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Packers vs. Seattle: Moving on from Monday Night: It. Is. Time.

Green Bay Packers huddle

Green Bay Packers will unite at Lambeau Field this Sunday

By now, you’ve all probably read everyone’s take on last night’s embarrassing showing by the NFL.  I’m a bit late to the party but I have the benefit of some extra time to digest what took place and having read it all too.  I don’t have it figured out, probably never will.  But I do know that I feel very disappointed.

I’m not going to break down the numbers, re-hash the stats or talk about the “shoulda, woulda, coulda”.  So what am I going to do?  I’m just going to shoot straight from the hip.  I’m going add this one to the list of disappointments in recent Packer history:

- The Terrell Owens TD catch in the end zone to beat the Pack during the 1998 season playoffs.  A loss that ironically was affected by another bad call by a referee as an obvious Jerry Rice fumble was ruled down by contact.  Back then there was no instant replay and the call stood.  9ers drove down and. . . .

- 1st playoff loss at Lambeau Field against the Atlanta Falcons (a dome team) during 2002 season playoffs

- 4th and 26 a year later

- The embarrassing playoff loss to the Vikings during the 2004 season playoffs

- The entire 2005 season

- The gut-wrenching NFCCG loss to the Giants during the 2007 playoffs that would be Brett Favre’s last game in a Packer uniform

-The 2008 offseason and eventual trade of Favre to the Jets and the drama that it brought with it

-Last year’s playoff loss, again to the Giants, after a 15-1 regular season

You’re probably all saying “well most of those are playoff games.  Of course they’re disappointing!”.  No, last night’s Packers vs. Seahawks matchup wasn’t a playoff game, but it sure felt like it, didn’t it?  As I’m sitting here watching the replay of the game’s final play for about the 50th time and over 24 hours later, it feels as though the Packers lost much more than a single football game.  Over the past day, not a single side bar on ESPN’s network is without at least one topic related to yesterday’s contest.  When was the last time a regular season game, especially this early in the season, got this much play?

It still stings.  It’s no more acceptable even with a full day having passed to process it and make sense of what we saw.  There are at least 5 more days until the next game.  That’s 120 hours of ESPN coverage (and that’s JUST ESPN) that will surely have some footage, interview or comment about this game coming right at us.

Long-time writer and Senior member of our team Adam Czech said it best when he said, “I’m pissed. . .”.  I am too, I really am.  But at some point, I have to move on and function.  As a fan, I can’t carry this around forever and continue to cry “foul” at every turn and make excuses.  At some point, I have to move on and focus on other things.  Work, the weeds growing in the backyard, anything else!

As I need to move forward, so do the Packers.  They have that game in 120 hours against the New Orleans Saints.  It will take place Sunday in what is sure to be the not-so-friendly confines of Lambeau Field.  Oh, Packer fans are amongst friends and most everyone is looking to have a good time and see the Packers win.  Anyone who’s been to a game there can attest, it’s a great atmosphere.  But this Sunday’s going to be different.

When the Saints lost in OT at home and dropped to 0-3 this past Sunday, I thought to myself, “this is the last type of Saints team I want coming into Lambeau to face the Packers.”.  Sure, the Packers can and should win this game (I guess I just tipped my hand for the “Predictions” post) and that was my thought BEFORE last night’s game.  Now, I see no way they don’t.  As angry and hungry as the Saints can possibly be after a horrid start to their season, the Packers now hold the trump card.

If there was ANY silver lining to be found after last night’s loss, it’s this: You’re about to see a very tight, focused, possessed, angry, hungry, and PISSED OFF football team take the field this weekend.  As soon as last night’s game ended, the Packers left the field to regroup and get the heck out of dodge.  I don’t blame them.  One problem:  there was the PAT and by rule, it had to be attempted.  Finally, the Pack’s FG block unit emerged and stood with their backs to the line of scrimmage to allow the final play.  It was a sign of protest against their employers.  Bold, but very much justified and likely leaving them feeling even more humiliated.  But they handled it like they do much every situation: with class.

You see, that’s the Packer way.  That’s what makes this team GREAT.  Regardless of how much truth there is to the story about the “G” on the Packer helmets standing for “Greatness”, this is really and truly a GREAT franchise.  The term “Packer way” and “Packer people” has stood the test of time.  It’s understood as soon as it’s spoken and my friends, we should all be proud to support the classiest team in the league.

When Head Coach McCarthy took the podium last night after the smoke had cleared, he did so with the same candor that he always does.  Firm but fair, he fulfilled his obligation to speak to the media who surely would have a question or two for him after what had just transpired moments prior.  He calmly said he would not take any questions about the officiating and alas, not one question was uttered about it.  That’s a man who garners respect.  That’s the man I want leading this team.  His infectious attitude emulates throughout the locker room and it’s why you rarely see Packer people shed in a bad light compared to some other teams.

Remember back in 2006 when the Packers were looking for a new Head Coach and many wanted Sean Payton?  Remember when Payton’s Saints took out the Vikings and ol’ Brett to reach the Super Bowl and then beat Peyton Manning and the Colts to win it all?  Several out there were still wondering what life would have been like had Ted Thompson given the job to Payton instead of McCarthy.  2 years, a Super Bowl championship, and a major, classless scandal later, how are you feeling about it?

Winning just feels good.  It’s the ultimate rush and it’s all that some care about.  Just ask Russell Wilson.  Coach Vince Lombardi once said “If you can accept losing you can’t win. . “.  Not everyone gets a trophy and it’s why there are sports.  To soothe the competitive nature inside of us as humans.  On the flip side, losing can send a man straight to therapy.  It tears at his very being, his very soul.  It makes him question himself and that’s tough to deal with.

That’s what we as fans are left to deal with.  No, it’s not fair and it’s wrong.  We like justice in America and someone should have to pay for this gross miscalculation.  Judgment came today and it said “deal with it, Packer nation”.  And so we shall.  I urge you all to exercise what I call the “24 hour rule”.  I give myself and others 24 hours to say what they want to say about the last game, win or lose.  After that, it’s the following week and next game.  Now I know that is asking a lot with 24-hour coverage of the travesty in our faces.  It’s asking a lot given that this is being called by some, the biggest debacle in NFL history.  But I’m still asking it of you, as Packer people.

It’s week 4.  The Saints come marching in and are hoping to kick this Packer team while they’re down.  Barring any interference by those individuals called referees, I don’t give the Saints much of a shot.  It’s just a bad time to try to get right against a team that was just so very wronged.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that GREATNESS will prevail this coming Sunday.  This team has the leaders and players to make it happen.  Kevin Greene was overheard during Super Bowl XLV telling OLB Clay Matthews “It is time”.  It IS time.  Time to move on.

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22 Responses to “Packers vs. Seattle: Moving on from Monday Night: It. Is. Time.”

  1. steve cheez says:

    I thought it was Ricky Bobby who said “if you’re not first you’re last”

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  2. ELo says:

    Wrong! It was Reese Bobby, Ricky’s alcoholic father who said this.

    Otherwise, great article – time to move on.

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  3. cow42 says:

    1-3 in their last 4.
    i think they have forgotten how to win consistently.
    they might be pissed… problem is they’re not very good.

    after they lose this game everyone will see what i’ve been seeing for quite some time… they are not as good as we think/thought.

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    • Dan "FireMMNow" Blakley FireMMNow says:

      Two weeks in a row the defense has played lights out. The young secondary guys are stepping up big time. Lost in the shuffle was McMillan playing a fantastic game. Should have had his second pick in as many starts. Hayward contributed. Shields had a great game and made another physical tackle.

      I am much more optomistic about this team than I was after the niners loss. the changes that have been made to the defense have been effective. if this defense can consistently hold teams under 23 points, this team will be in the playoffs.

      Rodgers did not become an average QB all of a sudden. MM did not become a bad offensive coach all of a sudden either. I will admit Rodgers and MM were extremely slow to adjust last week, but they will get it figured out. It appeared to me in the second half that Rodgers and MM finally said, “lets stop forcing the ball downfield. if it takes 16 plays it takes 16 plays.” if teams want to play us like the 3 teams have this year benson will have 90 catches at the end of the year and so will cobb. i am fine with that.

      to me, this team right now looks more well rounded than the one that won 15 games last year. i am optomistic. they should be 2-1 at this point with a win over a decent team on the road. every road win in the NFL is an accomplishment.

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    • Chad Lundberg says:

      The offense averaged 35 points a game last season. This season they’re averaging only 19 points a game. Do you honestly think that will last?

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      • Dan "FireMMNow" Blakley FireMMNow says:

        i agree. they will not score 35 points a game this season, but they will have a lot more 12 play 6 minute drives than they had last year, which only helps the defense. teams are going to make the packers dink and dunk. if they do that and stay patient that second safety will start dropping down.

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  4. cow42 says:

    “Two weeks in a row the defense has played lights out.” against the bears and the seahawks.. yippee. we’ll see what happens this week.

    “Rodgers did not become an average QB all of a sudden.” 2-4 in his last 6 starts… yes he has.

    “every road win in the NFL is an accomplishment” except they lost.

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    • Dan "FireMMNow" Blakley FireMMNow says:

      c’mon cow42. rodgers is an average QB? anything you say now has absolutely no credibility. you probably should have left that part out.

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      • Tarynfor12 Tarynfor12 says:

        How is Cow42 not credible because of his Rodgers viewpoint?
        Whether facts,twisted stats are however a decision is made by someone,Rodgers is and has played like an average QB.Are there reasons why..sure…but no matter the if’s-whys-buts..average is the rating.

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        • Rob says:

          Because, after a devastating first half with 8 sacks, he maneuvered the team back into position for a win. You didn’t see Cutler come out of the locker room after the half, did you?!

          They lost to the 13th man on the field, not to the ‘Hawks.

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        • Dan "FireMMNow" Blakley FireMMNow says:

          Grasping for straws. if you want to take 6 games to determine if a guys is average that if fine. I will bet the farm that Rodgers will be a top 5 QB at the end of the year. You take 6 games and I will take the other 40+. I have a little more confidence in my sample size.

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  5. Mr. Bacon Mr. Bacon says:

    Now that the fire has settled down.

    The Hail Mary really isn’t the worst that has ever happen to the Packers. Seriously, and ill catch flack because of it. I say this because the Packers were not in a playoff game, although because of the call, it felt like one.

    4 & 26 I would put up there as the worst moment ever.

    Then for me Michael Adams facemask/tackle against Aaron Rodgers, as it would cause a fumble returned by Karlos Dansby for the score in the epic Packers vs. Cardinals shootout.

    If the WWE and NFL are suppose to be the same thing, due to correlations made by ESPN Personnel then we all know what is next… The Packers get VERY MOTIVATED from this event.

    Rodgers oddly has something that’s biting him on the butt to throw accurately again. The Packers will begin to play like the Super Bowl team they were 2 seasons ago.

    Just remember, we are still… 1-2. Easily able to recover from.

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    • steve cheez says:

      Let’s make the Saints a cage match!

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      • Mr. Bacon Mr. Bacon says:

        Roger Goodell is the SPECIAL REF, as the story line so far is that if Brees shows any signs of a bounty he will be stripped of the PASSING YARDS CHAMPIONSHIP!

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        • steve cheez says:

          I want to see Bobby the Brain sneak in off the sideline and cold cock a player with a folding chair.

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  6. aaronqb says:

    The big difference between the Monday night game and all of the other disappointments you mentioned is the Packer players lost in the other disappointments. On Monday, the Packer players won the game, but the referees awarded the game to Seattle.

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  7. Gary says:

    It may be time to move (it’s only football), but I can hardly read anything NFL right now (I couldn’t even read this whole article – that’s how sick this football fan is).

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  8. AF_Cheddarhead says:

    Guys, it is just a game. Sure we bleed green and gold but they play again next Sunday. This is just another one in the Packer lore. We will talk about it just like the Ice Bowl, 4th and 26, Freeman’s amazing catch, Farve game after his dad died.

    Life goes on and maybe this will be the push the NFL needs to settle the lockout. Remember it’s a lockout not a strike.

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