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Aaron Rodgers: Rust had nothing to do with how Packers played

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The Packers turned in their worst performance of the season at the worst possible time on Sunday, and that has lots of people asking whether the combination of resting some key players in Week 17 and getting a first-round playoff bye made the Packers rusty at playoff time.

But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t buy it.

“That had nothing to do with us playing,” Rodgers said on 540 ESPN Milwaukee. “To say that we were rusty is disrespectful to the Giants and their defense and the effort they put out. They played a game. They beat us. You know, we beat ourselves enough with the turnovers and the mistakes and the drops and the poor plays, but they beat us. They played better on Sunday than we did. They executed better. I don’t think rust played any part in it.”

Those comments echo what Rodgers said immediately following the game, that the Giants won because the Giants were the better team on Sunday. Rodgers clearly thinks this game was more about what the Giants did well than about what the Packers did poorly.

But while Rodgers might not have felt rusty, he did look rusty on Sunday, and it’s easy to see how he could get rusty when he didn’t play at all between the Packers’ December 25 game against the Bears and their January 15 game against the Giants. That’s a long time off that, in hindsight, Rodgers may have been better off not having.

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  1. dd2189 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:09 PM

    who cares what rodgers says

    thumbs up for 49ers vs. pats.
    thumbs down for ravens vs giants.

  2. brandonyer says: Jan 17, 2012 4:11 PM

    Rodgers had two bad throws. He missed Jennings on the first drive, and he missed Finley at the end. Most QB’s have more bad throws than that on one drive. Drops and fumbles were the downfall of the Packers.

  3. jnbnet says: Jan 17, 2012 4:11 PM

    Nothing wrong with resting players, but it should be done as in the pre-season. Get them in there, let them play a quarter, then pull them

  4. rhinosteel6 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:11 PM

    Rodgers is a product of that Offensive System.. See Matt Flynn..

  5. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    Pure spin control.

  6. medtxpack says: Jan 17, 2012 4:13 PM

    Rodgers is class. NYG played great.

  7. earthtopft says: Jan 17, 2012 4:13 PM

    Waaaajahs put on a few pounds over the holidays and couldn’t get the championship belt to buckle up.

  8. jdandcoke says: Jan 17, 2012 4:13 PM

    good teams make good players look bad. enough with the BS excuses for why the packers lost. the packers lost because a better football team came in and beat them…..and the score shouldnt have been as close as it was. kudos to rodgers for showing some class.

  9. djstat says: Jan 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    He practiced you dummy

  10. glac1 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    He’s right. On that particular day the Giants did play better. I still think the Tony Dungy philosophy of playing scared down the stretch did have an affect. The team lost their momentum and there isn’t a switch that can turn something like that on and off.

  11. shlort says: Jan 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    Players dont get “Rusty” in a couple weeks. To me, the Packers looked more “flat” than anything else. The Giants, on the other hand, looked eager and ready to play. That is the difference in the game. Packers still have all the tools on offense, and will pick up some speed for the Defense in the offseason. They shall return.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    That’s why I love Rodgers, and most of their roster, actually (hate Matthews, Hawk and Bishop for some reason, but like everyone else). Rodgers can admit this, but you can’t find a Packer fan who hasn’t jumped into the Bay of Green Bay already — to admit it.

    And it was no fluke, it would happen 7 of 10 times.

  13. contra74 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    It had a lot to do with everything Packers related. Everything from the players to the ‘owners’.

  14. armchairqb says: Jan 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    Can’t kill Rodgers for that game. He didn’t play defense.

  15. themediaisdumberthandirt says: Jan 17, 2012 4:16 PM

    Rust had a lot to do with it……and I for one am glad they lost. Like many others, I had Rogers on my fantasy team and was playing for the championship the week they sat him so HAH! I lose, you lose and I feel no pity

  16. paleandpasty says: Jan 17, 2012 4:16 PM

    When the packers came out like a bolt of lightning in the pre-season and the start of the regular season there was talk about how they were the only team that did not look rusty especially after all the months off. Now all the media talks about is how they were rusty after a couple of weeks.

    GIVE ME A BREAK ALREADY!!!

  17. deadeye says: Jan 17, 2012 4:17 PM

    Of course rust played a role. Look at the recent history that #5 and #6 seeds have in knocking off higher ranked teams. Sometimes the bye week is a curse.

  18. theysone says: Jan 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    Rogers showing class that a lot of others around the NFL should take note of.

  19. ZAK says: Jan 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    Rodgers had basically nothing to do with the Pack losing either. Aside from a few bad throws and a lot more drops the offense was not the problem. Giving up a Hail Mary in the enzone at the end of the half was the problem, along with all the rest of the terrible secondary play. Mike Periera put out on twitter prior to the Hail Mary you can do basically anything but tackle a receiver on that play. Assuming those guys knew the rules, allowing Nicks to catch that ball was an example of a terribly, disinterested, group of DB’s.

  20. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    They should have started Flynn. So do you think they’ll try to trade Rodgers? Could probably get a first round pick for him.

  21. bradshawlives says: Jan 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    brandonyer says:
    “Drops and fumbles were the downfall of the Packers.”

    The other downfall was the New York Giants.

  22. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 17, 2012 4:20 PM

    McCarthy maybe out. Why would he keep his best players off the field on week 16? Why go for it on 4th and 5? Why the onside kick? They were out played and definitely out coached.

  23. justafanofitall says: Jan 17, 2012 4:20 PM

    He was pressured all day and not much time to throw…result in inaccuracies. Giants played tough defense and riled the QB and rest of offense. Put that with defense playing their usual self…..sums up a loss.
    Can’t use drops as excuse as Giants had some as well. GB showed their weaknesses….poor defense and a QB that doesn’t quite have what it takes when the chips are really down. Not the look in his eyes that he can do it no matter the situation.

  24. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:21 PM

    I would still take the packers roster over the Giants every day of the week!!!

  25. dvdman123 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:21 PM

    I don’t buy the “better” team won BS. If the NFL was the NBA and it was a best of let’s say 3 series, there is no way I put my money on the Giants or the Niners if they played again 2 more times. 99% of the time the more talented team will win. But the NFL is not the NBA so congrats to the Giants and Niners for not making the crucial mistakes and “winning” your games.

  26. packfaninchitown says: Jan 17, 2012 4:21 PM

    Don’t let the skeptics get you down Aaron, you’re still the best QB in the NFL, despite the game Sunday.

  27. makhan250 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:21 PM

    The way the writer immediately undermines what Rodgers says makes you wonder why athletes even try to make points in the media.

  28. happybunnyj says: Jan 17, 2012 4:21 PM

    If only they had those lockout workouts…

  29. austrianpanther says: Jan 17, 2012 4:21 PM

    We should have concentrated more on the game plan than the commercials!

  30. claymath52 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:22 PM

    Dumb….

    They said the same thing when the Packers didn’t meet for non-official workouts in the off seasons. Being a sports media professional means you have to be great at creating the absurd…

  31. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 4:22 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says, the Packers looked flat and out of sync. I don’t know what it was due to, but anyone who says it was solely due to the Giants is smoking the cheapest crack in Queens. Congrats to the G-Men, but we all expected more from the Pack.

    You will get more from the 9ers; no free ride this week. The 9ers aren’t the Falcons or the 1/15/2012 version of the Packers (sorry that wasn’t the 2011 Packers you played), no free rides this week. The 9ers will be ready to play, book it.

    Going to be a hard fought, tough, close game this week for the G-Men. Go 9ers!

  32. djstat says: Jan 17, 2012 4:23 PM

    Rogers is Classy. Bottom line is the Giants beat them. Forced him to make throws early and did not give him time to set. How could he be rusty when he was practicing? Rust is an excuse. They played expecting they would win.

  33. 46defense says: Jan 17, 2012 4:23 PM

    This is why people like Rodgers.

  34. bawston1 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:23 PM

    I’m calling BS. Now you know why Belichick plays Brady throughout!

  35. dddk722 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    Giants were better THAT day…if they played 100 times GB takes 60 easily..

  36. FinFan68 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:26 PM

    The offense that Rodgers and the Packers run is based on timing (until he has to scramble) and the front 7 disrupted that timing while the DBs had good coverage. That is essentially why the Giants won. They were better prepared, matched up well against the Packers and they showed a bit more desire to win the game. The Giants are a hot team and the Packers were outplayed.

  37. weepingjebus says: Jan 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    Look on the bright side, they at least timed the multiple “stock” sales right.

  38. edgarprado says: Jan 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    Raaadgers!!!

    Discount Double Check!!

  39. snowpea84 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    THe giants won because its football and any team can win on any given sunday.
    The more games they play the more likely they are to lose.
    If football was somehow played in seriess, it would be a different story.

  40. mvp43 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    Rodgers is a class act and owns up to his and his teams mistakes. He doesn’t make excuses like some players. I can really resoect that.

  41. citizenstrange says: Jan 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    Of course he was rusty. He’s only been playing quarter back since he was like seven-years-old or something.

    That all goes way in a couple of weeks.

  42. staff2cj4td says: Jan 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    maybe now he can make another neat commercial for the superbowl………..BWAHAHAHAHAAA

    OVER-HYPED SYSTEM QB!!!

  43. rexismybff says: Jan 17, 2012 4:34 PM

    “That’s a long time off that, in hindsight, Rodgers may have been better off not having.”

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

    But then – he probably wouldn’t have had time to make that awesome commercial with Raji, that I’ve seen so many times it’s burned a hole right through my brain.

    “Show me what you got, what you got Raji….”. Discount Double Choke!

  44. jimmypopnl says: Jan 17, 2012 4:37 PM

    Favre was surprised it took so long for Aaron Rodgers to lose to the Giants at home in the playoffs ending the Packers’ season.

  45. vman0626 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:39 PM

    parcells belichick and coughlin all always play their players. always.

    players play. it’s that simple.

  46. bozosforall says: Jan 17, 2012 4:40 PM

    claymath52 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 4:22 PM
    Dumb….

    They said the same thing when the Packers didn’t meet for non-official workouts in the off seasons. Being a sports media professional means you have to be great at creating the absurd…

    __
    And being a Packer fan means you have to be so gullible as to believe the absurd…

    That the Packers would go 16-0
    then that the Packers would kick everyone’s asses in the playoffs
    then that the Packers were starting a “dynasty”
    then that the Packer fans ever know anything useful about football…and so on and so on…

  47. azbroncos says: Jan 17, 2012 4:40 PM

    Never been a fan of Rodgers but this definitely bumps him up a few points. Still hate the belt move though lol

  48. sixburghkilla says: Jan 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    The Packers’ lack of defense this season finally caught up to them. You can’t expect the offense to be perfect every game. Great teams have offenses and defenses that bail each other out. The Pack offense carried the weight for the entire season. Overall the Pack played a really bad game. Two extremely poor officiating calls didn’t even help them. That was a beating.

  49. gpete1962 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    snowpea84 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    THe giants won because its football and any team can win on any given sunday.
    The more games they play the more likely they are to lose.
    If football was somehow played in seriess, it would be a different story.
    ======================================

    Wow !! What a revelation.

  50. The Baseball Gods says: Jan 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    Rodgers is not the type of player who is going to bash another team. You state that “Rodgers clearly thinks this game was more about what the Giants did well than about what the Packers did poorly,” yet I don’t think you can clearly tell anything about what a player thinks just because he says XYZ to the media. Not to take anything away from the Giants because they played an excellent game, but the Packers played very poorly compared to how they had been playing all season long. I think the onside kick was when the game was over, even though the score was 10-10. The Giants at that point started playing like they were the team to beat and the Packers started playing like the Giants were the better team. The better team should never kick an onside kick in the first half with the game tied.

  51. halbriston says: Jan 17, 2012 4:42 PM

    muskyhunter2542 says:

    I would still take the packers roster over the Giants every day of the week!!!
    —————————————————-

    Ok…I’ll take the Giants this Sunday and you take the Packers. Let’s see whose team plays better.

  52. tougie1 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:42 PM

    Don’t be so PC, you guy’s looked terrible from the start. Rusty would have been an upgrade to the way the team played, that fine-tuned engine we watched all season was all seized up. The on-side kick early in the game showed even the coaching staff had no confidence. With a defense like that why would you take a chance in putting them in that position?

    It’s nice to know that our offense should come back in 2012 at full strength, but what the hell are they going to do to fix this defense?

  53. vikingdoode says: Jan 17, 2012 4:46 PM

    Your numbers started to drop bout mid November. You peaked to soon. Last year you guys were a bit more hungry. You sucked that day!

  54. august1969 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:53 PM

    Brady is better than Brees and Rodgers.

    Just check your TV this Sunday for proof.

  55. east96st says: Jan 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    “Giants were better THAT day…if they played 100 times GB takes 60 easily..”

    As a Giants fan, I have to admit, with that criminally corrupt officiating crew, GB probably takes 75 out of a 100 easily. I never seen worse calls and I was a Knicks season ticket holder when Donaghy was rigging the NBA and we all knew it while the NBA was in deep denial. At least, Donaghy was more subtle about it. You got the most ridiculously biased calls in NFL history and your team still couldn’t keep it close. Man up and accept the loss.

  56. pateray64 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:55 PM

    It was the lack of the “unofficial” off-season Volunteered Organized Team Workouts….

  57. packerstexansfan says: Jan 17, 2012 4:56 PM

    Agree 100%. No excuses. The Giants simply were the better team. Usually Rodgers mobility helps negate some of the impact of the pass rush. But this time, the Giants didn’t allow him that ability much. And when he did, the receivers simply couldn’t hold on to the ball. And the defense: well, they were basically useless this year unless they were creating turnovers. But with the time they gave Eli, it was just too easy for him not to make any mistakes. Hopefully Ted can draft a DE and/or OLB to make an impact, because as it is, this team can’t get to the quarterback. And when Rodgers can’t bail them out. Well you’ve seen the outcome.

  58. mikeeg says: Jan 17, 2012 4:56 PM

    Less rhetoric, more substance, Mr.Rodgers…

  59. dickpoundsit says: Jan 17, 2012 4:58 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    They should have started Flynn. So do you think they’ll try to trade Rodgers? Could probably get a first round pick for him.

    Hey Steelhead,

    Didn’t your team get beat by the uber-talented Tim Tebow and his so-called “offense”? LOL.

    People that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw cinder blocks.

  60. blu4l1fe says: Jan 17, 2012 4:58 PM

    Thank you Mr. Rodgers!

  61. Little Earthquake says: Jan 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    Thank you, Rodgers, for admitting that another team beat you fair and square.

  62. zaggs says: Jan 17, 2012 5:07 PM

    I’m a Giants fan, and it wasn’t all about the Giants defense!

  63. jimbroney says: Jan 17, 2012 5:13 PM

    Maybe we could set it up somehow where they play 100 times to try and prove some of these “owners” theories!

  64. granadafan says: Jan 17, 2012 5:15 PM

    Rodgers is too classy to take away from the Giants. It was obvious that the Packers were rusty and the timing with the receivers was way off. Favre would have thrown his receivers under the bus while talking about how he alone was responsible for keeping them in the game.

  65. cliverush says: Jan 17, 2012 5:20 PM

    Coach Coughlin can get a team ready for a game better then most. He is a very under rated coach. The players know the week of practice headed into a game is more important than the previous game. Notice that Mr. Rogers did not give any excuse and credited the G-men.

  66. dvdman123 says: Jan 17, 2012 5:23 PM

    Let’s look ahead to next season in the NFC for a second. Does anyone really think the Niners or Giants will be odds on favorites to win the Super Bowl next season over teams like the Packers and Saints who we ALL know will be just as good if not better next season? I don’t think so. Even if they are not going to or winning a Super Bowl this season they are still the class of the NFC next season. The Cowboys and Eagles are still the same Cowboys and Eagles.

  67. emoney826 says: Jan 17, 2012 5:26 PM

    Listen to all of you experts talking about playing rusty in the National Football League, as if any of you have any idea what its like.

    I’m glad that rodgers isn’t using it as an excuse, but truth be told, rust obviously played a factor amongst that entire offense. They haven’t lost a fumble since WEEK 5! If that’s not a sign, then I don’t know what is.

    Hopefully they and future #1 seeds take note of this and stop resting players in week 17. It’s just not worth it. You’re paid to play 16 games a year, so you should play all of them if you’re healthy. Unfortunatly, nobody will learn from this and next year, whether its the packers, saints, or whoever, they’ll continue to rest their players when things are locked up by the season finale.

  68. grendelg says: Jan 17, 2012 5:28 PM

    The Giants did to the Packers what the Packers did to the Falcons last year. I think it’s all about getting hot at the right time, and more often than not the bye week cools you down.

  69. rnazriel says: Jan 17, 2012 5:35 PM

    GIANTS fan here.

    This is why I have respect for the Packers as a team and as an organization. After having an amazing season and disappointing loss they still say the right things, don’t make any excuses and have the utmost class, unlike a great many teams in the NFL.

  70. joekappedyourass says: Jan 17, 2012 5:55 PM

    no more packer talk. they were exposed as massive frauds (possibly biggest ever) We are looking forward to a real tackle football game, (giants v 9ners) not that arena flag football the pack and aints play.

  71. jhtobias says: Jan 17, 2012 6:04 PM

    The sad thing is that the packers defense dednot look rusty. I for one agree with the onside kick in the first half . Whay the heck should he trust that defense?

    I’m a packer fan and the abuse packer fan is getting is well deserved on these forums. Most of the comments from dumb front runner 1 year packer fans have been straight out arrogant and classes !

    Noe from a real packer fan. Gaints beat the pack in all 3 parts of the game. Giants were better period.

    On a side note I do get a kick out of lions fan saying see see packers buy the officals. Shut up dome team !

    congrats giants epic ass kicking. As a packer fan the only good thing to come out of this game is to get rid of these bandwagon loud mouth front running wanna be packer fans !! and take aj hawk with you

  72. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 17, 2012 6:28 PM

    4 > 12

  73. trapshoot says: Jan 17, 2012 6:29 PM

    Long time Packer fan (and stckholder too). Agree for the most part sith Rodgers. The Giants came to play and played very, very well. Green Bay flat got beat.

  74. niallofthenine says: Jan 17, 2012 6:58 PM

    The Lions beat the Pack or at least helped the Giants. Rodgers and the coaching staff knew that VandenBosch and Suh were out to hurt him. That’s why they rested on Game 15. Scared. They’ll see him next year.
    Thumbs up to the G Men and go Lions.

  75. backindasaddle says: Jan 17, 2012 7:56 PM

    He was rusty…. his receivers were rusty…. and the Giants outplayed them.

  76. thejuddstir says: Jan 17, 2012 8:05 PM

    Discount Double Check met Mr. Mayhem from AllState.

  77. efox2088 says: Jan 17, 2012 8:50 PM

    Disclaimer….Vikings Fan hers and I hate the Packers, I really hate the Packers.

    But you have to respect Rodgers. I see it as him basically not wanting to deflect credit from the Giants. It’s obvious that they didn’t play near to their best game, translated as their recievers couldn’t catch a ball any better than a Vikings DB…. hands without fingers. They also showed that their defense is non existent which was covered up all season because they scored every time they touched the ball except on Sunday.

    However, instead of shifting the focus to anything else he is willing to stay put and give credit the Giants for their effort.

    Have to say, I hate the Packers but it’s hard not to respect this guy in a period of time where the NFL and media gives 90% of its attention to the few poor character, over talented, self focused, media attention grabbing, blow-hards.

  78. nesuperfan says: Jan 17, 2012 8:54 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jan 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    They should have started Flynn.
    __________________________________

    Clearly, they should not have started Flynn. You ALWAYS go with your number one guy, nevertheless, I was wondering why they did not at least give Flynn a shot when it was clear that Rogers was not clicking on all cylinders. It was do or die time, and they just chose to die.

    Call it rust, or flat (I prefer this), there was no doubt they looked flat. Still, the Giants took full, and decisive advantage, and you have to give them all the credit they are due. I do appreciate that Rogers did not make any excuses.

  79. klownboy says: Jan 17, 2012 8:56 PM

    The Giants had to do with how bad the Packers played…

  80. jgo304 says: Jan 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    The offense that Rodgers and the Packers run is based on timing (until he has to scramble) and the front 7 disrupted that timing while the DBs had good coverage. That is essentially why the Giants won. They were better prepared, matched up well against the Packers and they showed a bit more desire to win the game. The Giants are a hot team and the Packers were outplayed.

    Exactly correct and once again Jennings went out with another injury. + Lack of a sustained run game and a flat out lack of anything on defense = GMen win Big. For as bad as the offense played the general play of the Defense all year has made me sick. Capers just could not flat out admit that we couldnt rush and he insisted on bringing 6 and leaving the umbrella coverage which Eli shredded. I cannot stand Capers I hope Oakland take him. He is an awful DCoordinator when his gameplan fails. Flat out awful.

    As a Packer fan i did say to friends the GMen are the only team in the NFC that could beat them at Lambeau and they did.

  81. canadapackers says: Jan 17, 2012 9:07 PM

    The loss was almost exactly the same as the KC loss -AR was a touch off, the receivers dropped to many balls that would have extended drives, the Giants played good and the defence gave up too many big plays. The only thing that was worse than the KC game was the high numbers of turnovers.

    The Packers regular season record was better than they actually played and they didnt play their best game when they needed to. Season over – still proud of them – it has been quite a run. Woulda like to have seen them host San Fran – too bad so sad.

  82. shlort says: Jan 17, 2012 9:28 PM

    A lot of the comments on this article are pretty ignorant. It goes to show that fans who root for loser teams hate the ones who have success. All I can say is you doubters and haters better get used to doubting and hating. Green Bay has a ton of talent under contract on that team. If they manage to get a few good players in key spots in the off-season, you’ll all be whining again next year. It is almost funny when you think about how mad people get about the Packers. Then, if you think a little more, it is sad to think of the misery some of you must go through year after year forcing yourselves to watch your teams fail.

  83. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 17, 2012 9:33 PM

    Im stunned to see all the “start Matt Flynn” comments. Aaron Rodgers is the reason that team was even playing in that game. The Packers had no run game all year and a horrible defense to go along with shaky offensive line play.

    The Giants were a bad matchup for a team built like that. the Giants knew it and they executed to perfection. No one on that team had any chance of slowing down Victor Cruz or Hakeen Nicks. That absurd Hail Mary catch summed up the Packers defense in a nut shell.

    Just because Matt Flynn put up an awesome stat line against a pass defense equally as bad as the Packers in Detroit does not make him a great QB. It is absurd to put him in the same class as Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers didnt have his best game. But how many of those passes were dropped? Greg Jennings had a few brutal ones in particular. He needed everyone to bring their A game to beat a team that truly had no fear of them. How many Eli Manning passes were dropped? Hardly one. Aaron Rodgers is what got them there. That team goes 8-8 without him

  84. otissistrunk says: Jan 17, 2012 9:34 PM

    They lost their second game in 17 NFL contests and we are overrated,lucky and apparently the entire officiating crew got together and decided to give the Packers the benefit of the doubt in every game they play. This was the best team in football-hands down- in the NFL for the first 17 weeks and then they lost one at of course the worst possible time of the year . Rodgers tells everyone they lost fair and square , McCarthy says no excuses but it’s not good enough for the waterheads that make dumb ass comments without knowing crap about football. They have some work ahead of them like a lot of teams.One more thing, if you’re a Viking fan,Lion fan or Bear fan trying to defend your teams,just remember you were swept and dominated by this lucky team this year. GO PACK

  85. nfl fan says: Jan 17, 2012 9:53 PM

    muskyhunter2542 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 4:21 PM
    I would still take the packers roster over the Giants every day of the week!!!
    —————————————————–
    Bad week to take the Packers roster dude, didn’t work out so well.

  86. inthearex says: Jan 17, 2012 10:17 PM

    I seriously do not get you packer fans right now. Its coming down to ” well if we played a series we would have won” explination now? so we should change the best playoff format in sports to make packer fans happy. not for nothing when you get beaten by 17 at home, youve just been schooled. Period

  87. rexismybff says: Jan 17, 2012 10:38 PM

    thejuddstir says: Jan 17, 2012 8:05 PM

    Discount Double Check met Mr. Mayhem from AllState.

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

    That’s an awesome comment! They should do a commercial together, with Mayhem wearing a Giants helmet and tackling Rodgers down a flight of stairs.

  88. stellarperformance says: Jan 17, 2012 11:53 PM

    I’m a hard-core old-time Packer fan and I have no intention to play any manner of the “what if?” game. The Giants beat the Packers and did it handily. The SuperBowl victory last year was unexpected and a lot of fun. The most painful thing about this year is that I had expectations, when last year I did not. Congratulations to the Giants and their fans. I have always had fun with visiting Giant fans. No problems there. Thank God I kind of like them…it makes it a little easier to bear. Good luck.

  89. deltanovembertoronto says: Jan 18, 2012 12:05 AM

    Wow Packer fans are really being little bi**ches right now! Seriously, you guys got your a$$ handed to you on a platter with cheese.

    How come there is no story about Referee Bill Leavy trying to save the Packers? I think he is a Packers fan or had money on the game. He tried to bail out the Packers twice. It was a fumble and it was NOT roughing the passer!

    Sorry Packer fans, your stock value has dropped. The market has crashed … sell sell sell! hahahahhaha

    Bye bye! Retire Driver … you stink!

  90. truthserum4u says: Jan 18, 2012 12:09 AM

    shlort says:Jan 17, 2012 9:28 PM

    A lot of the comments on this article are pretty ignorant. It goes to show that fans who root for loser teams hate the ones who have success. All I can say is you doubters and haters better get used to doubting and hating. Green Bay has a ton of talent under contract on that team. If they manage to get a few good players in key spots in the off-season, you’ll all be whining again next year. It is almost funny when you think about how mad people get about the Packers. Then, if you think a little more, it is sad to think of the misery some of you must go through year after year forcing yourselves to watch your teams fail.

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    People don’t hate the Packers because of their success. It’s because of their arrogant fans, perfectly displayed by you above. Everyone’s just giving back a little of what they received from people like you.

    And you’re obviously too young to have witnessed the over a quarter century of failure by your Packers before the arrival of Wolfe, Favre and White in the 90s.

  91. truthserum4u says: Jan 18, 2012 12:16 AM

    I don’t understand all the comments stating the Packer offense really didn’t play all that badly. Weren’t they the ones who had four turnovers? Weren’t they the ones dropping the passes? Weren’t they the ones missing wide open receivers?

    If it weren’t for two atrocious officiating calls that kept their two scoring drives alive, that offense would have accounted for just 6 points.

  92. packerstexansfan says: Jan 18, 2012 12:37 AM

    inthearex says:
    Jan 17, 2012 10:17 PM

    I seriously do not get you packer fans right now. Its coming down to ” well if we played a series we would have won” explination now? so we should change the best playoff format in sports to make packer fans happy. not for nothing when you get beaten by 17 at home, youve just been schooled. Period

    Do not generalize and lump us all together. Any level headed fan will tell you we plain out got dominated in every part of the game. There are “fans” that make ridiculous statements on all teams.

  93. grannyvi4 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:50 AM

    Not sure it was rust that did the Pack in as much as it was loss of focus and entitlement. They looked too far down the tracks instead of at the train right in front of them. And after the 15-1 season they had they probably thought they could win that game (and the next one) by just showing up. Unfortunately for them and their fans, they didn’t even do that.

  94. briank1ne says: Jan 18, 2012 10:36 AM

    sorry rodgers but i disagree. onside kick in the second quarter? dropped balls, wide open missed passes. sure the giants played much better but if you watched the niners saints game, they were much more disciplined. the saints didnt even get one flag the whole game. and the niners won. this shows what type of football they were both playing. I think the giants are going to get stomped at the stick. sorry.

  95. tombradysponytail says: Jan 18, 2012 1:01 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jan 17, 2012 4:19 PM
    They should have started Flynn. So do you think they’ll try to trade Rodgers? Could probably get a first round pick for him.

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    You can ignore thankheavenfornumberseven. The “seven” refers to TJack, er, or is it Christian Ponder? I forget.

    He’s just a frustrated viking fan who’s giddy because the vikes finally won their “superbowl” – that is, the Packers getting knocked out of the playoffs. They have nothing else to cheer for up there.

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