This NFL season is like college (only a handful of dominant teams, a possible unbeaten season, one win seems to set things up for weeks to come) and college is like the pros (teams winning and losing from week to week, lots of parity).
If Dallas wins, they might well get homefield and thus would be monster favourites to win the NFC. Obviously as a Packers fan, this would blow, but general football fans should be rooting for Green Bay too. There's already been one New England blowout over Dallas this year --- we don't need to see another one in February. The alternative, however, is Brett Favre trying to go for one last epic win against the unbeaten New England juggernaut at the Super Bowl. That would be friggin' sweet.
I think this win would be bigger for Dallas than Green Bay. Green Bay has a shot on the road, whereas Dallas is in big trouble if they have to go up to Lambeau. That said, I'm going with the Pack in this one.
Ok, seriously? Atari Bigby is a stiff. And Favre looked like old Favre in the first half and more or less blew the game in a ten-minute span. And the refs completely missed Harris stripping the ball from Owens on Dallas' first series, which would've turned the whole game around.
But other than that, I'm actually not too beaten up by this loss. If Green Bay has to go back to Texas Stadium in January, with a healthy KGB/Woodson/Favre (and hopefully this time Brett doesn't play like an idiot), I like their chances.
This game crushed my spirit, offered me hope, and then crushed it again.
McCarthy totally over-thought the offensive gameplan. The Packers usual offense would have worked fine (as demonstrated by Rodgers' success when he entered the game). Meanwhile Garrett set up a gameplan similar to how the Cowboys have been successful, but tweaked it by having Owens in motion. Tweak your offense, don't revamp it!
And yeah, that early whistle was bullshit, as was the one pass interference.
If Aaron Rodgers had successfully lead the comeback, I believe that would have been the least-likely thing to ever happen.
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