Comeback: Well that was fun wasn’t it? Uh, not really. From Kevin King getting toasted, to the turnovers and the dropped passes, it was hard to see the Packers making their way to victory. Yet, I was 100% sure the Packers would win this game coming in, and I never totally wavered from that belief. It just took longer than expected and required a little drama, but in the end, Green Bay got the win. Why was I so sure? Because when you have Aaron Rodgers and a competent NFL defense, in most cases, that will be enough to pull out close games. What was always missing the last few seasons was the defense part. It’s been a great transformation and we can’t thank Gutey enough for that (and neither can Rodgers).
Most overlooked play: That absolutely has to be Jaire Alexander coming out of nowhere to fly past Kevin King and catch Kenny Golladay on the opening flea-flicker. He saves the touchdown and the defense holds the Lions to a field goal, saving four points. Those four points would have meant the Packers would have needed to score a touchdown on their final drive. That also would have meant they wouldn’t have had the luxury of running the clock down like they did to prevent the Lions from getting the ball back. It was a heroic effort by Jaire and just one more reason why you have to love this kid.
Lions TD? Nothing like seeing one referee signal touchdown at the exact same time that a referee on the other side of the play is signaling to stop the clock and calling it Packers’ ball. I’ve watched the replays multiple times. I still haven’t seen the football cross the plane of the goal line and of course, his forward motion was likely stopped, anyway. So for everyone whining about the Packers being helped by late penalty calls, feel free to bring up the gift seven points the Lions were awarded.
Dropped Passes: LaFleur said that they counted six dropped passes during the game. I think he’s being kind – there were more.
Dean Lowry: I’ve been down a bit on Lowry in this space, so it’s only fair I commend him for a hell of a game last night. He led the defensive line by being credited with four tackles – no one else on the DL had more than one. But beyond the stats, he was disruptive and a big reason the Lions ended up with only 56 yards rushing on the night.
Announcers: I made it home just in time for the opening kickoff and it only took two plays for me to run for my computer so I could listen to Wayne and Larry.
Lambeau Leap: Packers fans had me worried they were going to hurt poor Mason Crosby as they pounded on him during his Lambeau Leap. Ease up, people!