Sunday, January 18, 2015

Green Bay Packers: WTF???

This afternoon, as I left the house to go to work, the Green Bay Packers had a 12 point lead, had the ball and looked like they were going to win easily.
By the time I got to work, 8 minutes later, the Packers were trailing and ended up losing in overtime.
From ESPN: Never doubt the resilience of the Seattle Seahawks.
Plagued by turnovers and outplayed much of Sunday by Green Bay, the Seahawks staged an improbable comeback and beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Russell Wilson, who struggled until the final minutes, hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into the extra period to end the game.
Seattle (14-4) trailed 19-7 with about four minutes remaining and had been ineffective on offense all game. Wilson finally put a drive together with passes to Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch -- initially ruled a touchdown but called back because he stepped out of bounds. Wilson finished with a 1-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 19-14 with 2:09 left.
The onside kick went high to Packers tight end Brandon Bostick, but he couldn't gather it, and Seattle's Chris Matthews recovered at the 50. The crowd, which had been quiet since falling behind 16-0, came alive and Lynch sped and powered his way to a 24-yard TD run. On the 2-point conversion, Wilson -- about to be sacked -- threw a desperate pass hauled in by Luke Willson to make it 22-19 with 1:25 remaining.
Aaron Rodgers, limping on an injured calf, calmly led the Packers (13-5) down the field to set up Mason Crosby's fifth field goal, a 48-yarder with 14 seconds to go to force overtime.
Then Wilson and Kearse struck, with Kearse -- the target on all four of Wilson's interceptions -- beating Tramon Williams on the winning pass. Kearse caught the winning score in last year's conference title win over San Francisco, too.
As my wife was feeding me the information, my first thought was she was pulling a joke on me and then I felt anger towards the Packers.  I then wondered if any Packer players or coaches were bought.  Yeah,  I am looking at A.J. Hawk, Aaron rodgers and Brandon Bostick along with coaches Dom Capers and Mike McCarthy.
A.J. Hawk completely blew his coverage on the fake field goal attempt that turned into a touchdown.  Even a middle school football player knows you never leave a potential receiver on a field goal go uncovered, which Hawk did.
Rodgers, after Richard Sherman got hurt, did not go after Sherman after Sherman got into the game.  Why?  Sherman was essentially playing with 1 arm and Rodgers didn't go after him right after he got hurt.
Bostick screwed up the on-side kick by not letting Jordy Nelson get the ball on the onside kick.
Capers defense allowed 2 touchdowns within a couple of minutes of each other at the end of the game.  Why?
McCarthy, refused to go after Sherman immediately after he was hurt and his team allowed 3 touchdowns at the very end of the game.
So, in my anger, I thought a player or coach was paid off to throw the game.
But in the end, the Seattle Seahawks wanted to win more, outplayed the Packers when it mattered the most- at the end of the game and Seattle was outcoached when it mattered most.
Yes, this is just a football game, but this is not Pee Wee football, this is football where you supposedly have the best of the best players and coaches in the world and you have cheered for your team going on for 50 years.
So, yes, this Packer game hurts, especially since they should have won the game except for some horrible play down the stretch.
But at least I do have some comfort: I am not a Chicago Bears fan.

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