What We Learned in the NFC Championship Game

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IMG_0989.JPGPostseason heartbreak has become a familiar sentiment for Packers fans of late. Sunday’s defensive meltdown in the game’s final minutes was the Packers’ fourth overtime defeat under Mike McCarthy – the second in an NFC championship game. Despite owning a 16-point lead mid-way into the third quarter – and a 12-point lead with less than four minutes to play – the defense crumbled and gave way to the improbable.

The Packers’ collapse spoiled three and a half quarters of physical, lights-out football on the road. The Packers committed far fewer penalties than Seattle and intercepted Russell Wilson four times. Along with their success versus the pass, the Green Bay defense held Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in check during the first half. For the game’s first 55 minutes, Dom Capers called the game of his career and the Packers played some of their best road football since McCarthy became head coach in 2006.

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The Packer offense, however, failed to keep Seattle out of the game, generating just six points off of the five total turnovers.

The offense’s failure to shut the door on Seattle is puzzling, to say the least. Aaron Rodgers received outstanding protection from his offensive line and played admirably under his lingering calf injury. Running back Eddie Lacy kept the chains moving with big yardage after contact. But overly-conservative play calling paired with bonehead mistakes during the game’s final five minutes set the stage for a Seahawks comeback.

There are too many variables outside a franchise’s control to allow games to slip away the way that the Packers did on Sunday. Though the Packers will surely be in the equation next season, fans have to hope that uncontrollable factors like injuries and officiating don’t compromise a promising regular season. This year, it was only themselves that got in the way of a return to the game’s biggest stage.


Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

1 Comment

  1.   October 19, 2015, 9:30 pm

    I’m glad that you didn’t minimize what Rivers accomplished on Sunday. He’s one of the best QBs of all time when he’s hot, his only weakness is consistency from game to game and, sometimes from 1 half to another. The Chargers successfully protected their devastated O-line with quick timing routes and limited run plays.

    Manning will be trying to do the same thing with a weaker arm (remains to be seen if he can), but I don’t think Newton’s offense can adjust in the same way. Carolina will likely stick to their read option with a hard to bring down QB, which creates a unique challenge for our D.

    The banged up Packers won a game that they’ve typically lost in the past, with lopsided time of possessions and the offense playing down to their opponents. That builds confidence in me, and hopefully in the team and coaches as well.

    Hard to count on having a healthy team by the end of the season. We’ve been banged up more than most teams by week 17, and this season appears to be on that same track. But the next man up philosophy, McCarthy’s involvement in all phases of the game, and the young talent on this team are all playing important roles in these wins. Regardless of who’s on the field, I’m feeling very good about our playoffs success this year. Go Pack go! 🙂

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