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January

Packers vs. 49ers Film Review: Micah Hyde’s Woulda Shoulda Coulda

Micah Hyde vs 49ers

Hyde’s near interception kept the 49ers last drive alive and allowed them to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired

Now that we are nearly four days removed from the Green Bay Packers loss to the San Francisco 49ers (again) in the wild card round of the playoffs, it’s time to take a look back at the game and some of the key plays that led to the final outcome.

Another early exit is hardly something to want to watch again and I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched an actual replay of the game since.  I probably never will.

Our team here at ALLGBP.COM will be tackling various plays and series over the next few days and offering some insight into what the Packers did, what they could have done and what ultimately happened.

I chose the near interception by Micah Hyde with just over four minutes left in the game.  Call me a frontrunner if you will, as this was arguably the biggest missed opportunity of the game for the Packers.

At this point in the game, the score is tied 20-20 and San Francisco has the ball at their own 30-yard line.  49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had just overthrown tight end Vernon Davis deep down the seam on the previous first down play.  Below is the next play that ensues:

A few things to note about this play.  Upon taking the snap, Kaepernick takes a three-step drop and immediately looks left at receiver Anquan Boldin.  One of the knocks on Kaepernick is that he tends to lock in on his receiver, which he did on this play.

Boldin runs a five-yard out route.  Kaepernick taps the ball a few times, loads up and makes the throw.  Hyde was keyed on Kaepernick’s eyes the entire time and breaks on the ball.  He is in perfect position to make an interception in front of Boldin and leaps to make the catch.  Hyde gets both hands on the ball but cannot reel it in and it falls incomplete.

Had Hyde made the catch, there appears to be a lot of field in front of him and a good chance that he could have returned the pick for a touchdown.  Still, if he is brought down or ends up out of bounds, the Packers are already in field goal range and they put the ball back in the hands of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  San Francisco had just one timeout left so they would have had only that plus the two-minute warning with which to stop the clock.

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April

Last Day at Lambeau: A Film Review

Last Day at Lambeau Film

Last Day at Lambeau Premieres April 18, 2012, Wisconsin Film Festival

When I first heard about the film project called “Last Day at Lambeau,” my initial reaction was, WHY? Why re-open Packers fans’ wounds when the scars have been healing so nicely? After watching the film, I learned the answer to that question (but we’ll get to that a bit later).

I received an advance press copy of the film in the mail last week. I resisted the temptation to watch it right away, instead deciding to wait for the weekend, when I would have more time to devote to it and watch it more than once, if needed (I watched it twice).

Saturday night came along and the time to watch had arrived. I popped the DVD into my DVD player with a certain level of trepidation. I didn’t really need to go back there, and was sure I knew everything there was to know about the events of that offseason.  I was wrong on both counts.

The name of the film is quite catchy, but doesn’t give the film justice, as this documentary covers the entire period from Favre’s last game as a Packer to his last season with the Vikings (specifically, his final game at Lambeau).

The film makes heavy use of interviews with media members, bloggers and fans in Green Bay who lived and breathed the situation. For someone who doesn’t live in Wisconsin, it helped to give me, for the first time, a true feeling for what it must have been like. Only now can I begin to truly comprehend thn emotional toll these events took on the citizens of Green Bay.

The film opens with some conversations with young autograph seekers outside of Lambeau Field, showing off their collections of cards and items players had given them. It sets the tone for the adulation these players receive in Green Bay, but soon after that, we are painfully re-living Favre’s last completion as a Packer – to Corey Webster of the Giants. And then all hell broke loose.

What follows is a detailed chronological examination of the Brett Favre retirement saga, in the poignant and reflective words of local media members, juxtaposed with the emotional reaction of fans.