Packers Choke One Away In Los Angeles

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This one had all the makings of a fantastic finish for the Green Bay Packers. Another potential Aaron Rodgers comeback, this time over the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

Then that dipship Ty Montgomery totally fucked the Packers.

Down two with 1:56 on the clock, Montgomery received the kickoff and instead of downing it and giving Rodgers the ball at the 25, he decided to try to be the hero. Naturally, Montgomery made it to about the 20, fumbled, Rams ball.

This has to rank right up there with Brandon Bostick trying to field the onside kick in the NFC Championship game. Bostick was released shortly after that game. We wouldn’t mind seeing Montgomery go the same way.

There’s no excuse for such stupidity. Not with Rodgers leading multiple comebacks this year. Not with the Packers down only two. Not with the amount of time on the clock. You conserve the time by downing the football.

I can’t even put it into words.

The Packers hung with the Rams all day. It was a back-and-forth affair.

The Packers came out hot to start the first quarter. Then the offense stalled.

Still, they went into halftime with a 10-8 lead. I think we all would have taken that if it were offered.

The Rams went ahead 23-13 in the third, but Packers quickly roared back with a 33-yard run by Aaron Jones. The running back went right up the middle and he should have. The middle of the Rams’ defense was nonexistent on the play. I can only assume Rodgers saw the hole and checked to the play.

After the Rams added a field goal, Rodgers hit Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 40-yard touchdown and another Packers’ lead.

After a pair of punts, the Rams would hit what would prove to be the game-winning field goal. And then the dumbest play of the game ended it.

Rodgers wasn’t particularly sharp for much of the game. He missed a lot of throws you would expect him to hit. In fairness, he was almost constantly under pressure from the Rams defensive front.

Rodgers was sacked three times, but hit eight times. We saw Lane Taylor constantly getting destroyed by Aaron Donald. There was Bryan Bulaga doing his best bull fighter impression on at least occasion.

Still, Davante Adams had a huge game, going for 133 yards and made a number of clutch catches.

Defensively, the Packers couldn’t quite contain Rams running back Todd Gurley, who ran for 114 yards and caught six passes for another 81 yards.

The Packers pass defense largely did their job, except for Tramon Williams who gave up play after play. On the flip side of that, Jaire Alexander was a stud, knocking down five passes.

The pass rush also showed up with five sacks — two by Kenny Clark — and eight QB hits on Jared Goff. The only other thing you could really ask for was a turnover, but those are rare against the Rams.

Unfortunately, in the end it probably just came down to one dumbass choking the game away.


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Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

42 Comments on "Packers Choke One Away In Los Angeles"

  1. Kev

    You’re also forgetting MM’s dipshit running play at their own 1/2 yard line with 9 guys on the line of scrimmage. Safety.

    • Icebowl

      Snatched another defeat from the jaws of victory….
      Who the hell doesn’t take knee in endzone on ko w 2 mins left and #12 behind center….

      Package Montgomery and HHCD as trade for a draft pick…

      Gotta believe Friggin Belicheat and patriots cant wait for Sunday to play this team

  2. Cheese

    Once again, the Packers piss away another game that they should have won. The defense showed up. Alexander is a baller. Martinez is all over making tackles. Kyle Fackrell is in a 3 way tie for leading the team in sacks with DL Kenny Clark and Martinez at 4 a piece. Clay made an appearance with a sack as well.

    The only reason the Rams first got on the board was because dumb fuck McCarthy decided to run the ball straight up the middle into a congested line with a shitty OL on the fucking one yard line. BRILLIANT! There’s 2 points in the other direction. Instead of challenging that catch near the sideline, why didn’t McCarthy challenge that Sam Shields stepped on the goal line after he picked up the ball from the kick? Not that it was guaranteed but definitely worth a better shot.

    Finally, McTardy decides to play Aaron Jones and what happens? He averages 7.2 yards on 12 carries. Anyone who says Montgomery gets more playing time than Jones because he’s a better blocker can fuck off.

    The offense had some flashes but was not consistent. Davante had a ton of yards. MVS had a nice catch. St.Brown even got involved. But over half of their possessions (6-5) were either punts, a safety, or the dreaded fumble..

    • One more thing to consider on the safety. The Special teams should be jamming the gunners on punts that close to the end zone. I think King was playing way off Shields leaving Shields a free release to cover the punt. King did not make any attempt to restrict Shields. Maybe King was told to play off Shields, but it was a mistake. I think jamming Shields or forcing Shields to reroute would have saved the ball being downed at the half yard line. The Packers are not usually good holding up opponents gunners but they usually try. King did not even try. It was a Bullshit special teams play that allowed that ball to be downed.

        • It was, but the Packers were playing off the whole game including prior to the fake punt. The reason the Rams tried the fake was because King was playing off, then turning his head and immediately running down field. I would make the case if the Packers were up in the gunners faces at the snap the Rams would not have tried the fake punt. On the opposite side Jaire was also playing off, although not as much. Jaire was at least trying to track the gunner in front of him and block him. King should not be on the punt return team as a Jammer.

          My guess is the Rams showed something on film that caused the Packers to play off the gunners. You still have to try at some point to disrupt/slowdown the gunners release, or route down the field.

  3. Skinny

    Montgomery made the classic I went to Stanford so im smart academically but I lack everyday smarts play right there. This could have turned the season around. Now I dont know. If we lose to NE Sunday I would say we’re done. At least Erin Andrews looked incredible. My god that is one hot piece of ace.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Nobody loves Erin Andrews quite like Erin Andrews… Shes one of those #MeToo broads

      Hopefully next season her annoying voice gets replaced by the newer, hotter model with a less annoying voice.
      Shes garbage & no one will care about her soon. Does she even say anything relevant? I wouldn’t know because I hit mute

      • Skinny

        All true what you’re saying. Ive always said also shes the worst interviewer ive ever heard. Nobody asks more pointless questions than her. But I still think shes sexy as hell. Rodgers had to have hit that at some point. They are too close to be just friends.

        • KILLER

          Skinny, I had no idea you’re a lesbian. But its cool, don’t get me wrong. Just new info.

          But no, I don’t think Rodgers “hit that” as you so delicately put it. And I’m sure you know why he didn’t.

          As per Tyko Tugboat, have you ever even spoken with a woman? You know: face to face? Try it sometime but, I warn you, work on your attitude first.

  4. TyKo Steamboat

    We had this game .. I bet $100 +9 .. .guess I’m just fortunate Gurley slid down at the end

    We should have won this thing.. Packers controlled about 80% of this game & still somehow lost it. I gotta see the tape I suppose.

    Motherfucker… Was that Ryan Grant in 2015? 2 HANDS ON THE FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!1 DO ANYTHING BUT FUMBLE!!!!! WHY DO OUR GUYS CARRY THE BALL WITH 1 FUCKING ARM!?!?!?!?!?!?!? VTHEY TEACH US THIS IN PEE-WEE FOOTBALL!!!!! UGH!

    Montgomery is a career fumbler! A fucking fumbler! Pussy! Hold the fucking football you fucking horses ass! Dammit I hate fumblers! Just go down! Take a knee in the end-zone. Its not like you’re fast or anything. You won’t return it to the house. Nor can we kick a fucking touchback! Fuck… we suck at special teams. Kick a fucking touchback already & knee the ball everytime … I can’t stand this crap.
    Fumbles & special teams miscues. Shit-Fuck

  5. Kato

    Jaire Alexander looks like the real deal so far. Blake Martinez is going to be a centerpiece of that defense. This team will fire Mike McCarthy. The mental lapses, especially by veterans, are unacceptable. It is going to take a couple years for this to be turned around, it seems they are on the right track

    • KazooPackFan

      Alexander looked great, but it helped that the refs were letting them play. I thought it was a playoff game with the lack of flags. How many plays like those by Alexander have you seen get defensive PI calls, both for and against GB, and in every other game, this year? Its ridiculous. One of the reasons yesterday’s game was fun to watch was the fact the refs just let both teams play offense AND defense. Very refreshing and entertaining.

  6. Winterishere

    By now everyone should know how much ass Ty Montgomery sucks. But if you need another reason, running it out was also stupid for a clock management reason. With 2:05 remaining, running it out also potentially wastes a free timeout at 2 minute warning. Not that it matters anymore though…

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Ty Montgomery is a possession receiver. He is meant to catch the ball out of the backfield… period

      He is slow. He fumbles 1 out of every 20 touches. A liability. I FUCKING HATE FUMBLERS!!!!!!!
      He was a wide receiver turned RB … He is a 3rd down guy. That’s it.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Yea… how many “harassment” charges against how many men now?

      Guilty until proven innocent in USA, doncha know? Again, No one loves Erin Andrews quite like Erin Andrews.

      • KILLER

        It sounds very likely that you are the one with a bunch of harassment charges. And even more likely that they are all the real deal honest and legit complaints about you.

        Your displayed attitude is like the tip of the iceberg above water. Much more underneath that.

          • KILLER

            Ha ha, you got me there. I often say too much. (This is where someone responds that even a single word from me is too much)

          • KILLER

            Hey, Hannibal Lector was a winner!

            I don’t care what uniform you do or don’t wear. Actions, statements, opinions are not less wrong if you wear a uni.

            If you were a member of SWAT and the conversation regarded how to handle a hostage situation then we could give you greater credence if what you said passed the common sense test. But this? Your uniform gives you as much added credence as a Burger King uniform.

    • Icebowl

      Well said !!
      Sad to see this kinda BS still going on in This great country (and infiltrating this site)

  7. PF4L

    I gotta say, i was pretty damn proud of that defense in the 1st quarter, they dominated. But at the end of the day, as good as the defense seemed to look, they still gave up over 400 yards and 29 points. And lets be honest, Gurley could have added 6 to that. The offense wasn’t faultless either, The O line leaked bad at times, especially in the second half, and the Packers lost T O P big time, after only converting 2 of 9 3rd down conversions.

    I can’t help but admire the hell out of Jaire Alexander, who i will refer to as shorty in the future. This guy is like super glue most of the time, and he’s also around the ball just on hustle, when others aren’t, when he makes a good play i get giddy happy for him the same as i do with Scantling. I’m also going to give it up for Martinez, hell of a game.

    Look…..I don’t think many, if any fans, thought the Packers had a chance here. Surprisingly to me, they hung in there and gave it a go with 2 weeks to prepare. As far as Montgomery, yea he fucked up. He’s like a fish out of water right now trying to make plays because the writings on the wall with him and he knows it, even before the fumble. He won’t be around next season, period. But i wish him well.

    • Cheese

      I wonder if someone will pick up Montgomery next year and put him back at receiver, where he belongs. Otherwise, you can probably say McConversion Project Connoisseur fucked up this kids career. Good thing they’re paying Cobb $10 million a year to do jack shit though.

  8. Ted Hawthorne

    Of course Lane Taylor got destroyed. He’s back-up at best. You don’t protect a 100 million
    dollar QB with a 10 cent line. Put this on TT for not replacing Sitton and Lang.

    • Kato

      Taylor has looked fined most of the time. Aaron Donald makes everyone look bad. That is why he is the second highest paid defensive player in the league.

  9. Kato

    On the other hand, holy shit does Bulaga look bad. I blamed it on rustiness and coming back prematurely from an ACL tear, but he is still looking shaky. All of those injuries have caught up to him which is too bad because he was a good player. Sadly, his corpse is better than any other option on the roster

  10. Kato

    Like, about the only time you do what Mpntgomery did is if you are the 2006 Chicago Bears where your QB most likely isnt driving you down the field. And you have Devin fucking Hester. Just the sheer stupidity makes me want to puke

  11. Kato

    The other thing I shudder to consider is if there was a call from the sideline to return it and this isnt Montgomery’s fault. Other than the fumbling aspect of it of course. But coaches need to be aware of that possibility and the risk/reward of attempting a return in that scenario. If there was indeed a call to attempt a return, then Zook and McCarthy need to be fired immediately

    • KILLER

      Yeah, that writer was just looking for clicks. No one is that foolish in actual beliefs.

      Yeah, Kirk in the loss had an interception. It was when the WR stopped on a route or it would have been a completion. He was under pressure an incredible 59% of drop backs. (Vikes had three starters out on the line)

      Cousins also completed 31 passes. Out of 41. With two TDs as well. Averaged over 8 yards per attempt.

      Now, on the year, he is ranked #9 and is ahead of Aaron Rodgers. You do the math. Is Rodgers worth it? To be paid much more for a little less? If Aaron is worth it to you guys then Cousins is way worth it to us.

      Essentially anyone arguing Cousins is not worth the money is trying to say Case Keenum is a better QB and also clearly saying Aaron Rodgers is not worth it either — after all he costs more for less return…. even with much better pass protection than Cousins has had and in an offense he knows well.

      Up to you and that writer what you want to believe. If you want to be wrong, go ahead, go for it.

  12. Great comments by all. I was hoping on that kickoff for a fun chance to see if Rodgers and team could get in field goal range and Mason win it. My fun was squashed and we’ll never know now. Game over. I’m still pissed.

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