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No false bravado for Packers after this beating

Green Bay Packers quarterback Rodgers reacts against the New York Giants during the third quarter of their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

The last time the Giants manhandled the Packers, outside linebacker Clay Matthews made it worse by saying the Packers beat themselves in the playoff meeting.

After last night’s demolition, there was no doubt about who did what to whom.

But the Packers took their 38-10 beating and chose to file it away as one of 16, not attaching any global significance to it.

It’s one game,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “Had a good opportunity to put ourselves in a better position than we’re in right now and didn’t do that. We’re going to be disappointed watching this film. [But] we have to move on. We’ve got to get a couple things shored up. When you win five in a row, everybody’s happy but, like I said last year during the [undefeated] run, there’s things that kind of go under the radar that need to be handled. Sometimes it takes a loss to handle those things.

“Now, that being said, I’ve never been on the side of this kind of loss before. But I know if you play long enough that at a certain point you will. Hopefully, we’ll remember this feeling and not let this kind of embarrassment to happen again. We’re better than this. We’re going to regroup.”

The Packers have shown at different points that they can be better than this, but until they show it against the Giants, the questions with linger.

New York’s strength is its pass-rush, and as presently constructed, the Packers can’t slow that down. And if Rodgers is on his back, he can’t pass.

Rodgers threw for 219 yards, with 61 of them coming on a first-quarter touchdown to Jordy Nelson. After that, Rodgers absorbed five sacks, and was seemingly chased out of the pocket on half his snaps.

“We were thoroughly beaten this evening. Congratulations to the New York Giants,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We were beaten in every facet, really starting with myself. I feel when your team performs that way, it starts with the head coach. . . .

“I think this is a game that really makes everybody look inside and find out what you’re about. I believe in what we’re about as a football team. I haven’t felt like this probably since the first game I coached as a Green Bay Packer head coach. We were beaten very thoroughly tonight. It doesn’t taste good. It doesn’t feel good.”

It was the biggest margin of defeat since a 35-7 loss to the Bears on Dec. 23, 2007, and the worst loss during the Rodgers era, surpassing a 51-29 loss to the Saints on Nov. 24, 2008.

So no amount of defecting was going to change that stark reality.

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30 Responses to “No false bravado for Packers after this beating”
  1. matthoffner says: Nov 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    November is almost over, better lose those mustashes. Green Bay had absolutely no answer at the line, Jared Allen must be licking his chops getting them twice still – watch out!

  2. chalkruz1989 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    As a New York Giants fan I wasn’t too sure how the Green Bay Packers pass rush would hold up without Clay Matthews.

    Fortunately, there wasn’t much a rush allowing Eli Manning and company to get comfortable and pick apart a Charles Woodson-less secondary. Also minus James Shields.

    Hakeem Nicks still is not at 100 percent but he’s getting back to full-strength which will only help Victor Cruz.

    This was a game the Giants needed and thankfully they played their best and walked all over the Packers. I am still waiting for a ‘we beat ourselves comment.’

  3. packfntk says: Nov 26, 2012 9:48 AM

    Congrats to the Giants, but I do not feel like the sky is falling. On to the Vikings. GO PACK!

  4. fuglyflorio says: Nov 26, 2012 9:49 AM

    Last time the Packers beat themselves … this time they beat the snot out of themselves.

  5. rc33 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:58 AM

    What?
    You mean the best team actually won last night?

  6. The Prophet says: Nov 26, 2012 10:00 AM

    The last time the Packers said “its only one game” was their loss to the Chiefs and they corrected nothing and were hammered by the Giants weeks later in the choke of all chokes in the playoffs destroying their chance at history.

    Until I hear those magic words from the Pack, which I have yet to hear in the Rodgers era, the Packers will drift further away from another SB, and those words are simply: I guess we’re not as good as we thought we were …

  7. The Prophet says: Nov 26, 2012 10:02 AM

    Never been beaten like this before? Didn’t the Giants hand out the exact same beating less than a year ago? Oh, wait the refs gave thePackers at least 10 points so they’re still in denial.

  8. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:12 AM

    Packers fan here, congrats to the Giants on the win. They were the much better team yesterday.

    Rodgers is right, it’s only one game. They can still turn things around, still have a month to go! Let’s use this loss as a lesson and learn from it guys!

  9. themagicfanguy says: Nov 26, 2012 10:13 AM

    You can tell the Packers are a good team, all the haters get so happy when they lose.

  10. nflgiant says: Nov 26, 2012 10:45 AM

    Giants A game is better than anybodys else A game.

  11. sippindasyzurp says: Nov 26, 2012 10:51 AM

    Haha some NFL fans make me laugh.. It is such a week to week league for the public, and they over react to wins and losses every week…

    So does anyone remember the 49ers getting pounded by NY back in October? That’s a distant memory now…

    Does anyone remember the Giants getting pounded by the Bengals 2 weeks ago? Nope that’s a distant memory..

    I remember the year GB won the super bowl, they lost to Detroit 7-3 in week 13 and Rodgers got concussed, they then proceeded to lose at New England the next week with Matt Flynn and then Rodgers came back and they ran the table to a Super Bowl title as a Wild Card…

    So that being said GB probably finishes no worse than 11-5 and gets in the playoffs where anything can happen.. The last two SB champs were 10-6 and 9-7.. Just get into the dance where anything can happen.

  12. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 26, 2012 10:58 AM

    We’ll be alright. We are warriors!!!! Plus, we have a cupcake game next week to get us back on track.

  13. tutamus says: Nov 26, 2012 10:59 AM

    “I guess we’re not as good as we thought we were …”

    2009: 11-5
    2010: 10-6 SB champs
    2011: 15-1

    Only 1 team every year wins the Super Bowl. Explain to me why you feel they have a reason not to believe they are a good team?

  14. dukemarc says: Nov 26, 2012 11:01 AM

    The Giants should have won this game – coming off a bye week at home, the winning percentage for those teams is very high. Surprised by how easy it was though. Packers have line issues on both sides of the ball right now.

    And Vikes fan, before you get too far ahead of yourself – the Bears line is just as bad, if not worse, than the Packers, and Allen barely sniffed Cutler – In fact, J.A. might be sitting at home on a Goodell enforced “time out” for that cheap shot he doled out.

  15. ernie ernie says: Nov 26, 2012 11:24 AM

    One thing about the Mannings, they both have always, always, always, played behind a top O line and were given the opportunity to scan the field and make that accurate pass.
    If role reversal was possible and Rogers was the Giants and Manning the Packers Qb the score:
    Giants 38 Packers 10.
    I agree with the analyst, that O line is all so important now a days due to it being a passing game and less a running game.
    Packers O line sucked, packers suck.
    The real Packers will be on stage the next four games and it ain’t gonna be pretty. I hope Rogers lives through it.

  16. linemanguy74 says: Nov 26, 2012 11:57 AM

    So much for the greatly improved defense

  17. judsonjr says: Nov 26, 2012 1:31 PM

    I think the wheels came off when the Packers tried the long FG in an attempt to “get Crosby right”. At that point they were making the same mistake as they did in the playoff game, giving the Giants a shorter field to work with.

    The Packers need to come to the realization that they need to play a field position game versus the Giants and keep the game close. Getting behind 2 scores and trying to play catchup via the pass plays right into their hands.

  18. pksullivanmph says: Nov 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    Eli is elite.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    Rodgers still did not give the Giants credit. He said they took themselves out of their gameplan, not the Giants (or the score).

  20. dragonfly99 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    My hat’s off to Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy admitting they were rightfully outplayed last night. They both could have cited numerous excuses, but stood up like real men accepting the outcome.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2012 3:04 PM

    dragonfly99 says: Nov 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    My hat’s off to Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy admitting they were rightfully outplayed last night. They both could have cited numerous excuses, but stood up like real men accepting the outcome.
    ————

    Not sure where you heard Rodgers say that. I heard him say that they took themselves out of the gameplan, not the Giants (and the score that the Giants had dictated). But okay.

  22. shlort says: Nov 26, 2012 6:17 PM

    If anyone thinks the Packers put their best effort forward in that game, they know nothing about football. If anything, this game was definately a “we beat ourselves” moment. How so? The Packers obviously didnt come to play the game. On the other hand, the Giants produced a flawless game-plan and executed it equally as flawless. I dont thing Green Bay could have beat New York if they played their best game of the season. New York was just that good last night.

    Green Bay better hope that, if they are in come playoff time, the Giants are on the other end of the Bracket and that the Giants get eliminated before Green Bay does. Green Bay can beat anyone in the NFC, except New York.

  23. shlort says: Nov 26, 2012 6:26 PM

    I just re-read some of the Giants fans comments. Hilarious. The Giants are absolutley inconsistent this season. They win when they should probably lose, and lose when they should probably win. The only thing the Giants really have going for them is that, if they get into the playoffs, there wont be any lousy teams to beat them.

    And, If anyone actually thinks the players care about wins more than they do paychecks…you’re nuts.. lol. Winning leads to bigger contracts in skill type positions. They care about wins to that extent only. The players care far less about the team than the fans do. If that isnt true, why do a lot of these big named cats get offered say.. 20 million to stay, and take 20.5 million to go somewhere else?

  24. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 26, 2012 7:04 PM

    shlort please. You Packer fans always act like the Packers are invincible. When they lose like this, you all say the same thing as a result of that mentality.

  25. jimmysee says: Nov 26, 2012 7:17 PM

    I’m a Packers fan and stockholder. My team got its butt handed to them.

    But got to get up and go to work for next week.

    Congrats to the Jints.

    Much deserved victory.

  26. vikescry1 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:30 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Nov 26, 2012 7:04 PM
    shlort please. You Packer fans always act like the Packers are invincible. When they lose like this, you all say the same thing as a result of that mentality.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— funny? all i have been reading are comment’s from packers fans congratulating the giants and saying lets get back to work for the vikings? you know every team has knucklehead fans, and when a team tends to win a superbowl they get some added bandwagon fans. get over yourself, the giants won that game because they played harder, and were the better team last night.

  27. gmsingh says: Nov 27, 2012 7:35 AM

    All this game really showed me is how much injuries are taking their toll on the NFL this year. To me the trend is that the team with the best bench players has the most chance of going all the way.

  28. jerseyshoregiant says: Nov 27, 2012 12:55 PM

    dukemarc says: Nov 26, 2012 11:01 AM

    The Giants should have won this game – coming off a bye week at home, the winning percentage for those teams is very high. Surprised by how easy it was though. Packers have line issues on both sides of the ball right now.

    And Vikes fan, before you get too far ahead of yourself – the Bears line is just as bad, if not worse, than the Packers, and Allen barely sniffed Cutler – In fact, J.A. might be sitting at home on a Goodell enforced “time out” for that cheap shot he doled out

    —————————————
    Dukemarc,

    you should go check the Giants winning percentage the week after a bye. More times that not, the Giants are terrible the week after a bye. not to mention that, historically, they don’t play well on Sunday nights and they haven’t been great at home in the new stadium

  29. packerbadger says: Nov 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    No matter how much you Viking and Eagles fans hate on the Packers; you guys still don’t have any Super Bowl rings.

  30. larryboodry says: Nov 27, 2012 8:04 PM

    matthoffner says: Nov 26, 2012 9:32 AM

    “November is almost over, better lose those mustashes. Green Bay had absolutely no answer at the line, Jared Allen must be licking his chops getting them twice still – watch out!”

    He was probably licking his chops to face Chicago too, yet his only meaningful contribution to that game was to end Lance Louis’ season with an illegal, blindside hit.

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