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Young Packers nucleus grows up with win in Philadelphia

Aaron Rodgers

It was fitting that Packers cornerback Tramon Williams ended up with the ball on the biggest play of Green Bay’s 21-16 win over the Eagles to finish Wild Card weekend.

An undrafted fourth-year player, Williams has developed from a very raw youngster to one of the best at his position.   The young Packers nucleus has grown together and slowly improved for years.  Now they have a signature win to prove it, and a date with the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round next Saturday.

This was a total team effort, although the final result was in doubt until Williams intercepted a first down throw from Michael Vick in the end zone with only 27 seconds remaining.  Green Bay’s defense bent in the second half, but they forced the Eagles to try field goals too often.  (David Akers missed two.)

Clay Mathews played like a Defensive MVP with a sack and a key third down stop of LeSean McCoy.  It was just enough to end a season no one saw coming from Vick.

“This one hurt more than any of my previous seasons that I played a full season and had an opportunity to play in the playoffs. I just think, I didn’t finish,” Vick said after the game.  “I expected so much out of myself.”

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns, but only for 180 yards on 27 attempts.  The offensive MVP for Green Bay was rookie running back James Starks with 123 rushing yards, with a big assist from a Packers offensive line that played great all day.  Consider it a very good sign the Packers won without Rodgers lighting up the scoreboard.

Just in case you missed it the first 594 times, this was Rodgers’ first playoff win.

“I never felt like there was a monkey on my back,” Rodgers said after the game to FOX’s Pam Oliver.

The Packers were a team once known for losing close games, for poor special teams play, and for ugly clock management.  None of those problems popped up Sunday, except for coach Mike McCarthy’s timid play-calling late in the first half.

This was the natural next step in the development of Rodgers as a great quarterback, and the Packers as title contenders.

Last year, they were the flashy team that ultimately proved more sizzle than substance.   The Eagles filled the role this year.  Philadelphia can beat you one way — with Vick.

The Packers showed again Sunday they are the most complete team in the NFC, with the ammo to win any style of game.

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  1. richm2256 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:40 PM

    THAT’S how MVP quarterbacks always end games, right? Throwing an endzone INT with thirty seconds on the clock?

    Can’t wait to hear Vick’s and Eagles fan’s excuses after this one.

  2. jwil444 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:40 PM

    watch out falcons!

  3. kev86 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:42 PM

    Always the bridesmaids. No ring franchises that talk a lot are the best.

  4. benh999 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:43 PM

    Yet another MVP performance from Vick. His performance tonight solidifies the fact that if anyone else gets the MVP award, it is due to latent racism.

  5. moochzilla says: Jan 9, 2011 8:43 PM

    Hats off. The Packers didn’t even play that well but gutted it out and made plays when they had to. Very gritty performance and they deserved to win.

    Eagles coaching typically awful.

    Yet, if we had McNabb at the helm we lose that gae by 20.

  6. emoney826 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:48 PM

    Pervy,

    What bonehead comment do you have now? We were going to lose to NY, then Chicago, and now philly. You’re a terrible prophet. Let me read your mind…we’re gonna lose at Atlanta, right? And if we beat them, we’ll lose to Chicago? Enjoy you nightmares tonight.

  7. xtb3 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:48 PM

    had akers made just 1 of those 2 very makeable field goals he missed – yes both makeable and both wide right – eagles were already within easy field goal range on that last possesion to win it all with a field goal.

  8. vernskins says: Jan 9, 2011 8:50 PM

    Was that another McNabb sighting at the end of an Eagles playoff game? Guess it doesn’t matter who they plug in at QB … the end result is still the same … choke!

  9. smfowler says: Jan 9, 2011 8:50 PM

    Uh-oh…. let me go grab my dog from the backyard.

  10. cmdrbuffalo says: Jan 9, 2011 8:52 PM

    Could you kiss the Packers’ asses any harder?

    Dropped passes, broken plays, criminally unimaginative play-calling by the Eagles. Both teams looked mediocre, Philadelphia just stepped up at the end and blew it.

    Rodgers is a good quarterback, and there is hope for the future for this team (especially in the suck-fest that is the NFC), but Atlanta should do a good job next week of showing just how far the Packers have to go before they’re a championship-caliber team. Today was tantamount to winning the tallest midget contest.

  11. pastabelly says: Jan 9, 2011 8:57 PM

    They are talented and complete. They do turn the ball over and make mistakes. But if you are going to beat them, you have to play a clean game. Does Matt Ryan have a clean game in him? Cutler certainly does not.

  12. neverend1 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:00 PM

    “The Packers showed again Sunday they are the most complete team in the NFC, with the ammo to win any style of game.”

    OK Gregg, it was a nice and win and all but lets not get ahead ourselves here. It wasn’t a great game by the Packers. This is still a team that can’t protect the passer, can’t run the ball consistently, can’t stop the run consistently, and implodes in close games. This is not a dominant football team, the eagles just played an overall very stagnant game.

  13. bobbyhoying says: Jan 9, 2011 9:02 PM

    Frankly, the Pakers never should have been the sixth seed. It’s stunning they weren’t the first or second with all their talent. They were my pre-season pick for the Super Bowl and it amazes me they somehow gave the Eagles a chance to win this one. Let’s face it. Only because of Vick were the Birds in the playoffs. About half the team seemed to be rookies. How many played on defense tonight? This was supposed to be a rebuilding for the Eagles. The Packers , on the other hand, should have a much better regular season record. In my opinion they are failures if they don’t win the NFC. They have sufficient talent to beat Atlanta and the Bears. The question is whether or not they’ll choke.

  14. jagerbmb says: Jan 9, 2011 9:02 PM

    TWO missed FG’s and Vick should have thrown the ball away on 1st down with that much time remaining… That is why they lost. Make one of those 2 missed FGS and they were in position to win with a FG. This lost is both on Akers and Vick.

  15. revolution22 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:03 PM

    Says Dr. Buffalo.

    Say…who the hell are the Bills again, and where’d they go?

  16. demo3356 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:04 PM

    pedsaregoodforsports-Where you at man?? How out them Andy Reid Led Eagles!!!! Whats that now 13 years, 9 playoff appearences AND NO SUPER BOWLS WON!!!Too bad the Egirls didnt have a great coach Like Tom Coughlin to lead them to the promise land!

  17. getsome636 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:05 PM

    And if James Jones does not drop that pass, the Packers have 28 points, so don’t try and use the Akers’ misses as a way out. You can play what ifs all day, but the fact is, the Packers won. This is great for Pack fans, especially with the close losses this year.

    It was nice for McCarthy to pull his head out of his rear end long enough to give James Starks the ball more than 4 times in a game.

  18. moochzilla says: Jan 9, 2011 9:05 PM

    Uh, Vick had a one on one matchup down the field with time running and out and down a TD.

    I’m an adult. I can live with that.

    Compare that with McNabb, who would’ve thrown a checkdown to Westbrook for 6 yards and then not gotten another play off.

    I would’ve liked a better outcome, but I can’t kill Vick over what he did there trying to attack.

    You don’t complete 100% of those. Manning doesn’t. Brady doesn’t. Ben usually doesn’t.

    But to make Vick’s whole season about that one single play is just plain silly.

  19. pervyharvin says: Jan 9, 2011 9:06 PM

    emoney826 ….Oh, I’m very pleased with your win today! It just lets visions of SB dance in your fat heads for another week. Thus the beat down you get in Atlanta will hurt all that much worse for you! Sniff…Sniff…

  20. demo3356 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:06 PM

    Packers are a scary team right now..Had to fight there way into the playoffs, ave an MVP Calibre QB, Weapons oplenty on offense, A game changing Defensive player in Mathews, Great veteran Leadership in Woodson and one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL..I see them upsetting the Falcons next week for sure..

  21. broccoli77 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:07 PM

    PAAAA-LEEEEZZZZ! The packers didn’t win that game, the Eagles lost it. The Eagles defense was no where and if it wasn’t for two missed easy field goals OR the moron that stepped out of bounds on the 2pt conversion, that game would have been won by the Eagles. The miserable packers squeaked by just like they squeaked into the playoffs to begin with. Falcons won’t make the mistakes that the Eagles did. Falcons 42 – packers 17. sit down you packerland losers! Bring on the BEARS!

  22. moochzilla says: Jan 9, 2011 9:09 PM

    PS – the performance of the defense was a surpriser to 0% of Eagles fans.

    We knew what we had. We knew it would bite us in the rear sooner or later.

    The fact that they did what they did was a testimony to Vick and the Eagles offense, they over-compensated for a defense that was a work in progress and certainly vulnerable against a offense like GB had.

  23. txbearmeat says: Jan 9, 2011 9:09 PM

    Coming from a GB fan, I think Rosenthal is right – to a point.

    GB has the most TALENT in the league. But they are too up and down. They’ll have to play much cleaner on Saturday if they want to beat ATL in their own place. No Drops. No Sacks.

    On the up side, if GB continues to run the ball well, they are going to be TOUGH to stop.

  24. huskerguy says: Jan 9, 2011 9:10 PM

    Jones catches that ball and this game isn’t even close.

  25. 8man says: Jan 9, 2011 9:12 PM

    The Pack.

    Is.

    Dangerous.

    If they win next week, the NFC title game could be in Chicago. Can they win there? Oh wait, they just did…..

  26. emperorzero says: Jan 9, 2011 9:12 PM

    Packers got the win, but there is no excuse for only putting up 21 points when for the first time all year the Packers could run the ball. Sorry, but if they play like this next week the Falcons are sending them home.

  27. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2011 9:12 PM

    “The Packers showed again Sunday they are the most complete team in the NFC, with the ammo to win any style of game.”

    I’m not hatin, I’m just sayin….

    Don’t sleep on the Falcons at home. THEY are the “most complete team in the NFC”, in my opinion.

  28. really2011 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:15 PM

    The crazy part is I like Philly (my wife is from there so obligated to) but some of the bloggers pronouncing greatness due to moving McNabb have missed some important situations.

    The Defense is and has been porous.

    Your “young gun” Desean Jackson, fell apart for the second straight post season.

    The front office isn’t overly intelligent as they moved McNabb for Kolb (Vick just happened to play out of his mind). Left to the front office the Eagles miss the playoffs with Kolb starting.

    Lastly, no matter what is said McNabb took this team (in the one year that he had a supporting cast) much closer to the prize than any of the annointed ones.

    Philly is a good team (and was a good team with McNabb) but until the young players mature they will struggle in the big one which is clearly not unique to McNabb.

  29. borderline1988 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:16 PM

    The Packers are very good on both sides of the ball. They can compete with any team in the NFL (even for all you NFC haters – the Pack can hang with the Pats, Steelers, Jets, Ravens). Healthy, the Packers are arguably the best team in football.
    They do have some issues:
    a) They sometimes play down to their competition
    b) Both the offense and defense have trouble playing a complete, consistent 60 minutes of football
    c) The offense and defense dont always peak at the same time
    d) They flat out make mistakes

    These are all issues that experience will solve. Whether or not the Pack make it to the Superbowl, they will undoubtedly be one of the top 2 teams in the NFC for years to come.

  30. theromancefiles says: Jan 9, 2011 9:17 PM

    I wonder if Green Bay has made travel arrangements to Dallas?

  31. borderline1988 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:19 PM

    xtb3:
    “had akers made just 1 of those 2 very makeable field goals he missed – yes both makeable and both wide right – eagles were already within easy field goal range on that last possesion to win it all with a field goal.”

    This is a stupid game to play. Had Jones not dropped a wide open touchdown pass, then both Akers FGs wouldn’t have made any difference.

  32. tprt2 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:22 PM

    Wow – Mac almost gave another one away!

    It could easily have been a 34-10 drubbing by Green Bay.

    Looks like Green Bay strapping it up in Chicago – that will be a fantastic game!

  33. bluestree says: Jan 9, 2011 9:23 PM

    @cmdrbuffalo; When you say Atlanta will show them how far they have to go, do you mean the Atlanta that pulled out a three point win in the last seconds when they met in the regular season? That Atlanta is going to show them?
    Watch much football?

  34. vahawker says: Jan 9, 2011 9:23 PM

    Bended?!?!?!

  35. gcsuk says: Jan 9, 2011 9:23 PM

    Where’s “mad55555″? What a shock, nowhere to be seen.

    The Eagles have not beaten the Packers since 2006. I guess this makes them the “Green Bay-Owned Eagles”

    All Eagles transactions, until they beat the Packers, will have to be approved by their current owners, the Green Bay Packers,

    How’s that sound, Mad55555?

    And this only comes about because mad55555 can’t shut up with his “Philadelphia Eagle-owned NJ Giants” nonsense. Not fun being “owned”, is it, pal? And that’s a lot of talk from a fan of a team that doesn’t “own” any Super Bowl hardware (45 and counting).

  36. jimmy1smith says: Jan 9, 2011 9:25 PM

    I’m happy for one big reason, the CryQueen fans love to point out that Rodgers has never won a playoff game, as if throwing for over 400 yards and 4 TD’s was the reason they lost last year.

    The NFL is a QB driven league, you have to find your franchise QB or you will be just spinning your wheels, for proof of that, just look 300 miles to the West.

    I am not so naive to believe that today’s win will shut up the CryQueen fans, they will continue to talk trash no matter what happens. But 50 years without a Superbowl tends to do that to you.

  37. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 9, 2011 9:28 PM

    cmdrbuffalo –

    Yeah, because the Packers haven’t played the Falcons to a standstill only to lose in the closing seconds by a field goal. Oh, wait . . . .

  38. gcsuk says: Jan 9, 2011 9:29 PM

    By the way, Green Bay…thanks a lot. You are a team of good guys. No thugs, no punks, guys it’s hard to root against. As a Giants fan, I couldn’t even be mad at the Pack when they stomped the Giants out.

    Congrats to GB and their fans, and good luck in ATL.

  39. youboettcha says: Jan 9, 2011 9:29 PM

    xtb3 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 8:48 PM
    had akers made just 1 of those 2 very makeable field goals he missed – yes both makeable and both wide right – eagles were already within easy field goal range on that last possesion to win it all with a field goal.

    Well maybe then he would have missed that FG. Or maybe the Packers wouldn’t have been timid and run the ball five times in a row to run time off the clock if they were only up two or down one point. You play to the situation you’re in. The Eagles wouldn’t necessarily have been driving and in FG range if the game unfolded differently.

  40. alewatcher says: Jan 9, 2011 9:30 PM

    richm2256 says: Jan 9, 2011 8:40 PM

    THAT’S how MVP quarterbacks always end games, right? Throwing an endzone INT with thirty seconds on the clock?

    ——————

    Hey, it always worked for Brett Favre.

  41. piccolo41 says: Jan 9, 2011 9:33 PM

    We’re two weeks away from the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers for the Halas trophy and the privilege of playing for the Lombardi trophy vs. the Steelers who will end up winning the Rooney trophy.

    Football does not get better than this.

  42. iabearsfan says: Jan 9, 2011 9:33 PM

    If the Bears and Pack can both pull off wins next week how sweet would a NFCC at Soldier Field be?

  43. packattacked says: Jan 9, 2011 9:39 PM

    MVP my a#$, Just another eagle choke….LOL

  44. jimmysee says: Jan 9, 2011 9:41 PM

    The Packers have, what, 7 opening day starters on injured reserve? And multiple second stringers who filled those holes also lost to IR.

    This team is so deep it’s scary.

    No matter how far they go this year, next year those IR starters and Johnny Jolly come back, and will have to fight for their jobs.

    Add in a typically great draft by Ted Thompson and this team will be scary deep in 2011.

    I’m hoping for a Packers-Bears NFC title game at Soldier Field.

  45. aaronitout says: Jan 9, 2011 9:41 PM

    xtb3 says:
    Jan 9, 2011 8:48 PM
    had akers made just 1 of those 2 very makeable field goals he missed – yes both makeable and both wide right – eagles were already within easy field goal range on that last possesion to win it all with a field goal.

    ——————————————————-

    Had James Jones caught the deep ball right before half the missed field goals wouldn’t have mattered…shoulda, coulda, woulda….take the loss and love it!

  46. jimmy1smith says: Jan 9, 2011 9:52 PM

    pervyharvin says:

    Oh, I’m very pleased with your win today! It just lets visions of SB dance in your fat heads for another week. Thus the beat down you get in Atlanta will hurt all that much worse for you! Sniff…Sniff…

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Thank God you predicted a Falcon win. Your predictions this year have consistently gone just the opposite way. Especially your predictions of Viking victories. For a minute there, I wasn’t sure the Packers have a chance next weekend in Atalanta but with your prediction, things are looking up again.

    How’s that new staduim coming along? You know, the one out in LA.

  47. rjwalnuts says: Jan 9, 2011 10:00 PM

    Just glad the good guys won and the Eagles and their traveling band of low lifes and fans can stfu for another year.

    Not a GB fan but I can respect a club that plays together as a team, and a front office with enough balls to send Favre packing (pun intended) when his tired act wore out. GO PACK!

  48. claymaker says: Jan 9, 2011 10:03 PM

    Stole my words….lol
    I was going to say the same thing to remind eagles fans that James Jones dropped a would be 7 points. The game wouldn’t have been nearly as close. And how many drops did GB have today? So the kicker is more of a wash for our mistakes.

  49. 8man says: Jan 9, 2011 10:06 PM

    @packattacked

    MVP?

    Well if it ain’t Philadelphia you’d better find someplace other than New England. How about Rodgers? He’s been spectacular.

    No room for any hardware in Patriots Place that doesn’t have a football on top of it.

    Because honestly, that is all that really matters. Like I have to tell a Packers fan that….

    February?

  50. bleedgreen71018222558 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:19 PM

    AND FIRE SEAN MCDERMOTT AND SEND DAVID AKERS TO THE UFL

  51. packerrube13 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:22 PM

    jagerbmb says:
    Jan 9, 2011 9:02 PM
    TWO missed FG’s and Vick should have thrown the ball away on 1st down with that much time remaining… That is why they lost. Make one of those 2 missed FGS and they were in position to win with a FG. This lost is both on Akers and Vick.
    —————————————————————————

    If IF IFFFFFF. You want to play that game?

    If James Jones knew how to catch, its 28 points at halftime.

    If McCarthy didn’t get conservative to end the game, it would have never been close. He just likes to run out the clock, a flaw in strategy that has cost us numerous games and almost did again today.

    If Rodgers doesn’t fumble, you don’t score that first TD.

    Ifs don’t matter. Wins do. So STFU idiot.

    That goes to all of you dumb asssses out there saying IF. Packers played poorly and STILL outplayed the Eagles. Imagine that team at full strength health wise. WOW. Go Pack GO!

  52. Keyser Söze says: Jan 9, 2011 10:24 PM

    The most overrated QB in the NFL needs to thank his rookie RB and the defense for that win.

  53. maalea says: Jan 9, 2011 10:26 PM

    Clay Mathews played like a MVP.

    Really??? 3 Tackles and a sack are MVP numbers?

    He played a decent game but MVP level…
    Child, Please.

  54. footballrulz says: Jan 9, 2011 10:36 PM

    Jennings & Jones both need to go to a “hands” class however, a win is a win. We’ll take it. Next week will be a real challenge as the Pack has a hard time with back to back “big” games.

    @ jimmy1smith–the Vikes have been out of the hunt for 3-4 weeks now. Let it go dude–you’re getting boring

  55. Matt says: Jan 9, 2011 10:39 PM

    The most overrated QB in the NFL needs to thank his rookie RB and the defense for that win.

    ————————–

    Why? Because Rodgers only threw for 3 TDs (should have been 4) with a passer rating over 122?

    NEXT…

  56. jwil444 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:42 PM

    If Vick doesn’t win the MVP it is due to racism…….or the voters actually watched him play more then one game this year……

  57. pack15forever says: Jan 9, 2011 10:45 PM

    The Packers are coming of age and starting to peak. This Packer defense is one of the best they’ve ever had. Thank you, Dom Capers. With James Stark rushing for 123 yards today the Packer offense is no longer one dimensional and will be that much tougher to stop. Can they beat the Falcons? Sure they can. It will be a very tough game as the Falcons are a very good team and they are playing at home where they are doubly tough. The Pack only lost by 3 points the last time they played without a running game so beaten the Falcons is doable. This team has a very bright future and will be good for years to come.

  58. readingrugby says: Jan 9, 2011 10:50 PM

    glad we lost maybe now they will fire mcdermott n marty philly has the 2 worst cordinators in the NFL!!!!!!! were still the youngest team in nfl. this was our rebuilding year! if u call this rebuilding nfl better watch out for philly in upcoming years! and with new cordinaters we will be even better but mcdermott is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!

  59. bigplayclay52 says: Jan 9, 2011 10:57 PM

    So Aaron Rodgers….

    7td’s 1int and a 122 passer rating in his 2 playoff starts.

    Legit.

  60. 30ptbuck says: Jan 9, 2011 11:04 PM

    Not to bad with 15 players and 9 starters on IR huh?

    Now a word from the Vikings main spokesman and moron
    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 9, 2011 9:06 PM
    emoney826 ….Oh, I’m very pleased with your win today! It just lets visions of SB dance in your fat heads for another week. Thus the beat down you get in Atlanta will hurt all that much worse for you! Sniff…Sniff…

    I think the following shows why Pervy is such a Fricken Hydrocephallic Cretin

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 4, 2011 6:15 PM
    I would love to thank all of you Packer sheep! I bet Grady this morning that I could get Pecker Nation to attack me full out. He said bs,so we bet 20 bucks a response. Thanks for buying my vodka and hooker tonight Pecker heads…I love you all!

    You said TT was cheap? Twenty bucks for a bottle of Vodka and a Hooker? Really so how is that split Pervy $$10 and 10 ? Really Cheap hookers explains it Pervy! You are in the tertiary stage of syphilis!!!! This stage, may cause serious blood vessel and heart problems, mental disorders, blindness, nerve system problems, and even death. Sounds like the 2010 Viking season

    Quick dumbass before writing one more Anti Packer entry get some treatment. We want to see more of your statements next year I mean there is nothing as entertaining as seeing someone prove how stupid Viking fans are in writing

    One more thing Superbowls are dreams for us Packer Fans 75% of the time. Where for Viking fans they are nightmares 100% of the time

    Skol Loser

  61. chobes68 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:17 PM

    If they win next week, the NFC title game could be in Chicago. Can they win there? Oh wait, they just did…..

    ============

    Actually, they won at GB, and lost in Chicago. Comprehension is a skill.

  62. chobes68 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:20 PM

    Most overrated QB in the league/??

    =========

    You’ve got to be out of your mind if you believe Rodgers to be overrated….and this is coming from a Bear’s fan.

  63. 4sacroc says: Jan 9, 2011 11:39 PM

    Pervy –

    50 years of suckness up there in Minnehaha.

    50 years ….

  64. 4sacroc says: Jan 9, 2011 11:41 PM

    Keyser Söze says:
    Jan 9, 2011 10:24 PM

    The most overrated QB in the NFL needs to thank his rookie RB and the defense for that win.

    ======

    Dickweed –

    Did u see Jones drop a TD placed in his mitts? 21-3 right there … Eagles fold like your Vikes.

    Overrated my ass.

  65. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Jan 10, 2011 12:21 AM

    Both teams played poorly. Philly would have won if they wouldn’t have missed 2 easy FG’s.

  66. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Jan 10, 2011 12:24 AM

    Why do Rosenthal and all the writers always say how great the Packers are and predict them to win the Super Bowl??? It took total luck, getting the tie-breaker among 3 teams, for the Packers to even squeak into the playoffs.

  67. Matt says: Jan 10, 2011 12:41 AM

    It took total luck, getting the tie-breaker among 3 teams, for the Packers to even squeak into the playoffs.

    ——————————

    Actually, if the Packers had won in Detroit (with Rodgers playing just one half) or if not for that ridiculous rule on Calvin Johnson’s Week 1 TD, the Packers would have been the #2 seed in the NFC. If either (not both) of those two things happen, the Packers have this week off and a home playoff game at Lambeau. They also controlled their own playoff destiny for the final 4 weeks of the season so “squeaked in” is quite inaccurate.

    But hey, whatever you have to tell yourself to keep doubting Green Bay…

  68. packerbacker12 says: Jan 10, 2011 12:56 AM

    “Why do Rosenthal and all the writers always say how great the Packers are and predict them to win the Super Bowl??? It took total luck, getting the tie-breaker among 3 teams, for the Packers to even squeak into the playoffs.”

    Total luck? The Packers needed to win their final two games in order to get into the playoffs and they did just that, moron.

    and your just another one of the many Viking crybabies out there who are clearly still upset about how the Saints knocked the Vikings’ ass right out of the Super Bowl, in which the Vikings never even deserved to go. And instead of taking the loss like a man, that entire lame organization cries to the NFL commissioner about changing the playoff overtime rules.

  69. gcsuk says: Jan 10, 2011 1:07 AM

    @footballrulz
    “Next week will be a real challenge as the Pack has a hard time with back to back “big” games.”

    I don’t know. First Giants, then Bears, now Eagles. 3 weeks straight, three “must” wins, and each time they answer the bell. I would say they seem to be up to the challenge.

  70. phillybirds says: Jan 10, 2011 1:24 AM

    Quit blaming Vick. He put us in position to make playoffs this year. He was the best thing to happen to us. No one else could have won that many games with the team Andy Reid set us up with this year. THANK YOU VICK! HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

    E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!

  71. wafflestomp says: Jan 10, 2011 2:04 AM

    So, hoist a beer, let out a cheer.
    C’mon and sing along.
    Chug it down and do a shot and sing this Packer drinkin’ song!

  72. richieab says: Jan 10, 2011 2:14 AM

    Hey eagle fans? cricket cricket cricket..way to shut them up pack.

  73. favrelous says: Jan 10, 2011 2:46 AM

    Pack will win the superbowl.

  74. wrossi321 says: Jan 10, 2011 6:14 AM

    That game should have shown the Eagles that we need a new defensive coordinator. McDermott is running the worst red zone defense I’ve ever seen – if you get it inside the 20, it’s a touchdown. Might as well gift wrap it. At least the secondary didn’t collapse like it did in Tennessee.

    Losing to the Pack was something I can live with. It hurt a little that our Pro Bowl kicker missed two FGs he should have nailed to do it. But with a defensive showing like last night’s, there isn’t much more you can say.

  75. stellarperformance says: Jan 10, 2011 6:52 AM

    pervyharvin says: Jan 9, 2011 9:06 PM
    ….Oh, I’m very pleased with your win today! It just lets visions of SB dance in your (fat) heads for another week..
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    You continue to impress me. Not everybody can make a point with their foot stuffed so far into their mouth. You had one “almost” season with Favre (which ended exactly as we knew it would,) and when compared with the Vikings, we have;
    better team
    better quarterback
    better coaches
    better GM
    better history
    better tradition
    better stadium
    better fans
    better uniforms
    better attitude
    better future
    etc., etc., etc.

    All of your mutual-admiration society morons on this site have learned to finally STFU. They get it. Make it easy on yourself, you’ve become a joke. Next year we can all say…”Oh yeah, I remember that guy. He’s back? What a glutton for punishment.”

  76. shaggytoodle says: Jan 10, 2011 6:58 AM

    I remember the first game of the season when the Packers were @ Philly and there was talk about how GB haven’t won at philly in 30+years.

    So that means Rodgers did something twice in one year, something that Favre NEVER accomplished.

  77. juancorsair says: Jan 10, 2011 8:14 AM

    broccoli77 says:

    PAAAA-LEEEEZZZZ! The packers didn’t win that game, the Eagles lost it. The Eagles defense was no where and if it wasn’t for two missed easy field goals OR the moron that stepped out of bounds on the 2pt conversion, that game would have been won by the Eagles.

    Would’ve, should’ve, could’ve… If my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.

  78. juancorsair says: Jan 10, 2011 8:47 AM

    theoriginalcaptainmarvel says:

    Both teams played poorly. Philly would have won if they wouldn’t have missed 2 easy FG’s.

    If Jones caught that pass in the open, the two field goals would not have made a difference.

    See how stupid this game is?

  79. calloustongue says: Jan 10, 2011 9:14 AM

    Come on Eagles’ fans, take your loss like men and quit crying like the damn Viking fans.

    You had a nice season but can’t hang with the NFC North.

  80. blaz0037 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:36 AM

    ‘jimmy1smith’

    Yet again, your obsession and utter fascination with the Vikes is hilarious.

  81. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 10, 2011 10:35 AM

    jimmysee says:
    Jan 9, 2011 9:41 PM
    The Packers have, what, 7 opening day starters on injured reserve? And multiple second stringers who filled those holes also lost to IR.

    This team is so deep it’s scary.
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    Tell that to the Viqueen nation fairies who have been bashing Ted Thompson for years straight…

    The depth of this team is unprecedented. Should be interesting to see how the Dakota Pinkshirts react to rebuilding, their 80th QB in 10 years, and sitting in the basement of the NFC North for the next few years. Yes Perv, this is you.

  82. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 10, 2011 11:40 AM

    Congrats to Aaron Rodgers for his entry into the NFL record books. His 7 TD passes in his first 2 playoff games are an NFL record. Not the first Packer quarterback in the postseason record books. Let’s take a look…

    Bart Starr: Highest Career Postseason Winning Percentage. Highest All-Time Postseason Quarterback Rating.

    Brett Favre: Most playoff interceptions. Most playoff turnovers. Only quarterback to throw an interception in 2 different playoff OT’s. First quarterback to lose at home to an 8-8 playoff team (4 picks in that one, too.)

  83. purpleguy says: Jan 10, 2011 12:08 PM

    Good game by the Pack. I thought the interior of the O-line played great, as well as the CBs.

  84. bighairyman says: Jan 10, 2011 12:59 PM

    maalea says:
    Jan 9, 2011 10:26 PM
    Clay Mathews played like a MVP.

    Really??? 3 Tackles and a sack are MVP numbers?

    He played a decent game but MVP level…
    Child, Please.
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    The box score does not tell everything, how many false starts and holding calls did that right tackle have?

  85. maalea says: Jan 10, 2011 1:40 PM

    bighairyman says:
    Jan 10, 2011 12:59 PM
    maalea says:
    Jan 9, 2011 10:26 PM
    Clay Mathews played like a MVP.

    Really??? 3 Tackles and a sack are MVP numbers?

    He played a decent game but MVP level…
    Child, Please.
    ______________________
    The box score does not tell everything, how many false starts and holding calls did that right tackle have?

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    For the record. It would be 3 penalties on back to back plays, one false start and one holding penalty accepted.
    Winston Justice was pulled after that. This is the same guy who gave up 6 sacks to the Giants as a rookie.

    This Eagles team is very middle of the road. They have a handful of very good skill players but after that the team is weak. Bad O’ Line, average front 7 on defense, one good CB.

    This was to be a rebuilding year with good reason.

  86. shaggytoodle says: Jan 10, 2011 2:20 PM

    The Packers are a solid team, unfortunetly they started each half with a TO, does anyone know about the rule about being blocked intot he ball, otherwords people are going to just start pancaking people onto it and picking it up so I don’t know if that was the right call on that punt or not.

    Anywho, the Packers have a solid team, and who cares if Rodgers needs help from defense or HBs its thier JOB! Last year you crucified Rodgers for not winning because he ONLY managed 40+ points in a loss. I am sure if the defense gives up that TD on the last drive when Vick threw a pick its Rodgers fault then too.

    Rodgers is an elite QB, he is the best QB left in the conference, Ryan is a close 2nd but had NO where near the injuries to over come (if any). Ryan gets to throw to Gonzalez, while Rodgers gets to through to his TE Crabtree, and solid running game from Turner, hopefully Starks with as little mileage as he had on him this season can help balance an attack against a very tough ATL team.

  87. packrulzm says: Jan 10, 2011 5:49 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 9, 2011 9:06 PM
    emoney826 ….Oh, I’m very pleased with your win today! It just lets visions of SB dance in your fat heads for another week. Thus the beat down you get in Atlanta will hurt all that much worse for you! Sniff…Sniff…
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    Ahhh, Pervy. What no comments about “Erin” and how he cannot win a playoff game? Now you can officially s-u-c-k i-t! Also, all of you Eagles fans need to just accept that you lost the game. Akers missed 2 FG, yes. But, Jones misses a sure fire TD and the Packers receivers were dropping passes all over the field. We beat you………Twice! I heard all week how Vick was going to run for 2,000 yards on us, but I guess 33 is almost as good. It sure does feel good to win a playoff game on an interception rather than lose by one. Go Pack Go!

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