Packers XLV

Oh What A Mangled Webb We've Seen

Posted January 6th, 2013 @ 04:01am

Everything changed 90 minutes before kickoff when Christian Ponder was pronounced inactive and Joe Webb was inserted as the starter. I don't know about all of you, but I got nervous. Were we going to see the RGIII pistol offense unveiled as a secret surprise? Something the Packers had not seen nor prepared for?

Scratch that. I said the defense would be the story in this game and it was. The Packers contained Peterson after the opening drive, when he ran for 33 yards and Webb did damage with his legs as well and the Purple scored first. But after that, the defense was in lockdown mode. From Raji, to Walden to Matthews to Woodson to Shields, the defense gang tackled Peterson and contained Webb.

It was an undeniably difficult position to put Webb in and he wasn't prepared to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers. His first half numbers: 2-11 for 22 yards and zero first downs through the air. He was not prepared to make plays with his arm and was completely outmatched. Meanwhile #12 was 14-18 for 205 yards, torching the Vikes at the end of the half to take a 17-3 lead, which was pretty much insurmountable the way Minnesota's offense was operating.

The only gripe may be that the offense took its foot off the gas in the third quarter, after adding a score to make it 24-3. Rodgers mentioned it after the game: in the playoffs you have to stay sharp for 60 minutes and never relax.

Rodgers was absolutely surgical on the way to the 24-3 lead, spreading out passes to ten different receivers, relying early on dump offs to DuJuan Harris, who had a whale of game as the primary ball carrier. He caught five passes for 53 yards and adding 47 on the ground. The Pack had all of its offensive weapons for the first time in forever and Rodgers found all of them. Kudos to the offensive line, which kept the pass rushers at bay virtually all night, and giving Rodgers time on the key drives at the end of the first half and coming out in the third quarter.

We'll see who's available next week. Jermichael Finley left the game with a hamstring injury, so his availability is definitely in doubt. Nelson seemed to tweak his knee or ankle late, but was smiling on the sidelines so maybe he'll be good to go.

But as surgical as Rodgers was, this game belonged to the defense. They contained Peterson to 99 yards on 22 carries and Webb could get nothing going through the air until the game was decided late in the fourth quarter. You don't think this defense missed Charles Woodson? He was second on the team with six tackles, four solo, along with a tackle for loss. He gives the unit an edge and he will be needed next week in San Francisco.

Obviously, we have no idea what wold have been different had Ponder played. It will allow some Vikings fans to sleep easier, believing they would've won had #7 been under center. I expected Ponder to struggle in this one, but we'll never know. The defense played disciplined, playoff football, took the ball away twice and got a bit of their swagger back. They'll need it next weekend.

We'll close with a tip of the cap to the Purple, who rode a four game winning streak to close the regular season and earn an unlikely playoff spot. Though they fell quite a bit short against their hated rivals, they've given their fans hope that they're on the right track and a few players away from contending.

So Rodgers has his first playoff win at Lambeau. Next up: the 49ers. Am I the only one that looks in the crystal ball and sees a potential Seattle-Green Bay NFC title game at Lambeau, a k a "Fail Mary II?" The Pack will have their work cut out to advance. They're three point underdogs but will face an untested QB making his playoff debut. Gonna be a fun week. And won't it be fun to get back to work on Monday and chat with our Vikings fan buddies?

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Rodgers at San Fran against a rookie in the playoffs...can anyone say playing with a chip on his shoulder?! Sign me upz,

on January 5th, 2013 at 11:45pm

WOW... WOW..12 times for #12 !! This game proves that this is a QB league and no matter how great a RB you have...and Peterson is great you have to have a QB in this league and the Pack has the best. Using 10 different receivers with the Vikes taking away the deep pass Rodgers carved them up. On the earlier pregame post I said the Pack needed two things: 1- Rodgers to throw for 400 yards with the no huddle hurry offense which when used was very effective. Rodgers could very easily have thrown for 400 plus in this game...but MM decided to go conservative after the third quarter TD. A smart move when you have to play your division rival twice every sense rubbing it in. 2- We did not see many 3 man rushes from Capers defense. It was a full effort by the defense with Ragi, Pickett, and Wilson solid with the LB's and DB's. For my money the defensive game ball should go to Woodson. While not making any electrifying game changing plays for which his career is known his solid play on keeping Peterson from the edge was apparent. On another note I loved Rodgers pre game comments when he said while being interviewed "You play the regular season for your paycheck and the post season for your legacy" You know he loves this time of the year and wants to continue the legacy in SF. On a final note...To the Viking backers who flowed to this have a nice team with a promising future provided you have a good draft and some key free agent signings. Congrats on your season !! the big picture it is a QB league !! Lastly....will be nice to get rid of trashtalk and talk Packer football this week. GO PACK GO !!

on January 6th, 2013 at 01:01pm

When I heard Ponder was out, I too was nervous. I knew that would give Viking fans a built-in excuse if they didn't win and a reason to point fingers and laugh at us if they had won. I believe the Packers would have beat Ponder even at his best with the way the defense played last night. GO PACK!

on January 6th, 2013 at 01:03pm

The difference between being a Packers and a Viqueens fan: For the Packers' fan it's a good year with a Super Bowl; for the Queens' fan it's a good year making the playoffs and losing. Been that way for over half a century and it looks like it's going to be that way for another year and then some.

on January 6th, 2013 at 01:25pm

John and bill, wow way to find a way to Justify this and turn the issue to be my fault. sorry to have insulted your, shrine, Mecca. I did not go to the game to make a pilgrimage and worship of the Packer Gods I did not have those loser fans kicked out. and was not my goal! they pretty much did it to themselves. nor was coming to a game to watch Joe Web. I had several Packer fans come and apologize which was really nice! I would expect the same from this blog! I am moving on. and will have to enjoy the playoffs from home. out.

on January 6th, 2013 at 02:10pm

The Joe Webb steam in Minisota should be pretty well dissipated now and they can form a new legend of Ponder: They can always now say,"It woulda been different if Ponder had played." Hey, maybe they make a move to get Tebow!

on January 6th, 2013 at 06:23am

Hey THC-next time you serve me a cup of coffee-I like it with sugar and cream, not with JOE WEBB! LOL. Good luck at SF.

on January 6th, 2013 at 06:41am

all, last week, I posted a rant of the problem that exists at Lambeau field and the drinking problem of it's fan's. I attended the game with my packer fan nephew and brother in Law. after the 2nd qtr my nephew could not take it any more of the 2 drunk Packer fans in my face. dancing and spilling beer on me after each first down. being a stroke survivor in a wheel chair what the heck! Ushers and the row 60 fans were aware of what what was happening the two fans were arrested and removed. seriously there is a cultural and a serious problem with the tradition of drinking at Lambeau. Like I said before, I went experienced your beautiful stadium. prove me wrong on the drinking and fan behavior. I rest my case you proved me right!

on January 6th, 2013 at 06:58am

What a let down, kind of a oh hum game. I would say it was embarrassment for the MN fans. Should have kept the old pro backup and let Webb go. Well maybe next year, huh

on January 6th, 2013 at 07:24am

Glad you were able to prove yourself correct by having the two drunk idiots kicked out ou the stadium. However I have a bit of advice...You will generally find what your looking for in life. I have been to many Packers Games and I have brought my Vikings Fan friends. They always agree that the fans have been inviting and fun, never mean. I think that is because that is what we were looking for... You can always find a drunk at any game at any stadium, but go let it ruin your day. Get them removed and move on. It is not fair to put every Packers Fan at the game in your box. Have a good day, John

on January 6th, 2013 at 07:34am

I can't wait to listen to the fan tomorrow and hear PA cry like a baby. Even with ponder in the game I believe the def was so fired up that he would of had the same troubles.

on January 6th, 2013 at 09:03am

Harris and Kuhn were terrific, but the real stars were the defense. Good job of containing AP, and we all found another glaring problem the Vikings have. I think it's safe to say it's time to put Joe Webb in at receiver and leave him there. Once again this proved positive that a college offense doesn't consistently work in the NFL. They'll have a challenge in SF, but it's definitely a winnable game for the Pack. Regarding our friend who had several posts about drinking behavior in GB, believe me, in the years I went to games both there and Milwaukee (and a handful at the dome), I've dealt with my fair share of drunks, and John is absolutely right. You take away from it what you seek. What works for me is just ignoring them. Don't let them get you down, exude a positive attitude apart from the game and alliances, and let security do their job.

on January 6th, 2013 at 09:06am

Well, that was fun. Now we don't have to worry about a "Yeah, but who knocked you out of the playoffs in 2012" and we can happily be division champs no matter what comes. So as every Vikings fan starts in on the Ponder talk I suggest not taking the bait. Give a little credit and start talking about the division title and the San Francisco 49ers. I know they are the closest thing to a rival right now, but we're winning so we might as well be classy. It'll really get under their skin. ;)

on January 6th, 2013 at 09:10am

well Davey, u must not live in a area where I do. the 1st thing I said to my wife and friends watching is, sh$$$t. I want ponder to play. now all year we will listen to that is why we won. I have a lot of friends that are viking fans and have to listen to kfan and ESPN radio because I like listening to sports and it's the only ones around here in NW Wisconsin by the border. I listened to paul allen the last half of the game, honest to God, with 8 min. to go in 3rd qtr, he said well we had a good year and no on expected us to win w/o Ponder. even the purple kool aid leader gave up. even though before the game he thought webb would be fine and run the zone run play option and could win it. ponder had a qb. rating of 52 in meeting at Lambeau, with 12-25 for 125 yds, 1 td and 1 pick. webb, was 11-30 for 180 yds, 1 td, and 1 pick, and had more yds. rushing then ponder. we won and that is it. Voice, your right, the D won the game no matter who would have played. 21 gives them confidence and was at the line a lot and blitzed some too which I love.. I wish 80 would have played. I know it's because he doesn't play special teams. and for the guy that had a rough time with 2 drunks, listen back to channel 11 last nite, 3 ladies in there 40's said it was the greatest thing they ever saw, and the fans all treated them very well and had so much fun, and they were dressed in vikings stuff. one was from Montana, so a few bad drunks should not ruin it for everyone, I am surprised someone didn't help u out if it's true though, if it was that bad. I would have said something and have before and that is all it normally takes. sorry for the bad nite from a packer fan. anyway, onto sf. like someone likes to say on kfan, lets play. and GO PACK

on January 6th, 2013 at 12:57pm

Great day to be a packer fan in Mpls! Let's enjoy for a few days then set our sights on SF. That sound that you hear is your silent viking-fan co-workers.

on January 7th, 2013 at 01:56pm

I give KFAN credit for at least letting the head cheese on, but PA brought the bad karma to his vikes by calling for injuring Rogers as their only chance. What he got for that comment was Joe Webb at starter. Initially made me nervous, but the defense was ready

on January 7th, 2013 at 09:48am

I just finished listen to the Kfan on demand to here your weekly spot with PA. Hope to here it again for at least a few more weeks, lets say three. PA sounded like a broken man. I agree with OSSG on all but the Ponder take. I'm just thinking about what happen to RGIII and how Shanahan rolled out his injured QB. I like Dave's focus ahead on the SF game as well. This next game is going to be tough! I good take I heard was about the replacement refs and the contact down field be the 49er cornerbacks. Hopefully this game was a good tune up for playing the 49ers and that the 49ers will be a good tune up for the Seahawks. I just don't see the Falcons come out of that game. Final take, Part of me would love to see Driver get to suite up one more time, but the other part says it would mean a better player was hurt. Thank you mister Driver, you've been Great.

on January 7th, 2013 at 10:02pm

Davy...You were much too easy on PA today on KFAN. But..."easy" is my term as a Packer Rube...let me objectively say you were probably "Classy" something that is not even in PA's dna. I felt he did not even give you much time...the segment was much shorter than normal. For PA to say they were "cheated" is ridiculous. If Ponder injury was real ....and there is evidence in his past that he has come up with questionable injuries in big games in college...if it is real injuries are part of the game...the Pack has had their share to overcome this season. And for PA to say Wayne L call of "There is Your Daggar" in the third quarter was arrogant was ridiculous. We all know MM called off the scoring after 3 quarters. PA calling someone arrogant? Give me a break. Anyway...Vikes back to their Trophyless Room and Pack on to SF. GO PACK GO !!

on January 7th, 2013 at 11:48am

I just listened to the Podcast and PA is such a pouting child, you know he'd have been in Siny's face had the purple won. Dave is class, just as Packer nation is. Some props go to Kfan but it wouldn't be on the air if not for the sponsors, and much of that is owned to Siny for getting those sponsors. The show wouldn't be on if it weren't making money otherwise they'd just drag in Barreiro an hour earlier. That's all due to the loyal Packer listeners who patronize the sponsors.

on January 8th, 2013 at 02:43pm

MNPACK....I am not complaining about Davy's time on KFAN. KFAN gives Davy a show bottom line because it works out for their bottom line as he does bring paying sponsors to his show. PA has him as a guest on his show because it sells and is good for his show. My complaint was with PA's arrogance and obvious shortness with Davy on Monday's show. You can bet if the Vikes had won the segment would have been longer with PA's trash talking....and Davy would have handled it with class and not arrogance....that is just a basic difference in their personalities and styles. Anyway...we are fortunate to have a Packer show in a Viking market....especially on their flagship station. But...enough of that...on to SF for a very interesting game. More on that game later. GO PACK GO !!

on January 8th, 2013 at 07:53pm

OSSG... Are you really complaining about the time a packer rube gets on a MN radio station? Last time I checked PA is not a weekly guest on any WI radio stations. Just be happy THC gets some time to talk about our pack..

on January 8th, 2013 at 08:23am

MNPack, OSSG isn't wrong. The segment was shorter, but I wouldn't have wanted to talk to Dave either if I was PA. OH, and PA was just 1250 Milwaukee like a week ago and said he would not do it again. Lots of radio stations have talent from other markets on. Milwaukee has a die hard Bear's Fan on their "Big Show" for example. Also Charch was on weekly about fantasy football with Bill Micheals. Now KFAN does get the props for Packer Preview. That has a lot to do with how mixed this market really is and how strong the Packer following is.

on January 8th, 2013 at 08:53am

Yeah lynndickeyfan, I too give props to KFAN for putting Packer Preview on the air & keeping it on for so many years. I don't know of any other radio station that would allow an hour long show of one of their greatest NFL rivals to be aired on their flagship station & allow it to stay. I have to listen to your stint on the PA Show, Dave, do you show up every Monday? I too am sorry to hear of your bad experience with 2 drunk fans spilling beer on you anonymous poster. I hope you can go back to Lambeau Field & have a more positive experience next time. I hope to go to Lambeau Field with my Dad someday. Glad to read they were able to remove those 2 rubes. Now on to San Francisco which is in Rodger's home state of California to take on the 49ers this Saturday. Go Pack!

on January 8th, 2013 at 12:29pm

I think a Seahawks-Packers rematch very much could happen after this weekend. Matty Ice isn't so Icee in the Playoffs. Russell Wilson has been pretty solid & rose to the occassion. I think if the Packers do get a rematch with Seahawk at Lambeau the Pack will have something speacial for Wilson & co. GO PACK GO. you can follow me on twitter at Packfan28. Keep up the good work representing for all of Packer Nation in Minnesota.

on January 9th, 2013 at 01:02am

Okay, okay. Enough gloating over our Viking win. It is such a regular occurence now that it is barely even any fun anymore. Let's move on to the big SF game, Dave. Thought you'd have a new post by now. Does the pack defend Kaepernick/Gore the same way we defended Webb/Peterson? Will Randy Moss somehow put the hurt on the Packers one last time? Woodson on Vernon Davis & Tramon on Crabtree? Max protect Rodgers or go 5 wide against the SF defense? A LB just to spy on Kaepernick? Having a QB beat you with his legs on 3rd and 8 always sucks. What should Capers & MM have in the game plan?

on January 9th, 2013 at 11:57am

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