by Amy Lignor
I don’t believe since the very first Super Bowl occurred on the frozen tundra that anyone has ever said, “The Pack is Out.” Why is this, you wonder? Well, they certainly have had horrific seasons in their past, but the Packers seem to have this legacy (no matter who is at the helm), of not giving up. Whether it was the thrill of Brett when he brought the Packers name back up the pedestal, or not, “The Pack is Back” has always been a familiar mantra in the NFL.
When the remarkable Aaron Rodgers had to step aside this year, there were many who immediately shook their heads and were filled with nausea at the fact that their key player was gone well before their Division was clinched. As it stands, the Packers are third in the NFC Northern Division. Not the best, but after yesterday’s game, certainly not the worst.
Matt Flynn has been doing Aaron’s job. Not as gracefully or as successfully as Aaron, but you got to give the kid credit. In a world of massive stars that people talk about like the second coming of Namath, this ‘no name’ QB has pulled out some serious surprises and caused happiness for the Packers’ fans everywhere.
Flynn was grace under pressure when facing the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. The Cowboys team was up for the challenge, don’t get me wrong, but perhaps, a lot like Seattle was in San Fran, they were too overconfident going in. You could tell. Jerry Jones was already smiling; Tony Romo looked beyond happy; the home crowd was cheering; and, of course, the history was poor for the Pack versus Dallas on the Cowboys’ home turf; they hadn’t been victorious there in a good, long time.
What the Cowboys perhaps forgot was the fact that the “Pack is Back.” They’re like the Tiger Woods of football. Remember, that is a man who can fall hard, yet one win and everyone’s once again cheering for what they view as a golfing legend. With the Pack, no matter how low they move down the ladder, it only takes one game to remind everyone that the frozen tundra has been home to many stars – and their home crowd are cheeseheads to the extreme and will support them no matter what.
Flynn racked up four touchdown passes in the second half, after a slow and slightly disappointing first. Tony Romo came out and did what he does best when a rally is happening for the other team, he threw an interception. Two, in fact, in the last three minutes. He almost got away with the second, however. He tried to line up and call a new play immediately, but the Packers took the time out to review the play and…suffice to say, Romo once again came up short and Jerry Jones’ smile was once again wiped off his face.
Are these two teams out? Not in the least. With the surprises that have come along this season, it almost seems like anyone could be a wild card.
The emotions ran rampant during the Pack’s odd takedown of the Cowboys. And with them now being (7-6-1), their playoff hopes are very much alive. More good news? It’s very possible Rodgers will be on the field next Sunday, which could bring back the ultimate momentum they need to take the whole darn thing.
Yes, there is shaking of heads right now. But, again, even though the Seattle Seahawks are at the top of the heap in the NFC, they have fallen from that perch before. They have struggled this season after winning game after game without breaking a sweat, and they are still nursing their mental wounds that they rightfully earned in San Francisco, even after beating Eli Manning and the Giants yesterday.
The Cowboys could have tied it all up, leveling the playing field with their Division rivals, Philadelphia, but…it wasn’t meant to be. And when Dez Bryant of the Cowboys walked off the field before the game was over, he looked far more like a mad little boy on the playground than a man who earned 153 yards and a touchdown.
This is what football is all about, people. Who will get the rally going to take the trophy? And will Seattle, who has far too much overconfidence, really be able to win it ALL. The NFC Conference Championship, perhaps, but they would still have to face a far more experienced (and humble) AFC team that knows exactly what they’re doing!
Until Next Time, Everybody,