The party’s over, folks.
For the first time in one day shy of a full calendar year, the Green Bay Packers lost a game. The whole team was flat in a 19-14 loss to the 5-8 Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers’ dream of an undefeated season en route to a second consecutive world championship came to a screeching halt at Arrowhead Stadium.
After having a chance to come to terms with the defeat, it interested me to see what the fan reaction was to the Packers falling to 13-1 on the season. The responses were about what I expected.
Some were sad, some were sad yet relieved that the Packers wouldn’t have the pressure of a perfect season on them entering the postseason and others were on the ledge and ready to jump so to speak. Being a fan is an emotional investment in a team and an emotional like this is expected to draw a wide range of reactions.
In particular, the reaction to one particular player’s performance caught my eye: tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley had another rough game as his habit of dropping passes continued. A few of his catches may (may) have cost the Packers some points. We will never know for sure.
What was more alarming was fans’ reaction to his play. Some were saying he is just going through a rough patch while others went way beyond that and were calling for Finley to actually be released.