I flat out do not believe how that game unfolded. The Packers put on nothing short of a heroic effort, the entire game, and especially on defense. In the first quarter, wide receiver Randall Cobb was knocked out of the game with a broken sternum. This meant that the Green Bay Packers, the last three quarters of this game, were without the top four wide receivers they entered training camp with, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Ty Montgomery, The Packers played amazing football, forgetting all about the dire circumstances, only to lose it in dramatic fashion, in overtime. The whole game, I was waiting for the Cardinals to turn it on, and run away from the Packers. That never happened. That was one of the best games I have ever watched in my life. The Packers did about as well as they could, minus just one decision by Mike McCarthy.
Following yet another Hail Mary, Mike McCarthy opted to kick the extra point and go to overtime. I believe this was a bad decision based on the circumstances. The Packers were beat up, undermanned, and facing a superior team to them in every fashion. They had a very small chance to win the game in overtime regardless of the coin flip to begin with, so idea of winning the game in overtime should not have even crossed their mind. Especially since the play was being reviewed, the Packers had plenty of time to get on the line of scrimmage with the full play clock at their disposal with to wide receivers, Janis and Abbrederis, Richard Rodgers, the tight end, John Kuhn, the fullback, and Eddie Lacy, the running back. Why do we do this? Well, the McCarthy should have realized at that moment, following that Hail Mary, that the best chance for the Packers to advance would be to let the season live or die on the abilities of the highest paid football player in the world to find the match up he wants and make the play to get it done.
This game was also full of ironies. I find it rather ironic and poetic that this game came down to the Jeff Janis making plays. All season long, we have all preached about how Jeff Janis has vertical ability, something the Packers lacked all season, and was the source of their offensive problems. This game came down to Jeff Janis running down the field and catching the ball two times, and on the Hail Mary, out jumped two players, one of them an All-Pro, to catch that ball. Speaking of that Hail Mary. I thought the Hail Mary in Detroit was the best throw I've ever seen a quarterback make. I was wrong. This one topped that. Aaron Rodgers heaved that football 61 yards, falling away from his throwing motion, to the left, and backwards as well.
The biggest irony though is in regards to one of my core points all season. I've been preaching for weeks now about how it is time for the Packers to find a new head coach, because McCarthy constantly lets them get away with less than a full effort. Well, Saturday night, for the first time in a very long time, these Green Bay Packers, gave a full effort, start to finish, for the entire game.