be a good NFL quarterback, but he certainly does come through in the clutch. Two weeks in a row, the Packers had to trust Hundley to win a game and two weeks in a row, he delivers a walk-off win.

Hundley was 35-of-46 for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. He took care of the ball and the Packers used a variety of short passes to make the scoring drives they needed.

The biggest detriment to the Packers in this game was once again the lack of a pass rush. That’s been a recurring theme. The Packers had just two sacks on the day.

However, Clay Matthews, who has been playing balls out lately, made perhaps the biggest play of the game. The Browns took the ball to start overtime and on a third-down throw, Matthews hit Browns QB DeShone Kizer as he was throwing. The ball popped up in the air and safety Josh Jones was there to pick it off.

That set Hundley and the Packers up at the Browns’ 42. Ultimately, Hundley looked to the guy he always looks to — Davante Adams.

Adams was the main offensive weapon on the day, catching 10 balls for 84 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. It wasn’t much of a play, but Adams broke several tackles on the way to a 25-yard touchdown on the game-winner.

Hell of a play by Adams. This guy is getting paid and deservedly so.

At times, the Packers’ defense looked downright pathetic, but toward the end they got the stops they needed. At no time was anyone confident that would happen, but then it did. Great game by Matthews applying pressure, especially in the absence of Nick Perry, which was noticeable. Great game by Blake Martinez making stops, but that’s nothing new.

Martinez belongs in the Pro Bowl. He belongs on the list of the best inside backers in the league.

That said, we are not going to pretend the Packers can stop the run. Isaiah Crowell ran for 121 yards on 19 carries — more than six yards per. That could have been the difference in the game. However, the D showed up when it needed to. The Packers got the win they needed. And now, we roll with the big man. Aaron Rodgers returns next week. He has to be hungry. He has to be chomping at the bit. There’s no guarantee the Packers will make the playoffs even if they win out. But if they do, the guy who is clearly, now without a doubt, the best player in the league, they’ll be fun to watch.

And thank god the Browns are still the Browns.

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Monty McMahon

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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23 Comments

  1. TyKo Steamboat December 10, 2017

    The best Birthday Gift ever for TyKo Steamboat is the Packers’ comeback … down 21-7, on the road, in the NFL & showing such strength, resolve, Professionalism & dedication… wow

    This reminds me of the Matt Flynn loss in primetime to New England in 2010 on a Sunday night…except, we won & we have a real pulse. In addition, the Jags will beat the SeaCocks & the Panthers have no pressure now next week that they beat the ViQueens at home. Sucks the Bucs lost to the Kittens but we are kicken hard.

    GPG

    1. Gort December 10, 2017

      Well, Happy Birthday!
      Mine is next Sunday!

      1. PF4L December 10, 2017

        Yep, Happy B-Day Tyko….and keep the faith brother.

        Super Bowl Bound Baby!!

      2. Phillthy December 11, 2017

        Hey mines next Friday. Hopefully we all get playoffs for presents.

    2. ay hombre December 11, 2017

      Never such enthusiasm over beating an 0-12 team. I hope this is all written sarcastically. Yawn.

  2. PF4L December 10, 2017

    It’s about high time Hundley and this Packer team get some respect.

    You still have doubts? Did you watch the Packers dismantle this newly regenerated Browns team?

    This team has everything in front of them. This team is going straight to the playoffs, with or without Rodgers.

    All of you negative Nancy’s…F O!! This team just showed you they have the capability of going all the way to the Chili Dome and beating whoever, for a victory at Super Bowl LII.

    The queens think they won something and are currently trying to decide where to hang the NFC Championship Banner. I got news for you queen fans. Our Green Bay Packers don’t play for Banners. We play for Lombardi Trophy’s. Something you will soon find out when we steam roll your ass in week 16. Saturday night bitches!! Rodgers or Hundley, don’t care….Come get your beat down at Lambeau!!

    You queens just lost to the Ladies of Carolina…i’ve got news for you, we’ll slap those bitches around for a 42-3 win next week, just to show you little bitches how it’s done. Then after….your sorry ass queen team is next. Who is getting hot at the right time? Yes, the Packers. Who has a longer win streak? Yes, the Packers.

    Who is going to be at Super Bowl LII watching my Packers team dominate? That’s right, i am. Current ticket savings fund….$1,063.28…and counting bitches.

    Oh….that reminds me queens fans. Make sure your city workers have those streets plowed clean, i don’t want any hassle driving to see my Packers hoist the Lombardi in your shit hole of a State.

    1. Ferris December 10, 2017

      Now that is optimism…good thing the sarcasm isn’t hidden or you’d need to be rushed to the OR.
      The Browns fans should burn that place down with the owner and the coaches still inside. What can it be like to be a Browns fan? Good thing the Cavs won a couple years ago or everyone in town would kill themselves.

      1. Ferris December 10, 2017

        Take that $1,063.28 to the closest casino and lay it down on one blackjack hand.

    2. icebowl December 10, 2017

      Oohrah dude ….
      Assune You still enjoying the effects of your company Xmas party….

  3. JP December 10, 2017

    Dude… is that an error in the article? Rodgers hasn’t been cleared to play yet. He’s “closer” but he’s still gotta have that x-ray this week. Cross your fingers.

  4. icebowl December 10, 2017

    “The Packers had no business winning, except the Browns – now 0-13 this year and 1-28 since the start of last season – are in the business of losing.” – Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

    Capers’ Sieve-Secondary and McFatty play calling absolutely dreadful.

    These past weeks have confirmed that #12 calls most, if not all of his plays….

    Concerned that they are bringing back #12 too early just to make playoffs. They’ll never make it past Phillie or LA Rams…

  5. Gort December 10, 2017

    Yeah, we won!
    Yippee, two in a row.
    That’s two in a row against a pair of teams with a combined record of 4 wins & 23 losses for 2017.
    Oh, by the way, it took overtime in both those wins.
    That means that at the end of regulation last week we were tied with 4 & 8.
    And this week we were tied at the end of regulation with 0 & 12.
    Yeah, the Packers didn’t give up when down by 14. I give them lots of credit for gutsy performances and for finding a way to win. However, next week brings a far superior opponent.
    It is possible that 12 passes the medical tests to allow a return. Reports say he has looked great in practice running the scout team, but that is not real game conditions with real hits. Real hits are the key. Do you really want 12 on the field next week with Jason Spriggs trying to block Julius Peppers in his return to Lambeau Field?

    1. Gort December 10, 2017

      Sorry – my bad. Next game is AT Carolina.

    2. Kato December 11, 2017

      Not particularly. I don’t see the positive of Rodgers playing, other than to not have to watch Hundley

  6. PF4L December 10, 2017

    I gotta say, some of you are being very negative and it’s bringin me down man. I’m trying to organize a bus complete with beer and alcohol and food to take the readers of TotalPackers to watch our Packers win the Super Bowl. It’s for real Packer fans and NO queen fans. Sorry lonely boy, nothing personal Sparky.

    So lets try to stay positive ok?.

    1. Howard December 10, 2017

      Since you are sending out so many positive waves. Do I get to have a beer?

      1. PF4L December 10, 2017

        It’s a time to celebrate my friend. You can have 6 of them.

  7. Gort December 10, 2017

    My job requires that I am subject to periodic and random Fitness for Duty, drug and alcohol, screening.
    I just can’t risk my job with whatever PF4L is using for self medication.

    1. Icebowl December 11, 2017

      That ^^^

  8. Charlie Stevens December 11, 2017

    Nice article, Monty.
    I feel the Pack should stay with the hot hand, like Dallas did with Prescott, and leave Romo on the bench. Only put Rodgers in if necessary.

  9. Icebowl December 11, 2017

    Even if This team wins in Carolina (w #12 behind center) and by some miracle numerous things happen to other wildcard wannabes to get them into postseason they are a clear one and out…. and worst of all MM and his crew have an excuse to hang around for another season…

    So agreed w you guys – why risk QB1 remaining career – Andy Luck still ain’t playing because he came back too early…

  10. Deepsky December 11, 2017

    Hundley played better because I think McCarthy shortened up the passing game so much. Within 10 yards Hundley can now hit a receiver, something earlier in the season he could not do as the routes developed too quickly.

    I haven’t looked at the play by play, but it seemed that every time Hundley passed the ball over 15 yards, not only was it way off target, but it basically killed the drive.

    1. PF4L December 11, 2017

      Look at his throwing chart, he can’t throw 5 yards past the line of scrimmage. McCarthy has been protecting him like a Mama bear protects her cubs.