I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I witnessed one great game on Sunday afternoon between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. Am I bummed that the Packers lost? Absolutely. They were a fourth-down stop away from winning.
(Okay, okay… plus an additional scoring drive…)
It was an exciting match from beginning to end, and although the Packers only took the lead for a brief moment, they never let the 49ers get more than a touchdown’s score out of reach. We got to see Aaron Rodgers at some of his best, not to mention the fantastically tough trio of receivers in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jermichael Finley.
Did you SEE that sideline catch by Nelson? That highlight will be played all season.
Now, some might call me an overly optimistic person. I tend to see the best in everyone, even though I get burned by it sometimes. Nevertheless, I don’t mind the burns, because they heal, and it’s much more enjoyable living in a world of positivity than wallowing in a world of despair.
Perhaps that’s why I was confident the Packers could pull off the upset this past weekend. So confident, in fact, that I predicted it would be on the leg of Mason Crosby. (Okay, that was just trying to be bold for its own sake, but you get the idea.)
What I don’t understand are the herds of fans who are acting like Chicken Little after the disheartening loss. I mean, really, how many of you are actually surprised that the 49ers won that game? If you are, then you are either (a) living in an ice fishing shed somewhere in northern Canada, or (b) lying to yourself. Not only did Vegas have the 49ers as a 4.5-point favorite, but our own team of writers here at AllGreenBayPackers.com were also evenly split in their predictions.
For some strange reason, this fan base lacks some perspective. Is it because we’ve seen so much success over the decades? Or is it because we’ve also seen so many postseason blunders? (And I’m not just talking about the years with McCarthy and Rodgers.)
Whatever the case might be, I submit that it’s high time we start seeing things from a different perspective. Perhaps even a more positive one.