Green Bay Packers Loss to New England Patriots is Nothing to be Proud Of
The game was not the blowout everyone expected it to be. The NBC crew after the game said the Packers have nothing to hang their heads about. Fan reaction split into two factions: Pride in how the Packers overcame injuries and almost beat the New England Patriots and hostility for losing yet another close game.
I’m siding with the angry crowd. If the Packers want to make the playoffs, they will treat Sunday’s loss the same way they treated the Lions’ loss.
Yes, the Packers played well, but losing is nothing to be proud of. The only sport where moral victories count is youth soccer. If the Packers are seriously patting themselves on the back after this game, the season is as good as over. They will get rolled against the New York Giants and Chicago Bears (if the Bears game means anything).
What happened in the game’s final minute is inexcusable. Allowing an offensive lineman to almost return a kickoff for a touchdown is inexcusable. Stopping on a slant route and causing an interception is inexcusable. Calling a fullback dive on third and goal from the 1-yard line is inexcusable. Barely getting in the Patriots way as they march down the field for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter is inexcusable.
A good number of the Packers mistakes this season have come while trying to make plays. You can disagree with Aaron Rodgers’ decision not to slide, or get upset with him for fumbling on the QB sneak against the Falcons. The bottom line is he was trying to make a play. You could make the same argument for James Jones’ fumble against the Bears or Greg Jennings’ drop against the Lions.
You could even forgive Mike McCarthy for some of his head-scratchers. Going for it all on Fourth and 1 late against the Lions and going for it, period, on fourth and goal against the Redskins were questionable calls. But McCarthy was simply trying to make something happen — to put his player’s in a position to make a play.
All of these mistakes are bad, but mistakes happen sometimes when trying to make plays. The mistakes made on Sunday night had nothing to do with making plays. They were just stupid and inexcusable.
If the Packers want to make the playoffs, they need to eliminate these blunders. That won’t happen if they spend the week congratulating themselves for only losing to the Patriots by four points.
Even the most forgiving Packers fans will have little pride in an 8-8 record.——————