Monday, November 25, 2013

Packers Come Back To Tie Game | Vikings Rivalry Has New Chapter

Packers Vikings Rivalry
The Packers and Vikings rivalry dates back to 1960 and with all the down to the wire games they have played over the course of the last 53 years, it had to happen eventually. They played to a tie, 26-26 to be exact. It was just the second tie in the history of this rivalry. The other tie was a 10-10 game back in 1978, during the Packers “dark years.” With that said, here is what we liked and did not like about this game.

What We Liked - A few weeks ago we said that we didn’t think Matt Flynn should sign with the Packers. We would like to take a moment to retract that statement. We forgot for a moment that Matt Flynn has a track record with the Packers two best offensive players minus Aaron Rodgers- wide receivers James Jones and Jordy Nelson. Flynn not only understands what Mike McCarthy wants done on offense, but he knows where those two want the ball, and that showed late in this game. Of course, Jordy Nelson would catch the ball if it was thrown to the other side of the field to another receiver. Nelson might have the best set of hands in the league.

Speaking of the wide receivers, we liked how they stepped up to the plate for Matt Flynn in the second half. All three of them, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Jarrett Boykin started making plays in the fourth quarter and in overtime. We also liked how Eddie Lacy ran the ball today. Lacy showed up for the first time since the Monday Night game against the Bears. Lacy finished the day with 25 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown. Had he not been knocked out of the game, the Packers may have gone for it on 4th and goal at the one yard line on the first possession of overtime. We also liked how the defense stepped up in the fourth quarter and gave Matt Flynn a chance to make this miracle comeback happen. We liked the play of Clay Matthews. Clay got back to his old tricks and sacked Christian Ponder several times.

What We Didn’t Like - We want to know where the defense was the rest of the game and in overtime. In fact, we would like to know where the defense has been for the last month. Of course, this defense wasn’t built to be on the field for long stretches. They can’t play that way without Rodgers, so they are scrambling to adjust in his absence. We also didn’t like the play calling once the Packers got inside the red zone on the last possession of the fourth quarter and the first possession of overtime. We believe the Packers blew two chances to win the game on those two drives.  

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