Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots: 2014 Game 12 (Packers 26, Patriots 21)
As always, this post it what it says it is, unfiltered initial reactions as the game progresses. I always find it entertaining to compare initial impressions from the heat of the moment with more measured thoughts with time to think about it. Everything is up for discussion.
A playoff atmosphere will take over Lambeau today as perhaps the two hottest teams in the NFL battle it out.
They are also the only two teams who have made the playoffs the last five years in a row.
High powered offenses, you say? New England (32.5) ranks first in the NFL in points per game this season with Green Bay (32.2) in second place.
Nick Perry and Jarret Bush are both active. In Perry’s case, I think he was going to play all along, but wanted to give NE another thing to consider in preparations
oday’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).
Inactives for today’s game:
Green Bay Packers
16 QB Scott Tolzien
39 CB Demetri Goodson
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
97 DT Luther Robinson
New England Patriots
21 CB Malcolm Butler
28 RB James White
48 LS Danny Aiken
59 LB Chris White
65 OL Jordan Devey
71 OL Cameron Fleming
95 DE Chandler Jones
Nation buzzing about this game: Definitely Theses are the games you love to compete in. Lambeau field has been buzzing all day.
Prepare any differently: The thing that stands out about this team is their consistency. How they go through their week of preparation, whether coming off a win or loss, their week of preparation. We had some corrections that needed to be mafde. Our outdoor practices were good. We feel very good about where we are and we’re ready to go.
Perry, Bush limited at all: They’ll both assume their normal responsibilities.
NE as a chameleon: Def – their approach is unique that way and that’s how you have to prepare for them. This is a game we’ll have to figure each other out early and get in a flow
matchups: Definitel;y Utilizing your resources.
Brady: Great player. What he’s done has just been extroadinary. carrys the face of that franchises in a class way
Gronk: he’s a matchup problem for anybody. This guy is unique. he has a body type and uses it in unique ways, not just to make the catch, you have to tackle him afgterwards
Key stats to look for: Turnovers, total possession and big play production will be the big statistics.
GB success at home: We always play better at home – we’ve started fast which has helped us. Lambeau is a great place to play. Important we get out to good start not just on offense. This game is going to come down to all three phases. Special teams could be a big factor.
Packers vs. Patriots- First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and elect to receive.
Browner starts out on Nelson and Revis on Cobb.
Of course, I only know this from twitter as CBS HAD To RUN A MILLION ADS! They pick up the game with 12:34 left in the quarter and the Packers on the NE 16. How did they get there> Have no F’ing clue…
Announcer says one pass on first play, three Lacy runs for 39 yds. Wish I had seen them.
Packers only gain 2 yds on two run plays, throw to Adams is long – they settle for a field goal.
Packers start on defense with Matthews and Barrington at ILB, not Hawk.
Hawk in on next play and then Barrington again. Barrington comes up BIG with two straight stops on 2nd and 3rd downs. NE punts.
Patriots showing a variety of rush packages, getting some pressure, but overall, Rodgers makes them pay by extending play to the outside.
Packers again have to settle for a field goal in the red zone. Not a good thing against the Patriots.
Patriots playing a lot of press coverage. Challenging Packers WRs to get open. Nelson hasn’t gotten a sniff yet, seeing double coverage most of the time.
Patriots crossing routes is what I was most worried about. So far #Packers are all over them. NE goes 3 and out.
Rodgers continues to take what the Pats secondary is giving him. Long completions to Adams and then Richard Rodgers for the TD. That looked too easy.
VERY pleased Rodgers hasn’t tried to force the ball to Nelson and Cobb. Be patient and use the 3rd WR, TE’s RB’s, and the running game.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 13 NE 0
Down 13, Patriots have switched to “throw first” mode. First and goal on the six yd line. Shields leaves the game and walks to the locker room. Possible concussion. Davon House is next man up.
Branden Bolden gets a shot and makes 4-5 packers miss on a TD run.
Getting Cobb on a LB – brilliant. (bunch formation, Cobb in backfield) Fantastic play design.
Cobb with 3 straight catches out of the backfield. Revis is on Nelson this series.
Packers in the red zone and Rodgers sacked on third down. And what was TJ Lang looking at on that play? Hightower was right in front of him.
Packers settle for their 3rd Red Zone field goal.
Brady starting to find Edleman and Vereen. That’s BIG trouble…
Tramon beat badly on 3rd and goal as Pats get 7 points. Not settling for field goals in the Red Zone.
Jordy Nelson… Burn, Revis, burn…
Score at end of 1st half: GB 23 NE 14
Packers vs. Patriots- First Impressions – Second Half:
Packers DL shows up big time in first series. Daniels draws a holding call and hits Brady. Then Datone Jones pressure causes an errant throw. NE punts. Packers on their own 46.
Get into FG range but Crosby misses a 40 yarder. He’s been so good this year, even I can’t criticize him for that.
Packers defense is playing as well as can be expected against the Pats offense. Any time they get pressure on Brady – good things happen (for the Packers).
Davante Adams goes over 100 yds receiving for first time in his career. Nice job, rook…
Gotta give Lacy a lot of credit for hanging in there on a blitz by Jamie Collins. Takes two hits, falls on top of Collins, but Collins gets up and later sacks a cornered Rodgers.
Packers punt for the first time.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 23 NE 14
Barrington asleep on a Bolden run. Stop playing – didn’t realize Bolden was still going.
When Davon House gets beat. it’s usually because he hasn’t turned around in time to see the ball. Just did it again as Pats draw within 2 pts.
Pats D is wearing down as Packers methodically drive downfield. In the red zone again…
Davante Adams, Oh no… right in your hands. Yet another Red Zone field goal. Packers up by a very uncomfortable 5 pts.
Pretty much anything is four down territory now for the Pats.
Few believers in the Packers D on twitter when Mike Neal sacks Brady. I retweeted their assinine tweets just for fun.
Pats miss a field goal!
Packers make a big third down and it’s the VICTORY FORMATION.
Final Score: GB 26 NE 21
Packers defense had some ups and downs, but overall played as well as they are capable of against a potent offense. This is a unit that is not great, but is good enough for a SB contender with a top offense..
Defense was swarming to the ball today. Can’t often say that…
Sam Barrington made some impact plays, but was also victimized a few times. Normal for an inexperienced player, but his future should be bright.
A very good game by the offensive line today.
Jordy Nelson… Burn, Revis, burn…
Julius Peppers had a very quiet day.
People (not me) were calling the Vikings win a gutty win. Um, no… THIS is was a gutty win.
I think Tom Brady is a little mad.
Multiple kudos to Mike McCarthy and his offensive game plan today. I criticize him a lot, and today I could little to fault. The bunch formations (been asking for that for years). Cobb catching passes out of the backfield. All great moves. Well done.
This was the type of win I needed to see to really believe the Packers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. It is done.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.