There was nothing more fun to follow than the Green Bay Packers. As a Packer fan, you were always looking forward to Sundays. Watching Brett Favre lead his team to victory after a long grueling off-season. It seemed as if Brett Favre was the only one that could perform against the Niners and their famous defense.
I remember the first game back from the suspension and I remember thinking to myself, “This might be my favorite game ever!” The first quarter started with the normally dependable running back, Michael Vick, taken out with a scary-looking neck injury. You could see why people were so worried about this. They weren’t sure if it was serious or not. After the quick substitution of the starter-at-brief, the Packers were able to put the game behind them and come away with a much-needed victory.
A couple of weeks later, against a very tough opponent in the divisional playoffs, the Packers once again had to deal with a missed practice session with the team. This time it was backup quarterback, Brian Bosworth who dropped the ball in the end zone. This loss dropped the Packers into the realm of the cellar in the playoffs. With less than a month to go until the Super Bowl, it was now or never for this young team.
Entering the final week of the season the Packers needed a win badly. A loss at the hands of the defending NFC Champions would drop them to 3-5. The week before they lost to the hated Eagles in Philadelphia. They lost by a score of eighteen to fourteen. With a loss like that one, too many times is too much and the team couldn’t overcome such a low energy feeling.
In the first quarter, the teams battled back to take a seven-point lead. However, on the very next play, the Eagles scored a touchdown with a field goal. This lead was too much for the Packers to overcome. Two minutes later the Packers took another lead with a field goal made by a running back named James Jones. This gave the Packers a ten-point lead they just couldn’t lose at this crucial point in the game.
The next week the Packers took on the hated Lions in what should have been a must-win game for the Packers. Instead, the Packers were embarrassed again. They lost by a score of twenty-one to seven. It seemed as if the week had gone by quickly.
What happened the last week to turn things around for the Packers? The injury to some key players has opened up a can of worms for the Packers. Starting Quarterback Brett Favre was carted off the field with an ankle sprain. He is questionable to return to the game. Backup quarterback Scott Tolzmann was also carted off with an injury and does not look like himself either.
These are ten things we learned from the Packers’ 30-28 win over the 49ers. The San Francisco Giants will be far from the playoffs this year and will likely be eliminated early in the postseason. This will be a tough loss for the Packers and their fans. However, this is a situation that only the Green Bay Packers can control and no one else can make them accountable.
The offense put up huge numbers in both games. However, the running game was nonexistent in the loss to the Niners and the defense held the team to just a field goal in the other game. If these two teams were to play again this week, it is very likely that the Packers would lose by at least one to two. Although they have not proven they can beat the best team in the NFL, the expectations have to be extremely high for this team.
The defense has been playing well but needs to improve in coverage. Injuries to some key players have hurt the defensive unit in both games. The Niners receivers and tight end are one up to point on the Packers on this list. They had great success last week against the Cowboys and should bounce back against the Packers. The overall defensive unit has to give the Packers a better performance than they have in the past two weeks.
As we move into the playoffs with a three-game lead over the rest of the NFC, I am expecting this team to carry the confidence into the next round. We can beat anyone, as long as we play our game. This was a good game for the Packers, and hopefully, we can continue to improve. I hope you enjoyed reading about the ten things we learned from the Packer’s 30-28 win over the San Francisco 49ers.