PackCap: Packers’ Big 3 Pushes Green Bay Past Seattle
The idea of a ‘Big Three’ exists in the NBA. But big threes can happen in other sports. Green Bay Packers showcased their big three last night with big games from Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones. They all played a role in getting Green Bay to advance to the NFC Championship Game and play the San Francisco 49ers. Packers took care of business all year at Lambeau Field, and they never fell apart. Things got tight late like they have all season, but Green Bay held strong in the fourth quarter. Packers win 28-23.
Player of the Game: Aaron Rodgers – Part of me thought about giving it to Davante Adams who deserves it too but it ends up being Rodgers. He threw for 243 yards on 16 of 2 with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Rodgers looked like the quarterback we all know and love. He did not have an incompletion over 10 yards once in this game going six-for-six, and Rodgers seemed nearly unstoppable on third down.
Honorable Mention: Jared Veldheer – What a game from Jared Veldheer! This is a weird person to take the HM honors, but he deserves it. Bryan Bulaga woke up sick with the flu. He did not play, therefore, the Packers had to rely on in-season addition Jared Veldheer. He did a great job holding the right side of the line. The move to bring him in later in the year was genius by Brian Gutekunst.
One Thing I Liked: Packers came out firing early and didn’t look rusty at all – Maybe this is a dumb take, but I felt like out of the four bye week teams, Packers looked the readiest to play this weekend. Green Bay came out firing on all cylinders from the start of this one. They’ve started quick all season, and it continues in the playoffs. They will need that again next week.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: The soft zone has to end – This is a hill I will die on this season. Packers do way too much soft zone for their own good. They’ve been doing it since the Oakland game, and it has barely worked this season. I worry that this might be one of the things that could be the thing that will bury Green Bay.
Next up: Packers head back to San Fransico for a rematch in the playoffs. Just because the 49ers blew out the Packers in November, does not mean that Green Bay will lose by multiple scores next week. Is it going to be easy? Hell no. Is it winnable? Hell yes.