Did anybody watch the Jets
Steelers game? Was that an ugly game to watch or what? Every time either
team did anything good it annoyed me. I had to shut it off the 2nd quarter,
LOL. The Good: with
losing and the Pats winning the Pats garner all the tie breakers against
. The Bad: is that a loss for the Jets would have all but knocked them out
of the Playoffs. How great would it have been to watch the Jets lose three
straight? The Ugly: technically if the Jets win out and the Pats don’t,
the Jets could still win the division. The Pats still need one win or a Jets
loss to lock up Homefield advantage throughout the Playoffs.
This was a big ugly game won by
the big uglies. Just for the record, Vince Wilfork was clearly the Player of
the Game. He had his best game of the season at a time when they needed him
the most. He was truly spectacular when Brace, Wright, Deaderick, and half
the D-Line was out with injuries. I just wanted to say that in this game,
under these conditions, with these injuries Wilfork had to step up and be
great for the Pats to win, and he did. What better compliment can you give
to a Player?
The game started out
unpredictably with a crazy onside kick, that I missed as I was writing how
the game was going to start out predictably with blah-blah-blah happening.
Flynn comes out throwing short, which is what he has to do, because he has a
weak arm, Greg Jennings for 4. Brandon Jackson garners a 1st down on the
next play. Dimitri Nance runs for 4.
then slips off a Wilfork bearhug only to get a Mayo Smackdown. Then the FB
flies for a 1st down. Warren and Mayo sniff out the Screen but
still somehow gets 3 yards. The more I watched Brandon Jackson the more he
reminded me of BJG-E, and the more he reminded me of BJG-E the more worried
goes into the shotgun, and Driver makes a terrific catch for a 1st down. And
the Pack was suddenly in the Redzone. BJ…I mean
rumbled to the 8-yard line. Enter Some-Guy-Named-Moore who just dashes
inside Chad Clifton and sprints unimpeded for another big Sack. The Patriots
blitz Guyton and some-Dane-named-Fletcher and both put pressure on Flynn who
throws the ball away, for a super important clutch counterpunch as the
Packers had really come out and punched the Pats in the face and they were
reeling. It force a field goal. 3-Nothing Packers, and it was starting to
look like the Pats were not mentally prepared for
The Pats come out looking to
soften up the
Green Bay's gut a little as BJG-E runs off-tackle for 5. A Welker
misreception led to a nice pass to Gronk who grumbles down the field for 30.
Then old friend BJ Raji Sacks Brady. On 2nd and 17
comes out with 2 D-Linemen, and Brady throws it to Woodson. However, Branch
made a terrific catch right at the 1st down marker, and spins his way to a
1st down. Boom! BJG-E follows
Mankins through the line, and then burst back to his left for a 33-yard
touchdown run, and a much needed clutch counter punch. Pats-7, GB-3. Clutch
Nance falls down for zip-yards.
Then Flynn goes deep to James Jones, but McCourty’s coverage is just
perfect. On 3rd and ten big Vince Wilfork powers past both Daryn Colledge
and Scott Wells and almost gets Flynn to the ground, but he somehow gets
away and throws the ball as some-Dane-named-Fletcher slams him to the
ground. Punt. Then another Bushleague call as they claim Jarrett Bush was
blocked into Edelman, even though he wasn’t moving at all when Edelman
slammed into him? And it should have been a block in the back call or an
interference call, it was neither. It was a punt that forced Edelman into
Bush not the block by Pats player. Another crap call. We saw that exact play
happen to Slater three times, and it was interference every time.
BJG-E runs to nowhere. And
Mathews stunts right into Brady who scrambles away, but has to throw the
ball away. Brady makes another clutch throw and hits Hernandez who then runs
for a 1st down. The Amazing Woodhead Weeble-wobbles for 6. Then an
interesting stat pops up on the screen. Woodhead is averaging 5.2 YPC, 11.2
YPC, for an average of 6.9 yards every time he touches the ball. Woodhead
burst behind Seabass and Connolly for a lightning 15 yards. They slipped the
ball quickly to Woodhead right up the middle for 2. The Pats come out in the
hurry up, but out hurry themselves for a false start, 2nd and 13. A Welker
Screen is annihilated by Charles Woodson, 3rd and 13. Brady goes deep to
Tate, but he overthrows it a little and Tate had to knock the ball out of
Sam Shields hands.
Jermaine Cunningham Rips around
Bryan Bulaga, but Flynn somehow escapes again, and runs to the outside were
he falls down in front of Ninkovich for a yard. A Draw to
was set up nicely, but it still only garnered a few yards as the first
quarter expired. Then Flynn floats the ball up nicely, and Meriweather pulls
a Tebucky Jones and tackles McCourty as Jones floats alone into the Endzone,
and it looks like
had landed another haymaker. GB-10, Pats-7, Clutch Counterpunches- 3.
The drive started off as the
disastrous Desmond Bishop just destroys Brady and causes a fumble. However,
Brady recovered the ball for a loss of ten. Welker finally beats Woodson for
a 7-yard catch. Punt. And it was starting to look like one of those game
where lady luck was not on our side. But Rib Ninkovich stunts inside for a
nice clutch Sack, 2nd and 17. Then Jordy Nelson makes a huge drop just a few
yards short of the 1st down, 3rd and 17. GB makes a terrible call, giving
the ball to the FB on 3rd and 17. Punt.
Now it was time for the most
mentally tough team in the NFL show the stuff that champions are made of.
marched into your house and punched the Pats right in the face 5 times, and
now was the time to get up off the canvas and start punching back. An
end-around to Hernandez runs for a terrific jab of 16-yards, and another
clutch play. The Ex-BC great Raji slips between Koppen and Connolly to
Smackdown BJG-E for a loss of 4, but a Hold makes it 1st and 20. Time for
another clutch play or two by Brady. He riffles the ball low for an amazing
clutch throw, into the only spot Hernandez can catch it as Atari Bigby had
dived in front of him, and Hernandez is able to scoop it off the turf for 6.
A quick outlet to Crumpler made it 3rd and ten. But Brady dropped back into
great coverage and had to throw it into the dirt. It was starting to look
like the amazing focus that had led them to this position was faltering, and
another lesson was to be learned, the only question was would this lesson
cost them a game.
Now was the D’s turn to try and
step up and punch GB in the mouth. A first yard run was swarmed over by a
sea of blue for a good beginning. Guyton stepped in front of Quarless to
knock the ball out. Wilfork leaped offside to give GB a second chance and
made it 3rd and 4. Jones beats McCourty for a predictable 1st down. The D
stayed tough however, and punished
for 4. Wilfork powered his way into the hole, but
bounced off of Josh Stitton’s butt and tried to bounce outside. However,
Cunningham grabbed him for 2-yards. An illegal pick by James Jones broke
Jordy Nelson wide open on the sideline for another non-call against the
Packers and a 1st down. Flynn threw a soft one to Quarless who gets slammed
by McCourty for a roundhouse intimidation hit. But the refs step in and blow
another one. As they are conferring on some imaginary penalty they were
trying to make up, they decide against it. As Ed Hercules, or whatever his
name is announcing that their was no penalty, the other refs decide to
illegally watch the stadium screen, and make no mistake about it the refs
are explicitly ordered to not watch the stadium screen so they have
plausible deniability when they make an obvious mistake that everyone can
see on replay occurs. The illegally decided that what they were illegally
watching was illegal. And yes folks right as Hercules was announcing that
there was no illegalities on the play, his cohorts in crime dropped an
illegal flag on the field. Then they illegally gave the Pats a 15-yard
penalty, as lady luck spits in our face. McCourty does a great job setting
the edge, and Wilfork bounces outside grabs
and slows him down again, and Mayo and Guyton slam him down. Flynn makes
another nice throw to Quinn Johnson for a quick 4-yard pick up. However, the
Pats refuse to blitz again, and big surprise Flynn has as much time to throw
as he had at LSU, and big surprise- 1st down. However, the Pats blitz two
and the pass is incomplete. Then the Pats blitz 1 and the pass is
incomplete. Flynn flicks it high and McCourty slams Driver out of bounds as
he tries to grab it.The Pats rush
three and a perfectly executed Screen to that Damn Fullback brings the ball
down to the 3-yard line. A pass interference call made it 1st and goal at
the 1, and Greg Jennings Slants into the Endzone for a touchdown. GB-17, NEP-7,Clutch
Then “Clutch” Connolly picks
up the Squib Kick and grumbles Straight up field holding the ball like he is
Sisyphus carrying the boulder up the hill instead of pushing it. With the
earth trembling and the football gods laughing he breaks to the left with
blinding speed, or at least the entire Green Bay Special Teams unit suddenly
looked blind as Connolly bops and weaves between blind Packers and somehow
falls down on the 4-yardline for a clutch 71-yard return, which is the
longest return for an offensive linemen in NFL history, for maybe the most
super amazing clutch counterpunch of the entire year for the entire NFL, LOL.
BJG-E catches the ball at the 2-yard line and it looks like Brady is
entering into his previously expected clutch play. The two-minute warning
came and it looked like it was time to slam the ball repeatedly into the gut
of the Packers. BJG-E for nothing, but it runs over 40 seconds off the
clock, as the Pats want a TD and no time left on the clock for the Pack to
do anything with the ball after. Then Brady bounces around inside the pocket
nervously as he looks left, and then turns to the right and riffles the ball
right into the gut of Hernandez to another clutch Touchdown. GB-17, NEP-14,
looks to run out the clock as Deaderick slows him down and Mayo comes in to
Smack him down.
then burst through the line and look like he was going somewhere, but a Mayo
Smackdown a yard short of the first down marker ended the half.
Well these are the games that
make champions. You get punched in the face, lady luck turn against you, and
refs won’t call a penalty on youropponent.
And, every time the ref confer with each other, they talk each out of a
penialty on the Packer, or they talk themselves into calling a penalty, even
a previously unseen penalty, on the Patriot. What do you do? How do you
react? You have to come out fighting and counterpunching and drag yourself
off the mat and fight. Winners are not judge by how many times they get
knocked down, but by how many times they get up. They have gotten up off the
mat too many times in the first half to waste it now.
comes out and starts punching the weary home team in the face, Jackson for
2, Jackson for 12.
for 2, and that Damn Fullback for 6. But for some reason on 3rd and three
they throw the ball, and Kyle Arrington Leaps to his left for an
I-N-T-Bay-Bee, and somehow runs through 4 tacklers for a startling game
changing Pick-six. 21-17 Pats baby!
Enter Vince Wilfork, who shuffles
down the line as three guys try and block him, and then simple crushes
Dimitri Nance into the turf for another super amazing counterpunch, forcing
Flynn to throw. He hits Quarless on a short cross, but Arrington pulls him
down just short of the 1st down. On 3rd and 1 the Pats stacking the line,
but that Damn Fullback bounces outside for a 1st down. A strange looking
half-Screen garnered an ugly 1st down. Flynn throws to
, but Ninkovich makes a terrific open field tackle to stop him short of the
1st down. But the Packers come back to the running game for a 1st down.
makes a nice catch short of the 1st down.
runs way too easily over the line, and it was starting to look like a field
goal would be a gift. Flynn floats a ball deep and Arrington should have
snagged it, but he tipped it away instead. Wilfork makes a good tackle, but
it was by the facemask for another big penalty, as the refs ignore the
grabbing of his shirt in the back by the O-Linemen he had just beaten, again.
For some reason the Packers O-Line was allowed to grab the backs of Pats
shirts when they were beaten all game long, and not one call. Back to
for 5. Pats blitz Cunningham who got to Flynn and forced him to throw it
away 3rd and 5. They throw the ball to that Damn Fullback who deeks-out
three defenders and leaps into the Endzone for a disastrous TD drive by the
Packers. GB-24, NEP-21 GB. Super Amazing clutch plays-3.
The Pats respond with a three and
out to give the Packers every bit of momentum their decimated team needed.
comes out throwing for a first down as the Pats defense looked like they
makes a deep catch for another 1st down. They run the ball against the Pats
now hapless defense for 1. They run it again for 12, and
is suddenly in the Redzone looking to score again. They throw the ball to
way back behind the LOS, but McCourty was sitting there waiting for him for
a loss of 1. McCourty tackles
again to make it 3rd and 6. Then they somehow let that Damn Fullback bop and
weave through their defense again on 3rd down for a first down, and now
was openly laughing in the Pats face. That Damn Fullback tried to Dive into
the Endzone but finally gets slammed down. He gets slammed down again to
make 3rd and goal from the 1. They try to throw the ball 3rd down, and
despite three holds from behind by three Packer O-Linemen, again, Flynn is
allowed to throw the ball away without a flag. 27-21 Packers, and I am sick
to my stomach. This game just tested my nerves to their limit.
Brady nervously floats a wounded
duck to Welker 17-yards down field and he catches sit and runs for another
18 and a super amazing clutch 35-yard catch. Woodhead appears around to the
outside for 7. BJG-E catches the ball right in the middle of the field for a
1st down. BJG-E tries to power it into the Redzone but is stop at the LOS.
They try to slip it up the middle to Woodhead but Desmond Bishop tries to
decapitate him and nearly succeeds. An incompletion causes a field goal.
GB-27, Pats-24, Super Amazing clutch plays- 3.
comes out with the lead and still holding the momentum, but rising star
Devon McCourty says not in my house, and Sacks Flynn for a four yard loss.
comes out of the backfield covered by Wilfork, who has great coverage for
another super amazing clutch play, 3rd and 14 Some-Guy-Named-Moore powers
his way through an obvious Hold to flush Flynn out of the pocket, and force
Champion time. This is another
test this young team has to pass in order to be true champions. Winning a
game when you really shouldn’t win the game. They have been playing
terrible, but they have to keep fighting. Brady swings it out to Woodhead
who disappeared from coverage and runs for a 1st down. Woodhead runs
straight into the
line for 7. Woodhead gets the ball again and cuts back for a 1st down. The
Pats are running the ball, but are in the no-huddle hurry up. Brady riffles
it to Branch as he gets hit for another clutch 1st down. Then the Amazing
Woodhead powers for a 1st down. And the Pats are suddenly at the 10-yard
line. Then Captain Clutch drops back and zips the ball to Hernandez who
powers over a defender and dances into the Endzone a little too cockily for
some peoples taste (my wives’), but not mine (that's right a little Patti
Smith reference, and if your too young to get to bad for you;-). Pats-31,
GB-27, Super Amazing clutch plays- 6.
then sprints right up the middle for a fast 1st down, and past midfield.
tried to go off tackle, but Chung slams him down for a four yard loss in a
huge clutch play that in retrospect ended the drive. Brett Swain catches a
ball to make it 3rd an 8, in what has to be two down territory. Flynn’s in
the shotgun as the Pats blitz and surprise-surprise Flynn throws it away to
Four-minute-drive time. Brady
throws to Welker, who gets jumped on top of by two defenders to cause the
misreception. A tipped pass causes a punt, and the Pats fail the four minute
drive test. However, they are up 4, and GB needs a TD to win not a FG.
runs for 5 before he is gang tackled by four defenders. Meriweather
intercepts the ball, enter the refs. TB-C pushed the right tackle in the
face after he grabbed his helmet with both hands blocking him in the face,
as Wilfork is being Held from behind right in front of the refs. But the
refs, as usual, only see the Pats infractions and not the Packers. This is
easy the worst refereed game of the season. GB runs three straight times to
run the clock down to the two minute warning for some reason? As good as
Green bays game plan was coming into this game, their head coaching
decisions and clock management has been terrible. Everything is going the
Pack way, except for the coaching which keeps making mistakes to give the
Pats a chance. The Packers come out at the 35-yard line down 4 with
minutes to go in the game, and run the ball to take more time off the clock.
2nd and 4. Flynn rolls out of the pocket, but a blitzing Dane-named-Fletcher
forces him to throw the ball away. Donald Driver catches the ball at the 24-yardline
for a first down, with
to go. Pats blitz Dane Fletcher and Guyton, and Fletcher sprints into
Flynn’s legs and flips him to the ground for a super clutch Sack. 2nd and
18 53 second left. They rush three and predictably give up a pass to make it
3rd and 11. Another three man rush for 10-yard reception to make it 4th and
1. Enter the rookie. The offense was lost as Flynn couldn’t get the play
from the terrible game day coaches. He drops back, but a blitzing TB-C
brings him down to the turf for a victory, and knocks the ball lose as well.
And the final Super amazing clutch play of the day is Vince Wilfork dive
onto top of the fumbled ball to end the game, and then laying there for a
few minutes exhausted.
This was a great win for the
Pats. This is Playoff football.
came out and out physicaled the Pats and they still won. The fans were
overconfident, the media was overconfident, and I was overconfident. The
team had played so prettily over the past 2 and half games that we had
forgotten how tough a victory in the NFL really was. They needed a nice
tough ugly win to remind the old guys and show the young guys what Playoff
football really was. In retrospect I really enjoyed this game. During the
game my stomach was in knots with nerves, and this was easily the most nerve
wracking game of the season for me. Expectations have changed as the team
grew, and now we expect to win every game. That is always a dangerous sheet
of ice to stand on. But what the hell, we are only one more win away from
hosting the Playoffs in Foxboro, and what is better than that;-)
I would like to apologize to
Patsfan for my horrible preview and this okay at best review. For you see
I'm not that strong (sorry I have Sister Morphine running through my head
for some reason?). I have developed on odd ear inner ear infection that has
been making me sick for the past couple of months, and finally wiped me out
this past week, I finally got to the doctor on Friday, and they gave me
super amazing bionic antibiotics, you know, the kind they give to big ugly
guys. By Sunday morning I felt better, so naturally I went and played full
court basketball for two hours with my buddies. Brilliant! I truly don't
regret it as I had a great time playing basketball, but by 2 in the
afternoon I was so sick I could get out of the bed and my ear started aching
again. The goods news is that the Patriots aren't the only one who learned a
lesson on Sunday. I also learned a lesson, "when the doctors put you on
bionic antibiotics, DON'T GO AND PLAY BASKETBALL FOR TWO HOURS WITH YOUR
BUDDIES!" 'Nuff said.
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