Packers 34 Cowboys 31: Game Balls & Lame Calls

The Green Bay Packers just keep doing it.  Finding a way to win games where they're not the favorite, when their backs are against the wall.  It's been the hallmark of this team since the loss against Washington, the last time the Packers dropped a game.  This time, they dispatched the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 34-31 on a last-second field goal by Mason Crosby to win it.  The Packers will move on to face the Atlanta Falcons next week for a chance to go to Super Bowl LI.  

The Cowboys were 13-3 this season and beat the Packers convincingly earlier this season.  They had the bye week, were favored to win and seemed to have too much offense for what Green Bay's defense could handle.  So how did the Packers pull this one out?  Let's look at the key contributors and those who likely want to burn the tape from this one.

Game Balls

Mason Crosby

When you hit a game-winner with the clock expiring, you get the first game ball.  Crosby made two field goals on the day, the first of which was from 56 yards out.  The game winner was from 51 yards and Crosby had to kick it twice.  On the first try, Dallas called a timeout to try and ice him.  Crosby isn't the type of kicker who you can do that to.  The game winner started out to the left of the goal post but hooked back in and had the distance to get over the post.  Packers win and live to fight another week.  The Packers' franchise leading scorer did it again and gave the Packers a huge win.

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers didn't light the world on fire in this game as far as the stat sheet.  But his moxie and calm demeanor (drops, bad throws aside) were on full display in this game.  None more so than on the last drive.  With just 35 seconds left, Rodgers moved the Packers down towards scoring range.  He took a sack and used a timeout with 18 seconds left.  On the next play, he was incomplete to Jared Cook.  On third and long, Rodgers found Cook and this time, they connected for a 36 yard completion.  It left just three seconds on the clock and a 51 yard field goal try by Crosby.  

As long as the Packers have Rodgers, they have a chance and today's game made that even more evident.  He made several throws off his back foot that found receivers who were well-covered by were still able to make a play.  Rodgers missed a few deep balls that might have blown this game wide open sooner.  But it was another winning performance and #12 is as locked in as I've seen him in years.

Jared Cook

Cook had six catches, a touchdown and the big catch to set up the game winner.  In a game where Cook seemed to be the obvious go-to against a Dallas defense who has struggled against tight ends, he still came up with big catches.  Having a tight end that is this much of a mismatch for some defenses is a huge asset to the Packers.  Expect to see #89 back in a Packers uniform next season and beyond.

Ty Montgomery

Two touchdowns by Montgomery and a few nice tough runs to keep drives moving gets Ty a game ball.  Not a flashy stats day, but two rushing touchdowns for this offense that seems to do most of their damage via the pass is noteworthy.

Nick Perry

A sack and a huge bat down of a pass on third down on Dallas' last drive to force fourth down and a field goal try.  Dallas still converted the kick to tie the game but a touchdown in that situation obviously changes everything.  Perry is still playing with a club on his hand and making an impact.  His contribution on run defense is key and he'll need a big showing next week with Atlanta's two-headed monster in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

Micah Hyde

A sack and an incredibly played interception on a screen pass for Hyde.  Stepping in when Morgan Burnett went out and having to play all day, Hyde stepped up his game and made the most of his snaps.  Hyde gets a lot of heat for his pass coverage, but he's a smart player and finds ways to contribute.  He made some big plays in a big game again.

Lame Calls

None

There are always plays that don't get made and mistakes that are made.  In today's game, there was nothing glaring that stood out and that's a good thing heading into a game for a chance to reach a Super Bowl.

 

Others to mention:

  • David Bakhtiari, Bryan Bulaga - both suffered injuries during the game, both returned.  The offensive line are a group of warriors
  • Kentrell Brice led the team with seven tackles and had a nice pass break up.  With Burnett out, Brice stepped into a big game in a tough atmosphere and played well
  • Jason Spriggs got worked a bit in spot duty but he wasn't bad enough to get a lame call
  • Jake Schum punted well.  His last punt landed in a good spot and unfortunately there weren't any Packers there to down the ball before it went into the end zone.  Schum had an average of 54.7 yards.  Are we done questioning Packers general manager Ted Thompson's decision to bring Schum in and let Tim Masthay go?
  • Kenny Clark with a big stop on a screen to Ezekiel Elliott.  It was only one play but that was a display of Clark's growth as a player this season
  • Richard Rodgers always seems to step up with a big touchdown catch in the postseason.  It also usually happens to be against Dallas
  • On to Atlanta where Rodgers had one of his best games ever during the 2010 run to Super Bowl XLV

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:11 am

I think Randall deserves a lame call. He's really the only one. Constantly playing off and getting beat by whoever he lined up against, he doesn't even seem to have fighting spirit. The other young CBs may get beat, but at least I can see the fight in their eyes.

One other who came close is Christine Michael. Bone headed to bring that ball out.

Matthews, Peppers, and Datone Jones were invisible. That needs to improve for next week.

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NickPerry's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:20 am

I don't know what to think of Randall at this point. I think it really, really hurt the Packers once Burnett went down. But Randall almost seems like he wants no part of what is happening on the field, his confidence is shot. How can a CB be 7 yards OFF a TE in the endzone. At least be in the fricken zip code of the player you're covering.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:28 am

Randall reminds me of Adams last year. Injuries derailed his season, and confidence is an issue.

A good offseason will do him wonders.

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croatpackfan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:53 am

I tend to agree with you... I think Randall and Rollins are victims of injuries that are not so hard to prevent them play, but they are nagging and cause them to react slow...

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:27 am

I do wonder to how much is in the back of their minds of "I can't do this so I need to compensate for it".

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:19 am

I think he's hurt. He was playing fine before the string of injures.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:28 am

Yeah, i agree...

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PackFan619's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:06 am

There is a lot to unpack with the Randall situation. He's still only in year 2 of a transition to corner. He's had 3 or 4 injuries this year. He's talented as can be but there's definitely something going on in his head. The comparison to Adams may very well prove true. I think we'll see who he really is next year, assuming he can stay healthy.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:30 am

I agree. Also with the injuries both him and Rollins are missing a lot of practice time. For young guys, that don't have a lot of experience playing CB, missing practices is not a good thing for them.

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Tundraboy's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:31 am

'How can a CB be 7 yards OFF a TE in the endzone."

That was embarassing.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

January 16, 2017 at 10:49 am

Question (for dialogue purposes only):
**TD Pass to Witten**

Do y'all think Randall gave up the inside (thinking) he had help (Joe Thomas & #25)?

Who was #25 guarding? Was he in a zone? Where was his zone?

What was Joe Thomas' assignment?

Thomas and #25 bit hard on that Play-Action.

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BELIEVER's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:55 am

The Pack needs to get Rollins back for Atlanta. Randall looks lost and no confidence.

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Razer's picture

January 16, 2017 at 01:39 pm

...Randall looks lost and no confidence....

I think that this accurately describes Randall. If we weren't so shorthanded, some time on the bench or as a nickle substitute might help him sort things out. Sure wouldn't hurt us.

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Flow49's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:37 am

I would rather Michael use caution in that case if you don't know if the ball went out of the end zone take it out better to start at the 6 than give up 2 point and a possession. Better yet tho catch the dam ball Michael....

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:03 am

Yeah, i'd rather him do that. I don't blame him for bringing it out. He got caught in between of what to do.

That play really turned the game around though. It backed the offense up, gave a lot of momentum to the Cowboys after that.

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:07 am

What I expect is that he knows the rules and knows what to do. That's his main job at the moment since Ty is the main RB. So understand where you are on the field and what you are doing.

And that play was a momentum changer and could've cost the Packers the game. So no, I can't give him a pass for that.

As hard as he runs when given the chance, and as hard as he plays, his instincts and overall football awareness are simply not there. That's why he is a journeyman player for his career...

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:32 am

Yeah, i get what your saying. for him though did he know if the ball was completely outside of the goal line?

That play really cost us a lot, but that could have been worse too.

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dobber's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:26 am

"Matthews, Peppers, and Datone Jones were invisible."

You could almost give Jones a game ball for not taking a bonehead penalty...

Speaking of which, has anyone else ever seen that "unsportsmanlike" call for the WR entering the huddle and leaving the field called before?

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sheppercheeser's picture

January 17, 2017 at 07:28 am

I don't know how many of you knew that when Christine Michael picked up the ball when it was on the goal line, he could have still downed it in the end zone. Apparently the entire ball has to be on the playing field to make it mandatory to run it back. A ball only partially out on the playing field was still eligible for a touchback. I thought he was just trying to avoid a safety.

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NickPerry's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:23 am

Game Balls.... Crosby..Not once, twice, but 3 times made 50 plus yard FG's.

Cook...So THIS IS what a big TE with speed and size does for the Offense!

GERONIMO!!... Allison had some really nice catches yet again this game.

McCarthy..I thought McCarthy called an excellent game. Maybe a few more runs but all in all he called an amazing game.

Rodgers... Just when you thought he couldn't be better he makes two throws to Cobb and Cook along the sidelines that were AMAZING!

The Packers were perfect in the Red Zone and in Goal to Goal situations.

Lame Calls.... Not showing a shot of Jerry Jones after the winning kick. If we have to see the goof after Bailey ties the game, show us a shot of him as Crosby delivers the DAGGER!!

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NashvilleCheesehead's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:42 am

As one of the many calling for him to move on, I am totally back ON the McCarthy bandwagon. He has out-coached his opponent across the field for the past several weeks.

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NickPerry's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:56 am

I'm there with you. I sure as hell wasn't loving MM at 4-6. Not only has he out coached his opponent, he kept a 4-6 team together in a season where key players have been injured game after game. Pretty amazing job!

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:22 am

He has totally changed the trajectory of the team. It took a while to get there but right now it was worth it.

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pacman's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:47 am

Ditto. MM does seem to have learned to go with what is working and throw out the old school balance of runs/passes.

Team effort all around but we live on AR's arm. The sideline throws to Cobbs and Cook were more skilled than his hail marys. I remember when Tarkenton used to kill the Packers in the last 2 minutes with those kinds of throws. But he was short on the some long ones today that would have blown it open.

Dallas' rush was much better than I anticipated and they got much more pressure than our rush did. And when they switched to tighter man defense, the game changed. This was a very good team we beat yesterday.

If Packers get healthy, bring in one skilled CB and improve the rush a little more, we might be ..... unstoppable.

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phillythedane's picture

January 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

McCarthy has out-coached his opponents for ten years, including high profile games his team has lost. C'mon, man. Give this guy his due.

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mrtundra's picture

January 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Allison incurred the wrath of ARod when he either ran the wrong route or when he ran his route into another GB WR's route causing double coverage and an ARod sack

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GVPacker's picture

January 16, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Chris Christie (AKA New York Bozo) was also in the house. He must have felt Jerry Jones's Pain lol!

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:25 am

Game Balls -

Crosby - Nails a 56 yard FG to put them up 3 points with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the game. Then he nails a 51 yard FG to win it with no time left. Not only to win it with a 51 yard FG, he nails 2 of them.

Rodgers - While he made a couple of mistakes does any other QB in the league put us in position to win this game?

Cook - While he played well during the game, that catch at the end of the game alone earns him a game ball. To catch that ball, keep both feet in bounds. Truly amazing.

Montgomery - While all the talk and eyes were on Elliott, Montgomery provided a good rush and also contributed on pass blocking and receiving as well. He drew a huge pass interference penalty late in the game to help set up the 56 yard FG.

Hyde - He has earned a pay raise in this playoffs. That interception was a game changing play the defense needed. Unfortunately the offense didn't capitalize on it, but up by 15 points that should have been the play that won it for the Packers.

There are a lot of people worth noting for Game Balls. I just highlighted the ones that were exceptional in the game.

Lame Calls - The Skip Bayless's of the world that will try to talk shit about this team.

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NickPerry's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:36 am

Hey RC...Sorry but I was bringing up Bayless at the same time you were I guess. You can't clown Bayless enough IMO though.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:38 am

No problem Nick.

No you can't. I can't stand him, and guys like him.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:24 am

If you I like Skip Bayless I think that says something about you.

Folks get on Aikman but he called Bayless out plain and simple.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:33 am

I'm fine with Aikman. Can't stand Skip...

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BradHTX's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:33 am

He's incredibly obnoxious, but I think most people forget he's not really an actual journalist, he's a business person selling a commodity: himself. He gives himself value by spouting outrageous opinions. If he provided legitimate, balanced commentary, he'd just be another barely known local sportswriter.

Like Rush Limbaugh and Michael Moore and others, he doesn't report the news, he makes money through gaining attention by offering his opinion on it. And opinions are like *ssholes — everyone's got one, and most of them stink.

Especially in Bayless's case!

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snowdog's picture

January 16, 2017 at 02:17 pm

" but I think most people forget he's not really an actual journalist, he's a business person selling a commodity: himself. " . IMO ,It may not be his core values . However , Aikman still doesn't get a pass .

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Tundraboy's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:39 am

"Unfortunately the offense didn't capitalize on it, but up by 15 points that should have been the play that won it for the Packers."

Did anyone else think about the interception against Seattle in the NFCCG

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NickPerry's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:28 am

Last Game Ball will go to my DVR today.... I'm recording Shannon Sharpe tearing up Skip Bayless this morning. Talk about something that's "Priceless".

Hey Skippy, Rodgers put the Packers ahead or YOUR Cowboys TWICE in the last few minutes. Now will you please just shut the F up!!

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:37 am

i don't know how, but on my twitter timeline yesterday I saw that Skip, said that the Rodgers had an easy pitch and catch to set up the game winning FG. Direct quote from Bayless 'No idea how, if you rush only 3 on the third-and-long, Byron Jones leaves Jared Cook wide open the sideline for easy pitch and catch.'

Another quote 'Congratulations to Dak Prescott for again outplaying Aaron Rodgers, again holding off Romo and again performing like a clutch MVP.

I refuse to watch him or anything regarding him. and I have no idea how those lines got dropped onto my twitter timeline, but I just can't stand him.

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Packer_Pete's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:05 am

I'm there with you. And I really don't understand how a clown like that actually has a job...

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:34 am

seriously... i don't get it...

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NickPerry's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:05 am

That just makes him look completely foolish. He's the ONLY person not calling Rodgers amazing this morning.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:34 am

exactly...

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Tundraboy's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:40 am

Hate that guy. He is a piece of work. What a loser.

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Savage57's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:30 am

Game Balls - Everyone! Except a certain player, whose name happens to rhyme with 'handle', as in "I can't handle any receiver."

Lame Calls - Me. Took my son to the Bucks - Hawks game, raced home following. DVR'd the Packers game. Had set the DVR for +30 minutes. Got to see a freeze frame of Crosby right before impact on the game-winning kick as the last shot. I suck.

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NickPerry's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:19 am

You can never "Suck" when you're spending time with your son!

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croatpackfan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:29 am

Don't be too hard to yourself. You are young, you will learn ;-)

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pacman's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:24 am

Why weren't you watching the game with your son? I was!

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vj_ostrowski's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:35 am

You were watching the game with his son? Creepy!!!

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LayingTheLawe's picture

January 16, 2017 at 11:13 am

VJ - that was outstanding

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Razer's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:58 am

Had to keep reminding myself to breathe throughout this game. If we would have scored (instead of interception) to make the game 35 to whatever, I could have exhaled but the buggers made me wait until the end.

Game Balls to the offense for starting fast. Our early lead was the ultimate difference in winning this game. Momentum swung to Dallas for much of the second half.

Game Ball to our TEs who made the difference without Jordy.

Game Ball to Capers for getting enough out of a secondary where only Hyde and Dix have any veteran experience. It wasn't pretty but they held at the end.

Game Ball to the coaching staff for having these guys ready to play in the Lion's den. We had them on their heals from the opening whistle and that was important.

Lame Call to Damarious Randall for not being competitive. Gunter our UDFA may have been schooled by Bryannt but he contested every throw and played tight. Randall our 1st round pick was hopelessly out of position or trying to catchup to his assignment most of the night. He was the only guy that didn't make the flight to Dallas. If we had more alternatives he would have been on the bench.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:26 am

"only Hyde and Dix have any veteran experience."

Do any other folks here think Brice looks like a future starter?

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Razer's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:45 am

Been waiting for a solid hitter like this for a while. With some coaching and experience he will bring some much needed toughness to our secondary. I like the fight in both Brice and Gunter.

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Handsback's picture

January 16, 2017 at 10:42 am

Love the hit he put on Beasley, and I haven't seen that before because he's so slippery. Brice also brought down Zek when he had a pretty good hole in front of him. Brice has some big league tackling ability.

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croatpackfan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:31 am

"Game Ball to the coaching staff for having these guys ready to play in the Lion's den."
Well I thought we played in Cow's den, not Lion's one. We already solved LIon's den earlier...

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pacman's picture

January 16, 2017 at 07:57 am

And a big shout-out to Hyde for the interception - might be the smartest football move this year other than many of AR's. He got dumped on a lot this year for just not having the skill set, but some guys have skill but not the brains for it. (Apparently the case with Janis but it would be really great if he could be converted to a CB. We could use a big strong fast one of those.)

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GVPacker's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:01 am

I really enjoyed the Packers victory and one of the biggest reasons was all of the Hype and Love the NFL Network and the FOX NFL crew was bestowing on America's Team. Looks like America's Team is cleaning out their lockers and headed for the golf course. Jason Garret has perfected the We Lost To The Packers In The Post Season Again Press Conference. As a matter of fact he could probably teach a college course on that topic, he's got it down pat!. The Packers weren't supposed to win this game according to the so-called experts. I guess for the next week we will be listening to the Matty Ice Bull Sh_T and how he and Julio Jones will send the Packers home, let's see about!

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Couch Cleats's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:02 am

Lame Calls" The officials not calling PI / holding on the two plays that Adams almost had his jersey ripped off!

Don't want to give Lame Calls to the players after pulling that one out but I thought Jake Ryan played like a star against NY and not nearly as well yesterday.

Randall has got to be ineffective because of injury. Otherwise we've wasted another high pick on a defensive player. I really don't believe thats true because he has played great at times last year at one of the games most difficult positions. The comparison to Davonte's season last year seems like a good one to me (I hope).

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Razer's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:21 am

I would like to blame Randall's play on injury but his lack of competitiveness and body language after each play tells me that his isn't owning his poor play. He needs to step up or sit out.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:36 am

I seriously don't get how 2 officials that were looking right at Adams, don't throw a flag on that one. Horrible non call...

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Couch Cleats's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:04 am

One more Lame Call: Aikman saying that Cook caught the first TD more than once when it was Rodgers and never correcting himself.

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snowdog's picture

January 16, 2017 at 02:37 pm

Aikman . it's Gunter .. not .. Gunner .

"One more Lame Call: Aikman saying that Cook caught the first TD more than once when it was Rodgers and never correcting himself. "

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PackFan619's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:12 am

I believe Kenny Clark is going to be a star. A lot of people have been calling him out for not making more plays as a first round pick, but the guy just turned 21. All year you can see the athleticism when you watch him, and I think we're starting to see the light turn on more consistently. He's getting smarter and the game is slowing down. I can't wait to watch him get better with each game.

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vj_ostrowski's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:41 am

Our local beat has been doing a disservice to Kenny this season. Both Bob McGinn and Rob Demovsky have talked about Clark being a "disappointment."

I don't think our beat could analyze DL play if they were being sacked themselves.

Not that he's been a world-beater, but he has shown CONSISTENT improvement over the course of the season, and an NT will (almost) never be a big stat-maker type player. It's often been said DT/NT is one of those positions that takes a year or two of tech training and strengthening to get to where you're going, too. He was 20 when drafted, for crying out loud.

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RCPackerFan's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:38 am

I like Clark. I see a lot of skills there. He bull rushed his OL bak into Dak's face more then once.

I really think Clark has a bright future.

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vj_ostrowski's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:42 am

Nothing makes me happier than seeing Jerry Jones' head becoming increasingly more purple as his team loses yet another playoff game.

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mcduff67's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:42 am

This could be Dja Vu as GB has beaten both NE & the
Steelers in previous SB's The Falcons made a mistake getting in the path of the Pack! Our tough opponent in Dallas disposed, it's on to the Super Bowl GO PACK!!!!!

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pacman's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:57 am

NOOOOOO! I certainly hope this team will not take Atlanta lightly. That's a formula for losing. Rest up, heal a bit, STAY HUNGRY and come ready to play. Atlanta will certainly be.

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gbpackerowner's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:48 am

I'd like to add a Lame Call to the artificial crap turf field. It is a contributing factor to twisted knees and ankles. Could have really ended badly for Bak and Adams. Football is meant to be played on grass outdoors.
My Game Ball is the entire team sticking it to Jerry Jones down in Jerry World

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Couch Cleats's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:56 am

I think Atlanta might be the toughest opponent this year. With the injuries to our secondary (and now Burnette) that Atlanta team is going to be a challenge. I see a game very similar to the Dallas game. I do think we will have a more effective pass rush against Atlanta though. Gonna have to score a lot of points again. Hopefully Adams wont be hobbled next week.

For those commenting on Brice - yea, that guy is different. Chuck Cecil anyone??

Would love to see a couple hits like that on Atlantas receivers early in the game next week!

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zoellner25's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:00 am

Jason, when was the last time Clay got a game ball? I remember only about 2 plays he made yesterday and wasn't even on the field alot

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carusotrap's picture

January 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

Clay has become JAG. I'd really like someone smarter than me to figure out why.

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vj_ostrowski's picture

January 16, 2017 at 04:12 pm

Take this with a grain of salt:

1 - Clay has lost a bit of a step

2 - He frequently (a majority of the time, in fact) tries to go around the tackle and ends up getting run past the QB, who can now step up and throw. When coverage is there and he gets a little more time, this leads to his classic style of sack that sometimes comes with a strip.

But because of "1", "2" happens with less frequency. If you watch last night's game again, count how many times you see Clay standing behind the quarterback a second or two after he throws the ball.

He doesn't have the size and strength to truly engage the tackle straight on and has to beat him with quickness. He's losing quickness and he's never been great at actually "bending the edge", as the scouts say. So he runs around the tackle with a greater arc that takes longer to get home.

I'm not trying to say he wasn't a tremendous player once - in fact he should have been DPotY that one year, but I think that time is up.

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Since'61's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:37 am

Game Balls: Mason Crosby, Aaron Rodgers is in one those stretches where he is playing QB as well as or better than any other QB that I have ever seen. His legs, mobility and accuracy on the move have become the difference maker for the Packers once again. Jared Cook great catch for the game winner. OL another solid game. Micah Hyde makes big plays when we need them. Nick Perry playing through injury and still making plays.
Lame Calls: C. Michaels. CM3, D. Jones and Peppers (you guys need to show up). Officials were terrible all game, (none worse than marking off only 5 yards on a 15 yard penalty and missing numerous def. holding calls).
COW again and as usual for knocking the Packers and not giving them any chance to win.

Packers keep finding ways to win, great team win with great clutch performances by A. Rodgers, J. Cook and Mason Crosby. On to Atlanta! Go Pack Go!! Thanks, Since '61

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Bert's picture

January 16, 2017 at 09:44 am

Game Ball - To the equipment guy who got Lang's helmet repaired with Barclay only playing two plays.

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Razer's picture

January 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

Ha, ha. I groaned so loud when I saw Barclay come in that my girlfriend thought I was injured.

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carusotrap's picture

January 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

My question was that considering the Packers have what, $50 million, in the bank, they've only got one helmet for each player?

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StvHld's picture

January 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

How about giving the refs a lame call. The missed to glaring defensive holding calls against Dallas. Both time against Davante Adams. The first time they nearly ripped off his jersey!

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Handsback's picture

January 16, 2017 at 10:43 am

How does a WR have their shoulder pads hanging out unless a DB has been holding them?

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Handsback's picture

January 16, 2017 at 10:47 am

The only lame calls are to the injury report. How can one team always have so many injuries. Dallas had their starter CB go out during the game, but every other starter was playing. I wonder what that would feel like?

The coaches have found a way to win with duct tape and baling wire. I hope they can do it two more games.

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LayingTheLawe's picture

January 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

Rodgers had 356 yards and two touchdowns. I am, not sure what is needed to be considered a good stat day. Montgomery ran it in twice so I guess that means Rodgers didn't do as well then.

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mrtundra's picture

January 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Lame Call for the GB defender colliding with Gunther and injuring Gunther in the process. There appeared to be plenty of room for that Defender to move to so he would not collide with Gunther. How many times, this season, have we seen GB defenders collide with each other? I think that defender was Burnett. Anyone?

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Bert's picture

January 16, 2017 at 02:17 pm

It was Burnett who collided with Gunter and left the game with a thigh injury. Seemed like the secondary kinda went downhill after Burnett left the game. Not a coincidence given he and Dix have been holding the secondary together with duct tape much of the season. That collision could prove very costly if Burnett is unable to go in Atlanta.

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mrtundra's picture

January 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Game ball to Brice for his statement hit on Beasley. I thought it was Chuck Cecil come back to play for GB! Nice job, Brice!

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Lphill's picture

January 16, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Game balls to the Packers
Lame calls. COWs prediction .

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Denise Chanterelle's picture

January 16, 2017 at 01:42 pm

IMO, it really shows that the Packers practice those shoe-string sideline throws on a regular, daily, basis. What we witnessed yesterday with Rodgers pinpoint passing and exact route running by the receivers demonstrated that. This is what good coaching can do; teach effective, exact preciseness to the route runners. What a game for the ages this was! I will always cherish & remember it. Go Packers!

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dcharlesc's picture

January 16, 2017 at 01:56 pm

Ted Thompson. Cook pickup, letting Sitton go to save $6m on cap and get him out of our locker room, Clark pick, not signing Malcom Floyd. All unpopular decisions.

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Big_Mel_75's picture

January 16, 2017 at 06:13 pm

I think now is the time to reward Cook with a team friendly deal to give him extra motivation for the super bowl. Also need to give Hyde and Lang the extensions they deserve.

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bad-y's picture

January 16, 2017 at 08:47 pm

OK. I will admit to posting negative comments on this site early in the season regarding the signing of Schum, so I will stop questioning TT's decision. Now , he needs to come up with a couple of DBs. Don't know if Shields will be back next year. Randall not playing too well. Depth is needed for next year. Micah Hyde cannot cover for everybody.

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