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?