Before I get into this, let’s start with some fun randomness courtesy of my Internet search for images of this game:
Doesn’t look half bad on him though, does it? Kind of…Count of Monte Cristo-eseque. Anyway, now that we’ve all had a good laugh, let’s continue.
This the Packers first Sunday night football game this year. I came in from working a 9-hour volunteer shift at the Driftless Film Festival in Mineral Point (more on that later this week) just in time for the DVR playback to begin (’round about 8pm). There were so many people there I had to sit in the auxilliary room next to the living room with the smaller TV that runs the same program as the main TV, which is a cool setup but did unfortunately cut me off from the rest of the folks watching the game. I was tired, sore, hungry and in desperate need of a beer, but discovered in short order that there was no beer or food to be had, as I had arrived late. Oh well, I think as I curl into a fetal ball on the couch. I don’t need food. Or beer. The Packers will sustain me.
Then Atlanta scores. And scores again. At this point I was absolutely positive that not only will I never agree to do anything except watch football on Sundays ever again, but that this was the game we were 100% gonna lose. Atlanta was 2 scores ahead and still making completions left and right (and down the middle, of course), Rodgers couldn’t seem to find anyone open in the field and Starks was being manhandled every time he tried to run.
Plus–I don’t know if anyone noticed this, but the Falcons offensive line are freaking GIANTS! The receivers are a good six inches taller and one blocker is bigger than 3 Clay Matthews put together. Seriously, the Faclons offense is a line of giraffes and hippos…only faster.
Giraffes and hippos with rocket boots, then.
Happily, they never scored again after those first 14 and the Packers turned it around to win 25-14, thanks in large part to kicker Mason Crosby, who scored 12 of the 25 Packer points, including a pretty impressive 56 yard field goal in the 3rd quarter. Touchdowns by Jennings and Jones were also a big part of the Packer win, but it’s so rare to identify a kicker as a most valuable player for a game that I had to call special attention.
Despite my conviction at inevitable loss, this “come-from-behind-to-win-it-all” game was really fun to watch, and much more exciting than having another blowout (yawn). But hey, that’s what happens when you’re the best I guess 🙂
Well…except for the stupid Lions. Seriously, are we gonna be tied for first until Thanksgiving? And I have to miss that game cuz I’ll be in Las Vegas visiting family. I know, I know…hard life.