Packers 41 Vikings 17: Game Balls & Lame Calls

Pack responds to big moment with best game of the season.

What happened at Lambeau Field late Sunday afternoon felt like more than a football game. It felt like an announcement. Until now, I suspect the NFL world really didn’t take the Green Bay Packers seriously as a playoff contender, much less a Super Bowl contender. 

But this was a news conference to the rest of the league. A 41-17 dismantling of a 12-3 division champion, an opponent that was playing for the very real possibility of earning the number one seed. Now that should get some attention. The Packers are getting better and better every week. The improvement is not subtle. 

Now it is the other guys getting rattled and making the mistakes that lose you games. Now it is Green Bay forcing the backbreaking turnovers (twelve in the last four games) that were killing them at midseason. It also doesn’t hurt to get a few breaks along the way. When the Vikings lost two of their starting offensive linemen in the first quarter, and were forced into playing their third string center, it destroyed the confidence of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who played his worst game of the season. 

The most impressive aspect of this victory is that the entire team, every phase, outplayed the opponent. Outplayed them significantly. The Packers got touchdowns running, passing, on defense, and on special teams. It has taken sixteen games, but all of the pieces are coming together. The timing couldn’t be better. 

GAME BALLS 

Joe Barry 

C’mon now. I know you don’t want to, but you have to give the much maligned defensive coordinator his due. His game plan to stop the explosive Vikings offense was masterful, and he had his unit totally prepared to execute it perfectly in the game. They gave up a lot of yards, but constantly came up with clutch plays to squelch any momentum the Purple tried to establish. Cousins didn’t play his worst game by accident. Green Bay’s scheme kept Justin Jefferson covered while still holding the running backs to 65 yards rushing, all the while Cousins was feeling heat. I’m not saying Barry has earned the right to keep his job, but on this day he and his staff were brilliant. We need it again next week. 

Jaire Alexander 

The stat line says it all. Five targets for Justin Jefferson. One catch for fifteen yards. Jaire’s coverage, combined with nicely executed safety help over the top, was so effective, Cousins just stopped looking that way. I do wish our Pro Bowl corner could tone down the celebrations just a bit. I’m afraid he’s going to get us a taunting penalty at a critical time. Love the energy. Just maybe dial it down a hair? 

TJ Slaton 

The second year defensive lineman got the start in the absence of Dean Lowry and had his best game. He postered Dalvin Cook for no gain in the first quarter. He played a key role in helping to stuff Cook twice on the goal line to force a field goal. He batted down two passes. He tipped the pass that was picked off by Adrian Amos. He took full advantage of the double teams on Kenny Clark to wreak havoc on run and pass. He played so well, the coaches were hard pressed to take him out in order to get Devonte Wyatt into the game. 

Aaron Jones 

If the defense and special teams struck like lightning, it was Jones who delivered the body blows. He ran 14 times for 111 yards, averaging just under eight yards per carry. His performance put him over the one thousand yard mark for the year. He is among the best in the league at spotting the cutback lane and exploding through the hole. The Packers are managing his snaps because of nagging knee and ankle problems. He will be desperately needed against the Lions. 

So many other game balls that could be given out. Let’s just lump them all into a super honorable mention category. Keisean Nixon’s 105 yard kickoff return, the first kick returned for a score by Green Bay since 2011. Kenny Clark for his spectacular strip sack and fumble recovery in the third quarter. Allen Lazard who was a third down conversion machine. Adrian Amos who had a pick and beautiful pass defensed on the goal line. Aaron Rodgers alertly calling for a quick snap to catch the Vikings with twelve men on the field, giving Green Bay a critical first down in the red zone during a twelve play, seven minute touchdown drive that basically put the game away. The entire offensive line for paving the way for 163 yards rushing and allowing just one sack. Welcome back Bakh. Mason Crosby for his 56 yard field goal to end the half. Darnell Savage, who celebrated his return to the line up with a 75 yard pick six. There’s more, but you get the idea. Lots of contributors. 

LAME CALLS 

Middle defense 

The one vulnerable spot on the defensive side of the ball was the short middle. Cousins had too much success going there, particularly to tight end TJ Hockenson, who wound up with seven catches. It seemed as though Green Bay was conceding ten to fifteen yards over the middle any time the Vikings wanted it. The Packers were repeatedly bailed out with big, drive killing turnover plays. Perhaps the loose coverage was by design to prevent the long ball. But I’d like to see Barry adjust to tighten up this area of the field a bit. 

Another Red Zone Fail 

Long before we knew the game would turn into a blowout, the Packers drove to a first and goal at the six. Those red zone miseries reared their ugly head again. Dillon ran for two, then ran again for one, and on third down Rodgers missed Lazard. Crosby’s field goal made it 17 to 3 but, at the time, it felt like the Packers were going to regret this later in the game. 

Blocked punt 

Really an ugly looking play. A kick should never be blocked from the middle. Massive protection failure. here again the Packers were bailed out by an awesome goal line stand, and the Vikings, despite starting at the one yard line, got only three out of it.  

THREE AND OUT 

-- By late in the third quarter, the Vikings were so rattled, they didn’t even know they only had ten men on the field on defense for an important third down play. Rodgers quickly spotted the opening and threw for a conversion to Randall Cobb. 

-- It’s a bit nitpicky, but I would have liked to see the defensive reserves hold up a little better at garbage time. They looked terrible in giving up a quick fourteen points to the Vikings reserves. 

-- Are you getting a 2010 vibe? That year the Packers squeaked into the playoffs as the lowest seed, won three straight games on the road, and then beat the Steelers in the Super Bowl. A pipe dream you say? After what has gone down over the last month, I wouldn’t rule out anything. 

 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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Charvid's picture

January 02, 2023 at 07:42 am

Not to over hype it, but…

TEAM OF DESTINY!!

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croatpackfan's picture

January 02, 2023 at 07:53 am

Nice pick ups for game balls and lame calls, Ken.

For further discussion, I'm prepared to watch the game today again, as from time to time in the game offense looked a little bit behind the other 2 phases of the team.

Overall, nice New Year present from team to Packers Nation. I felt a lot of joy, but that was first impression.

Also, do not be fooled by number of points scored in this game. Those points were scored vs officialy the worst D in NFL (19th vs run, 31st vs pass and joint stats say 32nd in NFL).

On the other hand, Vikings are at top 5 with their O, so cudos to the all defense for dominant performance. Also congratulation to Nixon for his 1st TD as Packers.

I feels that combination of 1 yard stop and ST TD was the game changer that light up all Packers players and brought desperation in opposite team. That desperation become deeper more, followed by TD on D. Savage was playing his best game of the season, if not through his tenure with GBP.

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Minniman's picture

January 02, 2023 at 03:59 pm

Don't underestimate that failed MN FG late in the 2nd - followed by the 56-yard Crosby doink and score. That 6 point turnaround mentally sunk the Vikes. The Tonyan score iced it after that.

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PackyCheese500's picture

January 02, 2023 at 06:32 pm

Also remember the only 2 TDs the Vikings scored came in garbage time against our backup Defense.

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:04 am

No we don't. Defense played great despite Dingle Barry. I'm not giving Barry any credit for the game plan. I have no evidence it was his game plan. For all I know it was De'Vondre Campbell calling the defense. For over a decade we've blamed AR12 for changing every run play to a pass play. Maybe Campbell called what he wanted to call? Seems more plausible than Barry coming up with a decent game plan out of the blue after 16 weeks of incompetence.

You can give a game ball to the Defense, I have no problem with that, but to give credit to Dingle Barry for their performance is like giving Amari Rodgers credit for training Nixon to return KOs... SMH

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croatpackfan's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:32 am

Maybe, Barry told D on the meeting to call the plays by wish. And he will watching them only.

If is that, he still reserves game ball... Addition by subtraction?

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:12 am

Lol... (I think I deciphered what you were trying to say.)

I was being cheeky, but if in fact the defense played better because of Barry, I want to know why it took 17 weeks for him to pull his head out?

Players not plays. Thinking the subtraction of Dean Lowry was instrumental in Packers Defensive up-surge.

I know everyone is giving Barry credit for the defense yesterday, but I find it difficult to believe it was because of Barry. I'm not in the meeting rooms, but when not one defensive player gives credit to the DC in interviews, I would surmise it was something other than the DC for our improvement on that side of the ball.

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:43 am

Apparently, it was the players demanding to play man-to-man defense and the ILBs getting their drops corrected. Campbell had a very solid game and was directing traffic with urgency. Slaton made his statement.
Four down linemen vs Detroit would fluster the blocking assignments for the cats. See if this team can maintain the energy two weeks in a row. Temps in the teens by game time, Sunday.

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DragonSilk's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:54 am

One could ask why it took 17 weeks for the whole team to pull its head out. We should be resting some of the older vets this week instead having to beat a Lions team that won't roll over and die like the Queens did.

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Coldworld's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:54 am

It’s a fascinating question. How much was that accident or design on Barry’s part? The Championship game last year seemed an outlier, an extreme one. Is yesterday too? I’d say that’s the most fascinating question posed by yesterday’s performance.

Yesterday Barry’s group won that game for us with help from Nixon despite another flat performance on O from all but Jones/the O line. I think that deserves a game ball for someone, but who?

Jaire explicitly credited the game plan. I didn’t listen to others, but he was clear about them being excited about that plan going into the game. For whatever that’s worth.

Personally I don’t know what to make if it at this point. I’d say the forgone conclusion of departure probably is no more. I’m not sure that’s wise or not, but that performance at least suggests the wisdom of reconsideration.

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coolhand's picture

January 02, 2023 at 02:29 pm

What Jaire did to Jefferson yesterday he needs to repeat against the sun god on Sunday!

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Minniman's picture

January 02, 2023 at 04:01 pm

Well, someone sanctioned Alexander to play man coverage for most of the game.

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nygary's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:15 am

Zach Tom played a very solid game. As he gets more reps I think he will become an excellent OL.

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Coldworld's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:00 am

If he adds strength, he might just be the best pick in this draft, not overlooking Watson. He has been excellent and I’ve enjoyed eating crow about his readiness.

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Slim11's picture

January 03, 2023 at 07:10 pm

Think he makes a legitimate argument for the Packers’ rookie of the year on offense.

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Charvid's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:20 am

If we hold Detroit to 15 points again, like we did in last meeting, we win the re-match and we’re in.

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ReaganRulz's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:21 am

And on the lighter side, I did enjoy the maestro performance by Dillon and his symphony after his TD. I know these celebrations can get corny, but it’s a sign that they are having fun and glad to see the fellas enjoying their performance. Not sure what instrument Rodgers was trying to play…maybe the bass?

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croatpackfan's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:29 am

Guitar!

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coolhand's picture

January 02, 2023 at 02:31 pm

It looked like Tonyan was on guitar and Rodgers was on bass

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porupack's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:22 am

Darn. The risks of having hope again, lol. What sports fans do.

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PatrickGB's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:25 am

The very biggest, I mean the very very biggest lame call came from me. I posted my feelings that the team would lose. I own that. (Maybe I should do that more often as a kinda reverse Voodoo?)

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:14 am

*Don't feel like the Lone Ranger Pat! When we were 4 - 8, so many of us (ME) didn't see us winning another game. Mostly because we were so down, but the arrow was definitely pointing down.

Yet, Aaron Rodgers had faith. (We) (Me) Should've too.

Always nice when you (we) can admit our shortfalls and the Green Bay Packers prove us wrong.

Honestly, after trouncing mini yesterday, I feel better about our Super Bowl chances this year than I have the last two seasons. Rodgers is a "Bad Man!" He's dangerous when underestimated, so maybe we back into the playoffs this year, peaking at the perfect time, and once in the dance, maybe this year is more like 2010 than 2020?

We can hope!

1st we have to take the Lions to the woodshed, then we can start praying for one amazing performance after another.

This definitely feels like the "Last Dance" to me...

How about y'all?

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T7Steve's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:30 am

Two important division games in January. Need anyone say anything else? one down one to go. Let's beat the Lions and then see where we are.

A month or two ago who would have thought we'd have meaningful January football?

Love it. Lions will be a test, but it will be at home. Can't let them beat us at home.

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Philarod's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:45 am

Game: Really, this was a complete team effort, but if I have three game balls to give:

^ Collectively, to the D for the amazing goal-line stand.
^ Keisean Nixon for his 105-yard return to the house.
^ Crosby for his 56-yard FG before halftime.

Lame: STs for the blocked punt.

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mrtundra's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:46 am

Game balls to everyone who contributed to this win.

Lame calls to the soft zone that gave Jefferson his only receiving yards of the game. Lame calls on the blocked punt.

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NickPerry's picture

January 02, 2023 at 08:56 am

Game Balls... Hey, I've been especially hard on MLF this season but I have to give him his due for keeping this team on the tracks, because after that Detroit game I figured LaFleur had totally lost this team and it had completely derailed of the tracks. No matter what MLF deserves credit for this resurgence no matter who they've played.

AR12... For actually MANAGING the game and sticking with the run. Rodgers deep ball leaves a lot to be desired, but that toss play to the right with Jones is fucking GOLD.

Speaking of Jones what a game. He's playing dinged up, no doubt about it, but that kid has so much heart! No matter what the Packers HAVE to find a way to keep Jones involved.

Alexander... He played in Jeffersons face most of the game and was TOTALLY in Jeffersons head yesterday. He chucked him at the LOS and completely took him out of his game making him a NON FACTOR! And when he did the Griddy I about fell down laughing. Not just that, he did it the RIGHT way...He did it Griddying AWAY from Jefferson.

Quay Walker...I don't even care about the penalty. He was making a statement. Not today, not in Lambeau. Walker was ALWAYS going to take time to develop and IMO he's MAYBE halfway to his full potential. I think with his speed and strength, AND how he's gotten better and better, the sky's the limit. It may not have been the smartest pick.AT THAT TIME of the draft, but I think he can be special.

Wyatt... Wyatt made a play I had to watch several times after it happened. He penetrated the LOS and grabbed Cook on a rushing attempt with one arm while battling the O-Linemen with the other. It was really an awesome play by Wyatt. I'm really liking him AND Slaton.

Lame Calls...

MLF... Sorry, I know I gave him a game ball but God Damn... When Nixon returns kicks the way he has and will probably hit 1000 yards for the season in KO returns next week against Lions, you HAVE to ask him WTF Matt? How many losses maybe turn to wins with Nixon retuning kicks and not Rodgers. The same thing HAS to be said about playing Dean Lowry so long. Hey, thanks Dean but you were BAD this season. Slaton and Wyatt should have been playing more long ago. Sad Lowry had to go to IR for them to play them.

I know, I know, they have a ST and DC Coordinators who need to making these adjustments too but it ultimately falls on MLF.

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Guam's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:07 am

I really liked the game Quay Walker played yesterday. He is playing faster and with more aggressiveness than earlier in the season and his impact on the game was substantial. Definitely a game ball for him!

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:22 am

Agreed! I was surprised we picked an ILBer in the 1st round this year, after passing on so many highly regarded ILBers over the years.

Love Quay is developing into a guy we can depend on. This is the time of year the game starts slowing down for some rookies. Lets hope Quay isn't our only rookie to keep progressing, because we're going to need them all to make a real run in the playoffs, once we beat the Lions on Sunday.

I don't care about all the Rodgers haters, I think in the locker room his leadership has produced this late season push. I believe he believes, which in turn gives everyone in that locker room hope.

Magic happens in the NFL every year, lets just hope it happens for the Packers instead of somebody else come playoff time.

Go Pack Go!

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jannes bjornson's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:34 am

Three of Rodgers deep balls were money. Watson has to pull in the shot to the endzone,even with a guy grabbing his arm. The left side shot was obvious PI from the cornerback. The shot to A.Jones on the wheel route was where it should be, Jones a bit shorter than a WR. Perfect toss.

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T7Steve's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:24 am

They seemed to let allot of the hand play go on both sides. I saw quite a few where Douglass and Alexander were all hands and could have been called. It would have been cheap, but Alexander could have even been called for the one he did his dance on.

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Philarod's picture

January 02, 2023 at 05:09 pm

Thanks. I was going to reply on that as well.

He threw three deep balls to Watson.
#1 looked on the money, but appeared to be DPI. Remember, he's releasing it to a spot.
#2 was a perfect ball that CW should've hauled in.
#3 looked to be a little out of bounds.

But 2 out of 3 right on the money on deep shots is excellent.
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The pass to Jones was borderline catchable (height?) -- but all in all, a very good throw.

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Guam's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:04 am

I can't agree with the game ball for Joe Barry. Yes, the defense played a great game, but where the hell was this for most of the season? If it takes 14 or 15 games for the DC to figure out how to use his personnel instead of forcing them into a scheme that doesn't fit their skills, it is time to move on. And for the love of God, please don't revert to that stupid soft zone for Detroit.

Rodgers did not look particularly sharp this game and the offense scored a decent, but not world beating 27 points against a Vikings defense that is not good. With four turnovers from the defense and good to great field position all day, our offense should have put more points on the board.

Romo repeatedly made the point that this Vikings team is not as good as its record and yesterday's game certainly reenforces that notion. Was this a Packers coming out party as the article suggests or just another indicator of how overrated the Vikings are? I don't know, but I suspect Detroit will offer more opposition than Minnesota did.

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Starrbrite's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:37 am

I agree—Detroit is a tougher foe than the Vikes.

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Packer_Fan's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:22 am

Game ball to Zak Thom for playing well at right tackle. And to Lafleur for finally making the decision. We have found the best five just at the right time.

Lame call: Joe Barry going soft at the start of the second half. Got lucky that Clark made the strip sack and recovery.

Second lame ball on the first possession of the second half. Two runs by Jones for a first down. Then three straight passes and a punt. When will Rodgers and Lafleur learn. Ride the run. And then use play action passing.

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Starrbrite's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:39 am

Exactly—ride the run—well said.

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T7Steve's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:28 am

I going to steal "Ride the run". Did you copyright that?

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Houndog's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:36 am

Another great article,
However, I would have a real tough time giving Barry a game ball.
And, before I can commend him for helping get us to 8-8 against the Skol Queens yesterday, it's the second "8" in that record that speaks the highest volumes.
Many of those losses fall directly on Barry and his scheme, or lack thereof, not to mention it took him 17 weeks to adjust. When's the next adjustment coming, next October? I hope not, the Lions are for real!
The Packers proved yesterday what the 'experts' have been saying all year, that the talent on this defense is sufficient. We need a coordinator that knows how to use that talent weekly, not once a year.
With Jim Leonhard and (likely) Ejiro Evero both available MLF has a serious decision to make, and I'm hoping that decision calls for change. I've already seen enough re-runs.

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Esquetoi's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:16 am

I concur HD. It's not as if he had to pinpoint an effort or chemistry problem. It was clearly scheme.

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Coldworld's picture

January 02, 2023 at 12:38 pm

My gut says the same, but my brain says that results need explaining not preconceived certainty. It may be a fluke or it may not. Time and analysis will tell, but it was good enough and general enough to require a fair reappraisal.

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RobinsonDavis's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:50 am

Agree with Ken totally, especially the points of Balls & Calls. The scary thing is this team can still play better offensively and the punt block just can't happen. I would like to put a plug in for Deguara & Slaton, and the whole defensive line as well. I have been especially hard on our #3 & #4 TEs (if you throw the H-BACK role in with this lot). Go back and look at many of the key plays, BIG plays, and you will see Deguara opening holes. Look at Nixon's kick-off return alone. On this play you can throw in the whole team for blocking (Enagbare, McDuffie, Garvin, Wilson, Patrick, et. al) Deguara played a huge, unsung role in this game. Davis made a nice block on Rodgers TD run, when Aaron was trying to reward Deguara.

Slaton deserves a lot of credit for his play as does the whole defensive line. Consider this for a lame call...you sign a WR kick returner, elevate a place kicker, and an RB, then inactivate ALL of them, while leaving your defensive line with a 4 man rotation, then REED went down with a leg cramp late in the 2nd qtr. We have seen this dline wear down before despite playing well early in games. It could have been disastrous not to have another d-lineman available, but these guys sucked it up and played their tails off. D-line game ball, Goal line stand to open the game, 2 deflection interceptions, sack/strip/recovery, etc

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Guam's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:42 am

Ahmad (kicker) was active for the game, but injured his groin in warmups and couldn't play (MLF said he was supposed to handle the kickoffs until the injury). Your point is still very relevant however - would have been nice to see one more D-lineman available.

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RobinsonDavis's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:05 am

Thank you for the kind reply, Guam. My bad!

One other noted about the dline. The refs could have called penalties on both teams. They obviously decided to keep their flags in their pockets for the most part. However, our dline was constantly held, bearhugs and tackles even. The dline deserves lots of credit playing a part in 3 of the turnovers.

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Starrbrite's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:54 am

What a satisfying win—watching Nixon hit the Autobahn to the endzone was electric.
Am I seeing things or did Tonyan look faster and more agile?
The non PI call was a certain TD for Watson; otherwise it was nice not having the officials ruin the game.
The toss play to Jones is the new version of the Lombardi Sweep—it’s our best offensive scheme.
We need a bit stronger pass rush.
Stomp the Kitty Kats!!!
Go Packers!

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JohnnyLogan's picture

January 02, 2023 at 09:59 am

The worst thing that could happen to the Packers is we lose to Detroit, but Barry is retained because of this game. I give the defensive coordinator game ball to Jaire. He talked the talk all week and practically forced Barry's hand into playing tight man. Suddenly, Packer players were in receiver's faces, knocking them off their routes, roughing them up. Playing tackle football, not tag. Jaire would have loved to have said what he said this week after the first game but in deference to his DC and team unity, only hinted at the fact that Barry's scheme sucked.

To quote the great Vinnie, if "Even in a year that has been so improbable, the impossible happens"... and we win the Super Bowl, I'd still get rid of Barry. This defense was not his call and I'd bet my mother's house on that. He was forced into playing man by Jaire and maybe MLF and was forced into playing Wyatt and Slayton because Lowry was down. Lowry starting all year is in itself a punishable offense. Don't the coaches have eyes? Lowry goes down, tight man coverage, and suddenly the defense looked like we all thought it should. Coincidence, I think not.

Sure, give Barry a game ball, but fire him the day the season ends.

Oh, and when will MLF learn that Jones is a better bet than Dillion inside the ten-yard line? Dillon charges ahead like a bull. Jones finds the hole or breaks outside with speed. Again, don't these coaches have eyes?

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MITM's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:10 am

100% agree. Barry didnt have too much to do with the players deciding amongst themselves that they were gonna physically assault the Vikings. That type of attitude comes from guys like Jaire and Rasul and Jarran Reed whose nastiness has rubbed off on the entire DL. Guys like Rudy Ford who came in because of Bisaccia are now benefitting Barry and his defense. This was the players making a statement. Quay Walker is a grown man also who brought that nasty Georgia style to this defense.

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Coldworld's picture

January 02, 2023 at 12:43 pm

I’m not sure that Jones is better than Dillon inside the 10 yard like, particularly inside the 5. They are simply different. Dillon though needs to be used in a more north and south way, as he was yesterday on his TD. Let him get lean and his power directed forward and he’s hard to stop. That’s mostly wasted laterally. Understand the differences between them and it’s a win win.

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Since'61's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:30 am

Game Balls: Nixon, his return ignited the team and the crowd. The entire defense effort. Finally the defense played with a nasty attitude, confidence, aggression and rallied to the ball. Game ball to whoever made that happen. It was a championship level effort. Alexander, Clark, Slaton, Walker and Amos were outstanding.
On offense Jones, Rodgers, Lazard, Lewis and the OL. The OL dominated the LOS supported by Lazard and Lewis. Crosby for his key FG before the half.

Lame Calls: Blocked punt.

It was an excellent effort by the entire team. The Packers finally played a complete game in all phases of the game. The final score should have been 41-0 without the blocked punt and the final 7 minutes of garbage time between the 2nd and 3rd string units on both teams. This could be the beginning of the Packers getting hot at the right time of the season. Great time for the team to peak. Bring on the Lions and Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

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Starrbrite's picture

January 02, 2023 at 02:15 pm

Complete game—great way to put it ‘61.

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jhtobias's picture

January 02, 2023 at 10:57 am

Let me give two game balls to lesser unknowns

1. Zack Tom. A rookie playing his 3rd or 4th position on the oline and performing at a high level again. This young man might be the steal of the draft not only this yr but in the last 10 yrs. 4th round compensatory pick . He is amazing .

2. Quay walker. Dingle berry finally is usuing this man correctly or campbell is putting him in position 6'4 250 sideline to side line freak of nature has really outshined all rk linebackers including devin llyod .

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splitpea1's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:00 am

You need a whole bag of game balls so you can give one to every starter. I loved seeing some of the dazed and confused looks from the Vikings while they were standing on the sidelines.

Add a lame call to Romo, who had a bad case of motormouth at times during the broadcast. I had to turn the channel briefly a couple times to get relief from his incessant babbling.

As impressive as this win was, 2010 vibes are still a bit of a stretch. First we still have to keep the Detroit offense under control, and once we do that, we have to contend with a stronger NFC playoff field than we did back then. SF, as usual, is going to be extremely tough should be get the chance to play them.

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Mr_Bill_H's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:00 am

Ken,

You'll need to keep picking against the Pack! LOL

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MITM's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:04 am

You know who can defend the short middle? Devonte Wyatt did it at Georgia. Kirby Smart had him do it because he is that much of a freak athlete.

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PeteK's picture

January 02, 2023 at 11:13 am

I believe we had to beat the Lions in the early 90s to get into the playoffs, and then played them again in the playoffs. Of course winning both before losing to the Boys.

Tom might not have the size of a prototypical RT, but his agility makes up for it.

Slaton might be the road block NG that this defense needed.

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ricky's picture

January 02, 2023 at 12:07 pm

I would give Barry credit for a strong first half. Once the Packers had a big lead, he seemed to go into that terrible "prevent" defense that meant huge cushions and, as noted, allowing easy passes in the middle of the field. I do agree, Barry needs to be sent packing at the end of the season. Second huge agreement: this season also reminds me of 2010. Which I've stated before, and got a lot of "thumbs down" as a result. But if the Giants could do it twice, and Cincy did it last year, why not the Packers this year? Let Rodgers go out with a second SB MVP.

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Qoojo's picture

January 02, 2023 at 12:44 pm

I was looking for a penalty on Jaire's PD celebration. For the rest of the game, Jaire was in his head. I did notice later in the game that Jaire was no longer shadowing Jefferson. At least the few plays that I started watching for it.

The game was a tale of two OLs heading in different direction. Packers OL getting healthier and Vikings OL losing 2 guys.

I do not get a 2010 vibe. I think the 2010 defense played much better, and the 2010 offense was better. This offense can be good too, but it goes into identity crisis and forgets that balanced run and pass is the only way it functions. AR misses some easy throws and sometimes thinks it's 2011. Too many 3 passes and out.

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Starrbrite's picture

January 02, 2023 at 02:19 pm

Is it me or does it appear we run the toss play much better when running it right? One would think it might be the other way around considering Bahk and Jenkion the left side…
Love that toss play—I keep looking for Kramer and Thurston.
Go Packers!!

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 02, 2023 at 02:32 pm

Aaron Jones had a big run down the left sideline yesterday on that toss play.

Just saying.

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EnemyTerritory's picture

January 02, 2023 at 03:20 pm

I’m eating crow today. I thought the GBP were dead and just missing last rights. It is exciting to see the playoffs as a potential but I cannot get overly amped about this win or playoff chances. The Vikings came into Lambeau with a plus five point differential. They won most of the 12 games by a single, often last minute or play score. And they did that while avoiding major injury bugs. Their only signature win was against the Bills when they had a highlight reel catch and a Bills goal line fumble. They came back from a record deficit to beat a very bad Indianapolis team. They got blown out by the cowboys, the Eagles, and they lost to Lions. That the GBP lost at the shopping mall indoor stadium week one was no surprise. Vikings are a one and done or at best divisional round fraud.

Game ball to Nixon and Alexander. Lame calls to MLF for not giving Love more than the last few minutes. Game was well in hand by fourth quarter. He’s not going to likely play v Lions so why not plays against the division rival in a game that’s over? Blocked punt gets a LC allso

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PackyCheese500's picture

January 02, 2023 at 06:38 pm

Game balls to everyone except the punt protection unit! Notable ones for me are Adrian Amos, Quay Walker, Justin Hollins, and Zach Tom.

Also, Tonyan looks more fluid now, and he had a great performance, and had some terrific blocks. Deguara had some nice blocks too.

Also, I do agree with the game ball to Joe Barry. I know he has been bad, and when he is, he deserves criticizing, but it goes in the inverse as well. He had a great plan vs the Vikings, and it showed. Kudos to him; people can always change. If he keeps this up, perhaps he deserves to return in 2023.

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