But don't call him a liar! 6 years later he finally fulfilled his proclamation on a nice TD pass to John Carlson in the south end zone. Sure the Seahawks were down 443234-3 at the time, but let's give Matt that benefit of the doubt, he never specified time or circumstance on his prediction. In all seriousness what happened to this guy? Former pro bowl and Super Bowl quarterback making throws that Jay Cutler would be disgusted by. Alright that was harsh. He had a bad enough day without being thrown in the same sentence as Jay Cutler. Nobody deserves that kind of treatment.
In a related story the Packers are in the playoffs baby! (Ric Flair strut) WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! And if you thought we'd be typing that sentence after a week 9 loss to Tampa frieking Bay then you were either drunk or named Mike McCarthy or both. Either way the Packers punched their ticket with the help of a fail-tastic effort from the Giants AT HOME against the high flying Panthers. I was in attendance yesterday at Lambeau with a couple of my buddies and we got to drink in a dominant win and a playoff clinching celebration. We had a blast, I'm not sure those sitting around us can say the same thing (somwhere in Wisconsin right now 'yeah the game itself was great but there were these loud jerks giggling and yelling the whole time'). In any case some quick thoughts on win number 10.
- You knew we were in for a phenomonal day when AJ Hawk caught Matt Hasselback's first pass attempt (and I use 'attempt' loosely there). That plus Jarret Bush got his first career interception. Read that again. I went to the bathroom and stood in line from the beginning of halftime until midway through the 4th quarter and upon my return when people told me that Jarret Bush made an impact play I called them all liars and assumed he had given up a touchdown. But lo and behold it did happen. He must have read my blog last week and decided to step it up. I know I would pick up my game if a guy who can't type without sweating was making fun of me.
- Charles Woodson proved again why he should be the defensive MVP of the NFL this season. He didn't have a pick (and Bush DID, welcome to the bizarro world), but he was a sure tackler in run defense and shut down an above average receiver in TJ Houshmanzadeh. Everytime he made a play the crowd chanted 'MVP! MVP!' so that pretty much means he should win it right? I should qualify that by saying that I was chanting 'MVP!' for Matt Flynn by the end of that game, but whatever.
- Another cool moment was Crosby's 52 yard field goal. Credit to Mike McCarthy for giving him a shot at a confidence building long distance field goal with the game already decided. It was a 4th and 1 and the Packers could have gone for it and run more clock off, but instead McCarthy saw this as an opportunity to give his maligned kicker a shot at confidence not only for himself but for the Packer's faithful. When he trotted on the field he was initially met with boos, but quickly the crowd got on their feet and got behind him, and he came through with a big make. If he drills important field goals in the playoffs don't look past that moment as a turnaround point.
- Cool moment #2 occurred when Ahman Green got in the Lambeau endzone. This is a sentence that hasn't been read since 2003. He may be 87 years old, but he has played very well since Thompson signed him midway through the year. Everyone cheered him, then cringed as he went for his Lambeau leap. Luckily he made it out uninjured. Uninjured might be a made up word.
On top of all that Brandon Jackson had three touchdowns, Greg Jennings had another 100+ yard day, and Matt Flynn even looked solid in a mop up role. Honestly when I think back we saw a 3 TD game from Jackson, a Bush pick, a Hawk pick, an Ahman Green TD in 2009, Matt Flynn completing passes, and Crosby nailing 50+ yard field goals all in one game. Like the perfect storm of bizarre. Now all the Packers have to to is wait to see where they're headed for wild card weekend and whether or not they will have anything to play for on Sunday. Back when they were 4-4 I thought that the Cardinals game might have no meaning because we were mathematically eliminated, not because they had already locked up a playoff spot. Bonus word: 'playoffs.'
You like my 'quick' thoughts!?!