Packers XLV

Hats Off to Aaron's Arm, Jared's Hands and Mason's Leg.

Posted January 16th, 2017 @ 04:01am

So, I had a decision to make. Son Jackson's eighth grade basketball team had a championship game at 7pm in Shakopee--about a 30-minute drive away. Do I watch the end of the game or listen to Wayne? I decided to head to Shakopee after Mason Crosby nailed the 56 yarder that put the Pack up 31-28 with a minute and a half to play.

I figured we might be looking at overtime and I really didn't want to miss the whole basketball game. I have to say, there's something very satisfying about listening to Wayne and Larry, rather than the network crew. When the Cowboys tied it, I figured I'd be dialing up the game on my phone as I made my way to the gym at East Junior High.

The last thing I expected was that the Pack would win the game while I was still rolling down Highway 169. 35 seconds and two timeouts? No problem for mighty Aaron, who added another amazing chapter to this storybook season, this time with an amazing sideline throw on third and 20, caught brilliantly by Jared Cook, who has earned a multiyear extension with his playoff heroics.

And what can you say about Mason Crosby, who became the first kicker to hit two 50+ yard field goals in the final two minutes of a playoff game? His 23 straight postseason field goals is as clutch as it gets and these last two will go down as the biggest of his career, in light of the circumstances. When I got home, I watched the final two possessions. I'm really glad I wasn't watching live, that game winner was a little too close for comfort.

The game couldn't have started any better for the Pack. They got off to the quick start we had hoped for. The 21-3 lead was bigger than we could have imagined and they needed every point, as the defense wore down and started to collapse in the fourth quarter. The quad injury suffered by Morgan Burnett on that first quarter collision with LaDarius Gunter could have been fatal, but rookie Kentrell Brice stepped up and made just enough plays in his place.

As expected, the Cowboys got their yards. Zeke, Dez and Dak all had big days, but as it turned out the team stats were almost identical: total yards, total plays, yards per play, third down conversions (both were 6-11), turnovers--all were almost identical. it came down to the closing seconds and Rodgers and Cook made the play of the game.

It was just the second time since 1990 that the #4 beat the #1 in the NFC (the Giants' win over the Pack six years ago was the other). And I have to say, it feels extra special to knock out the Cowboys. There's obviously some great playoff history between these teams, from the Ice Bowl to the frustrating losses in the 90s to the Dez non-catch a couple of years ago. This year's edition marks the start of a fun, new era in Big D, but their magical 13-3 season ends with a one and done in the playoffs and they haven't won beyond wildcard weekend since 1995.

Meanwhile, a moment of appreciation for Mike McCarthy, who two months ago felt the need to remind everyone that he's a highly successful football coach. Now he can add that he's won more playoff games in Green Bay than Vince Lombardi.

And now he finds himself two wins away from tying Vince with a second Super Bowl title. Vince had Bart, Mike has Aaron. And Aaron is proving that he will not be denied as he looks to lead his team back to the mountaintop.

Oh, and for the record, the night was golden all the way around. Jackson's basketball team knocked off Prior Lake for the championship.



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on January 15th, 2017 at 10:59pm

That was one hell of a finish. I'm so glad it didn't go to OT because the defense had nothing left, and we all know what the recent record of playoff OT games have been; not worth going down that path. But nonetheless, it was a great game. Let's savor this one for a day or two, then turn our attention to the dirty birds. GO PACK!!!

on January 16th, 2017 at 02:49pm

It almost gave me a heart attack, but it is a win. D isn't going to win the Packers games, comes down to 12 and that offense.

on January 16th, 2017 at 03:52pm

That was an epic, one for the ages game. congrats on the win. I see all the Packer fans now have to spew on Star tribune. so here I am. But when you go low I am going high like Geronimo A. your O-line might be the best in the tournament. What I liked is it was a clean win no hail mary, disputed call Even Aikman and Buck could not have ruined that game for Packers fans. When do they vote for MVP cause Rodg is looking quite deserving.

on January 16th, 2017 at 06:57am

Instant classic. We got turn over. That was crazy. Mason was on point. Hopefully Burnett's OK. Hard to believe we did it without him. Brice step up, but he that pick he dropped.... man that would have been points of the board. Doesn't matter now, the Pack was "Elite". We're going to Hotlanta for another tough game. I'm going to go buy some Tums now.

on January 16th, 2017 at 09:25am

What a magical season....guys keep going down and the free agents step in. Rodgers and his O line were great. How about Aaron drawing up the last school yard play in the huddle telling his receivers where to go. Fox caught this beautifully on the screen. Voice...You are right with your draft and undrafted players forming the core of this team...but will you finally admit that a few quality free agent signings are important to a playoff team? Where would we be without Jared Cook? A couple of these signings every year to supplement a roster without breaking the bank helps. We need to keep scoring in the 30's on offense to keep advancing. We are now in The Final Four!! GO PACK GO !!

on January 16th, 2017 at 09:37am

What a game!!!! Up early for packers preview and up late for your post. A win against Dallas is soooo sweet! I have been watching the games this season and since I moved here in 2014 at Khartoum bar in Campbell, CA. Over 100 strong today all dressed in the green and gold! They serve no food, but allow all fans to bring their own. It's always one heck of a Packers game day experience! Go Pack!

on January 16th, 2017 at 12:25am

wowohwowohwow!!!!, my hear can't take those games, what game and 12 is ridiculous. mark tauscher said b4 game pack would win 31-28 on last 2nd fg by crosby. Now that is a prediction. can't say enough about capers, i know they gave up lead, but when they lost Burnett, i thought they were done, he does more on d then Hahaha does. Hyde is playing great and needs to be resigned tomorrow. Now on to atlanta, 1st one to 41 wins. Enjoy this boys and girls, were all spoiled. GO Packers.

on January 17th, 2017 at 01:03pm

The Packers not only added a new legend to their lore and won an historic playoff game but added a new signature to their moment: dash pass left. Depending on what the Packers do with this one going forward it could rank with the '95 divisional win at San Francisco or the 2010 blow-out in Atlanta as breakthroughs to championships.

on January 17th, 2017 at 05:53am

never seen GB take such a hellacious beating...even barraro was tweetin 41-0 was within reach....Sinakin threw in the towle at half.. Gerby stopped tweetin.....4-6 to NFC championship game was a helluva turnaround

on January 24th, 2017 at 12:21pm

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