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Initial Reactions to Packers vs. Cardinals

January 10, 2010

The Bad:

The defense. Do I really have to write anything else? I don’t, but I will.

Fundamentals:  Poor tackling.  Poor tackling.  Poor tackling.

Soft middle of the field in our pass coverage.

Did I mention the defense yet?

The Good:

Charles Woodson’s strip of Larry Fitzgerald in the first half kept the Packers in this game.  Well, that and Aaron Rodgers is unreal.  The guy defines calm and cool under pressure.  Who was the quarterback before Rodgers again?

Mike McCarthy with a gutsy call on the onside kick – Mason Crosby nailed it (wish I could say the same about that field goal in the first half).

Ahman Green on 4th and 1.  The veteran is still getting it done.

Greg Jennings Touchdown – Best catch of the day?  Year? (In all fairness, Fitzgerald’s touchdown catch was pretty nice, too.)

Jermichael. Finley. Is. A. Beast.

Overall:

It was a tough loss to stomach.  With that said, it was one helluva game.

The Packers’ future looks very bright – Finley, Jennings, Rodgers, Matthews.  Let’s just hope they can win one for Charles Woodson while he is still playing.

It was a great year.  The Packers looked dead in the water with a record of 4-4.  They turned things around, and I suspect they will come back even stronger next year.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Marc permalink
    January 10, 2010 8:05 pm

    A game like this used to tear me up. 4th and 26, and this then 53 year old man, threw himself on the bed in disgust. I had nowhere to go this time because I was on the treadmill on the last play. Maybe I’ve matured at 60. Looking back on the season, it was a helluva ride. Lots of reasons why I think we’re on a multi year upswing. As all old Brooklyn Dodgers fans used to say, “Wait ’til next year”!

    • January 10, 2010 10:12 pm

      Agreed. Next year, and future years, look good for the Packer faithful. This loss stings, but I think there are great things to come from this team; this is only the first step.

      Besides, the draft is in April and spring is right around the corner 😉 .

  2. Rob permalink
    January 11, 2010 9:49 pm

    Tough one for sure. Another lose in an OT playoff game. Sounds like they broke some record for viewers, too. That plus the games against the Vikings has given the Packers some massive national TV coverage. Maybe one of these days we finally win one…

    • January 12, 2010 6:56 am

      Rob –

      Thanks for the comment. As you pointed out, the Packers vs. Cardinals drew one of the biggest crowds for a first round playoff game in about 10 years. The national TV exposure should continue into next year. With the Packers’ offense playing like it did down the stretch, the NFL will want to put Rodgers and company on television as much as possible. If you live outside of Wisconsin, like I do, it should be easier to watch the Packers on TV next year.

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