Well, the good news is, we can talk to Rob Chudzinzki now. The bad news? Uhh, the Green Bay Packers tried to play a 55 minute football game, and succeeded. It was those last 5 minutes that sucked. Green Bay inexplicably turtled up when Morgan Burnett decided to lay down after a pick and a mile of green grass in front of him. Green Bay then went into full stupid mode by running up the middle 3 times, and give Seattle the ball right back with a breath-taking 30 yard punt.
After harassing Wilson all day, GB then decides to lay back and play coverage. Naturally it takes Seattle one minute to score. Throw in Green Bay’s Preston Riley moment (hello Brandon Bostick), and yet more soft defense (how do you float a ball 30 feet in the air that no one can lay a hand on on the 2 pt conversion?) and you have 15 points scored in 30 seconds. thus negating the entire excellent game played by the GB defense. Well, except for the amazingly stupid call to rush 3 on a 3rd and 19 play (from a 2nd and 30 set up by a Clay Matthews sack of RW), and allow a 30 yard pass to Doug Baldwin to sustain Seattle’s first TD drive.
This game was in essence a microcosm of the 49er season. Terrible red zone offense, Playing not to lose from ahead, ultra-conservative play calling, and going away from what has worked all day. What irked me is the fact that GB had pressured Wilson all day and forced picks because of pressure. Naturally in crunch time when they needed to pressure him most, they go soft and drop into coverage. When they need a couple first downs to seal the game, they go up the middle 5 out of 6 times for two 3-and-outs. The incomplete pass hit the TE who wasn’t looking for the ball. Huh?
It’s bad enough to take the ball out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands, but that play calling shit was perplexing in the least. GB had run fairly well, but those kinds of situations are begging for play action and misdirection. Not the most basic of plays that are easy to defend, and which Seattle is definitely looking for. Add a couple of special teams lapses, and you have ‘one of the greatest playoff games ever”. Please. Green Bay gave it away. Falling for a fake FG? Utter stupidity. In the end, Green Bay Yorked it up badly.