Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Pack Lose a Heartbreaker in OT, Falling 51-45 to the Cards
WOW what a game. Neither Defense showed up and the Packers at one point found themselves down 31-10. The Packers turned over the ball 2 times in their first three possessions on Offense.
Then the dust settled and the Pack came roaring back scoring at will. Probably the best call of McCarthy's career came early in the 3rd quarter when after scoring, the Packers fooled the Cards with an onside kick, recovering it with ease. The surprised Cards didn't even know what hit them. A few minutes later Aaron Rodgers and the Packers scored again, putting up 14 points in less than 5 minutes.
But the Packers Defense, ranked #2 in the league after the regular season, just could not stop the Cards highpower attack. Both teams traded scores in what turned out to be the highest scoring playoff game in the history of the NFL.
The Packers eventually would tie the game, but the Cards had just under 2:00 minutes to score and win the game. Neil Rackers, the Cards kicker, who had only missed two field goals all year, blew a 34 yard FG to win it at the end of regulation.
The Packers then won the coin toss in OT, and on the first play in OT, Aaron Rodgers just missed a wide open Greg Jennings that would have been 6 points and a Pack win for sure. That's a pass that Rodgers will play over and over as he watches the playoffs from home!! The play brought back memories of Favre to Jennings against Denver in OT, and the Packers game against the Bears in week 1, when Greg Jennings scored on a bomb with little time on the clock.
A few plays later, Rodgers was nailed by the Cards Mike Adams who grabbed his facemask and Rodgers fumbled, then kicked the ball in the air, allowing Karlos Dansby to pick it up in the air, and run in for the game winning play in OT.
NO CALL BY THE OFFICALS, and a lot of unhappy Packers fans!!! The play has been the subject of debate over the past few days, with most people in favor of the Pack. Too bad for the Pack that this controversial play ended the Packers season. Now TT and the Pack get to focus on what some consider the Packers brass does the best at and that's the draft!!! Plenty more to come as the offseason never ends for the Green & Gold.