Category Archives: 2010 Postseason

6

December

Packers Periscope: Week 14 vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Past: While the last meeting between these two teams actually occurred in week 5 of the 2011 season (which the Packers won), most fans will remember the NFC divisional game in 2010 where Aaron Rodgers played perhaps the finest game of his career, going 31 for 36, 26 yards and 3 touchdowns, which even then doesn’t show the complete dominance of the performance.  Rodgers simply could not be brought down, often scrambling from surefire sacks, and could not be slowed down, throwing pinpoint darts to receivers who were blanket covered.

On defense, a pivotal interception returned for a touchdown by Tramon Williams at the end of the 1st half was the catalyst that sparked the Packers to dominate the second half.  With Rodgers putting up points with ease, the Falcons offense played to match the Packers point for point; however the Falcons offense buckled under the pressure, most notably with quarterback Matt Ryan making several poor decisions including 2 interceptions and a fumble which sealed the game.

During the offseason, the Packers and Falcons engaged in some more gamesmanship by bidding for the services of veteran running back Steven Jackson, who was a free agent for the first time after playing for the St. Louis Rams for nearly a decade.  In the end, Ted Thompson stuck with his draft and develop and frugal free agency philosophy and let Jackson sign with the Falcons.  However, Thompson perhaps got the last laugh as the Packers drafted Alabama star running back Eddie Lacy, who plays with some Steven Jacksons in him and is a candidate for rookie of the year honors while age and injury has finally caught up with Jackson, who has only started 8 games, rushing 97 times for a paltry 339 yards.

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8

November

Packers Periscope: Week 10 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The Past

Last time these two teams met was in the NFC wildcard game in 2010.  However, the Packers got to experience the beast that they themselves had created; during the season opener Clay Matthews III knocked out starting quarterback Kevin Kolb with a concussion, which paved the way for the resurgence of Michael Vick, who had been just released from jail after pleading guilty to operating a dog fighting ring.  With the more dynamic Vick leading the way with vertical receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, the Eagles boasted one of the most dangerous offenses that head coach Andy Reid had ever fielded.

However, during the playoffs the Eagles failed to get much going on offense while the Packers watched as rookie James Starks, who had been hobbled by injuries all season, burst onto the scene with 123 yards rushing, a Packers record for a rookie running back in the playoffs and saw a little glimpse of what was to come in their stunning 2011 season when an unknown undrafted rookie blocking tight end named Tom Crabtree made his first touchdown reception by sneaking past a linebacker.

On special teams, the Packers didn’t make many mistakes, which couldn’t be said for the Eagles as kicker David Akers left 6 points off the board with two missed field goals.  The Packers also enjoyed several big plays on defense, notably Clay Matthews completely destroying tackle Winston Justice and a last minute end zone interception by Tramon Williams that pushed the Packers into the divisional round against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Present

A lot has changed for the Eagles since the 2010 playoff game.  13 year incumbent Andy Reid was replaced by college football phenomenon Chip Kelly, who had lead the Oregon Ducks to a 46-7 record with 4 bowl appearances with his fast-paced, spread offense.  While Kelly and his super speed offense sent shockwaves throughout the NFL after their opening game against the Redskins after calling 53 plays in the first half, the rest of the NFL adjusted and the Eagles have been the epitome of “up and down” with some thrilling victories and some crushing defeats which explains the 5-3 record.

While Michael Vick still holds the starting quarterback position in name, Nick Foles has made a case to remain under center after a record breaking 7 touchdown, 158.3 QB rating touchdown performance last week against the Oakland Raiders.  On the other side of the ball, the Eagles defense has been largely ineffective, sorting out much like the Green Bay Packers in terms of defensive efficiency.

5

September

Are the 49ers still Tougher than the Packers?

The 49ers still are tougher than the Packers…for now.

The San Francisco 49ers beat the hell out of the Green Bay Packers last season. Twice.

In week one, the 49ers ran for 186 yards and averaged almost six yards per carry. Alex Smith had only six incomplete passes and routinely hit wide open receivers hanging out in the middle of the field, unafraid of being laid out by Packers defenders.

In the divisional round of the playoffs, things got even uglier. Colin Kaepernick ran for 181 yards and threw for 263 more. When Kaepernick took off, he made Packers’ defenders look like lead-footed, lifeless zombies in a scene from The Walking Dead.

All of that damage was easy for even the average viewer to see while watching from his or her couch. If you broke down the film after the game and paid attention to what was happening in the trenches, things got even uglier for the Packers.

The 49ers offensive line operated like a machine — a modern, deadly, ruthless machine that was sent to Earth specifically to blow Packers defenders off the line of scrimmage, seal off the edges and create giant spaces for guys like Frank Gore and Kaepernick to gallop through.

When compared to the Packers offensive line, the 49ers wrecking crew was on a completely different level. The Packers allowed 20 quarterback hurries in the two games and never established the run. Green Bay’s front five always seemed to be flailing as yet another San Francisco defender broke through and set his sights on Aaron Rodgers.

The middle of the field — where both toughness and athleticism have a chance to shine — was also heavily tilted in the 49ers favor. Navarro Bowman and Patrick Willis, the 49ers two middle linebackers, combined for 30 tackles, a key interception and a sack.

In the week 1 loss, Alex Smith consistently found open receivers in the middle of the field while Kapernick simply ran by, through and around whoever happened to be manning the middle for the Packers in the playoffs.

A.J. Hawk totaled 22 tackles, but were any of them impact plays?

The 49ers left little doubt last season that they were tougher than the Packers. With the two teams set to meet again this Sunday, have the tables turned at all?

24

February

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

The only thing you need to survive this Sunday without Packers football is Tom Silverstein’s story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on the Packers front office and scouting operation.

Once again, the Packers were shorthanded at the NFL combine thanks to the departure of John Dorsey for Kansas City. In 2011, John Schneider left for Seattle and Reggie McKenzie departed for Oakland in 2012. All three of Ted Thompson’s right-hand men took general manager jobs.

You want your favorite NFL team to have as much talent as possible, both on the field and in the front office. It’s never a good thing to lose a talented player, just like it’s never a good thing to lose a talented executive. Silverstein’s story does a nice job of showing just how much of a team sport scouting, player evaluation and draft day can be.

However, every team has a star. On the field, the Packers have Aaron Rodgers. In the front office, they have Thompson.

As long as Rodgers is playing, the Packers should be good. As long as Thompson is the general manager, the front office should be fine.

I don’t get overly worried when Packers executives start making their annual exit from Green Bay for opportunities elsewhere. As long as Thompson is around, the Packers should remain on the right track. He’s the star. He’s the one that makes everything go.

Yes, Thompson has been fortunate to have talented current and former staff members, but he’s the one who makes the final call on everything personnel related. Thompson is the man who deserves the credit when a personnel move works out. He’s also the one to blame if something backfires. The Packers front office sinks or swims based on Thompson’s decisions.

Every team, and every front office, needs depth. You can never have too much talent. But as long as your main guys are around — Rodgers on the field, Thompson in the front office — things should be OK in Green Bay.

Packers News and Notes

  • $14 million per year for Greg Jennings? All it takes is one team, but I don’t see it happening. Jennings should be happy to get $14-17 million guaranteed over the life of a deal instead of $14 million per season in addition to any type of signing bonus.
25

November

Packers Prediction Contest: Win a copy of the Official Super Bowl XLV Commemorative Book

One - Official Commemorative Book of the Packers Super Bowl XLV Journey

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One Mind, One Heart, One Purpose. Charles Woodson spoke those words and it became the official mantra of the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl Journey.

As the 2012 Packers try to find their own path to the Super Bowl, it never hurts to look back and reminisce on the great ride the 2010 Packers took to the organization’s 13th world championship.

This beautifully produced hardcover book features original and in-depth stories from the Packers editorial staff writers, as well as hundreds of photographs.

You’ll be treated to insider insights and behind-the-scenes images, many never before published, including photos from the team plane on the ride home, the triumphant return to Lambeau Field, the jubilant parade, even inside the invitation-only private ring ceremony.

The book also includes a forward by Charles Woodson, an introduction by Mike McCarthy and an afterword by Mark Murphy.

 

Packers Vs Giants Prediction Contest.

Now you can win a copy of this fantastic book.

Make your picks in the comments below.   The person with the correct winning team and the closest overall in point differential wins the T-shirt.

Don’t forget the tiebreaker question… (you won’t be eligible if you don’t answer it.)

 

Winning Team:

Final Score:

Tiebreaker: (Total net yards of offense for the Packers):

Post your entry in the comments below. Only entries posted here and received by 8:30PM EasternTime on 11/25/12 will be considered. ALLGBP writers are not eligible. The winner will be announced On Monday in the comments section of this post, so check back if you think you did well.

 

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22

October

SPECIAL SALE on Packers Super Bowl XLV Commemorative Book

One - The official Commemorative of the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers

One – The Official Commemorative of the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers

One Mind, One Heart, One Purpose, One Goal – Charles Woodson

We have a cool deal for ALLGBP.com readers. Using our special offer code, you can purchase the official commemorative book of the Packers Super Bowl XLV season for only $10. This book was commissioned directly by the Packers and is normally sold in the Pro Shop for $25.00

This full-color hardcover book tracks the Packers game by game over that magical ride to the Super Bowl Championship.  It includes original and in-depth stories from the Packers editorial staff writers, as well as hundreds of photographs.  There is a Foreward by Charles Woodson,  an Introduction by Mike McCarthy and and Afterword by Mark Murphy.

Readers are treated to insider insights and behind-the-scenes images, many never before published, including photos from the team plane on the ride home, the triumphant return to Lambeau Field, the jubilant parade, even inside the invitation-only private ring ceremony.

This is a limited offer until 12/20/12 or supplies run out, whichever happens first.  If you’re looking for a cool gift for the Packers fan in your life or just want to treat yourself to a special deal, pick one up now.

Just click on this store link and be sure to enter in offer code “ALLGBP” (no quotes).

 

Here is the press release from the Packers about his book:

The Green Bay Packers’ inspiring 2010 season continues to be replayed in the minds of fans, old and new, through the publication ONE, the one and only official team commemorative book illustrating the journey to Super Bowl XLV.

The keepsake has been a popular item in the Packers Pro Shop since its arrival in September.

Flipping through the 128 pages of ONE allows readers to relive each game from the standpoint of players, coaches, and fans. The book includes an Introduction written by Head Coach Mike McCarthy, an Afterword written by President and CEO Mark Murphy, more than 150 pictures, and firsthand stories written by Packers editorial staff.

 The book also features a Foreword written by cornerback Charles Woodson, who also inspired the book’s title, ONE, with his motivating postgame speech to his teammates following the NFC Championship. The speech focused on the need for unity and the actions of one heart, mind, purpose, and goal.

21

October

Packers Prediction Contest: Win a copy of the Official Super Bowl XLV Commemorative Book

One - Official Commemorative Book of the Packers Super Bowl XLV Journey

*** WIN THIS BOOK ***

One Mind, One Heart, One Purpose. Charles Woodson spoke those words and it became the official mantra of the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl Journey.

As the 2012 Packers try to find their own path to the Super Bowl, it never hurts to look back and reminisce on the great ride the 2010 Packers took to the organization’s 13th world championship.

This beautifully produced hardcover book features original and in-depth stories from the Packers editorial staff writers, as well as hundreds of photographs.

You’ll be treated to insider insights and behind-the-scenes images, many never before published, including photos from the team plane on the ride home, the triumphant return to Lambeau Field, the jubilant parade, even inside the invitation-only private ring ceremony.

The book also includes a forward by Charles Woodson, an introduction by Mike McCarthy and an afterword by Mark Murphy.

 

Packers Vs Rams Prediction Contest.

Now you can win a copy of this fantastic book.

Make your picks in the comments below.   The person with the correct winning team and the closest overall in point differential wins the T-shirt.

Don’t forget the tiebreaker question… (you won’t be eligible if you don’t answer it.)

 

Winning Team:

Final Score:

Tiebreaker: (Total net yards of offense for the Packers):

Post your entry in the comments below. Only entries posted here and received by 1:00PM EasternTime on 10/21/12 will be considered. ALLGBP writers are not eligible. The winner will be announced in the comments section of this post, so check back if you think you did well.

 

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