Found January 05, 2014 on
The Packers’ season ended on a frustrating note as Green Bay lost by three points to San Francisco, which exemplified the entire season. Always short, just shy, almost there. There was never any comfort. This season wasn’t destined for a Super Bowl appearance.  Despite numerous comebacks and random glimmers of hope, Green Bay wasn’t meant to make it far in the playoffs.  It’s surprising they won the NFC North to begin with. And while the Packers hung in with the 49ers for the entire game Jan.5, and managed several lead changes, an interception, sacks and containment of Frank Gore, it wasn’t enough.  Just like this whole season, everything the Packers did wasn’t enough.  It was always one step forward, two giant steps back. Now don’t get me wrong, Green Bay wasn’t completely terrible this season.  They won the NFC North, overcame a 24-3 first half discrepancy in Dallas and managed to keep playoff hopes alive with a string of average quarterbacks.  Eddie Lacy was a huge factor, minus his early injuries, and new players stepped up and showed their athletic worth on the field. But the Packers weren’t stellar either, with countless injuries to critical players, a crumbling defense and a mediocre record that shouldn’t have justified a division title. The season started with a loss at San Francisco.  Sure, the 49ers were the NFC champions and the Packers were playing on the road, but the game set the tone of the season.  The Packers lost by 6 points.  They came up just short.  The loss seemed acceptable based on the team the Packers played. But what about the 34-30 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati with Rodgers in charge? Or the one touchdown loss to the Bears at home, who had a backup quarterback in? How about the tie against the Vikings, who were 2-8 at the time? Excuses can be made for the losses. Yet Green Bay made stupid mistakes and could have won easy games. The team never gave enough. Coming up short was the theme closing out the season, as backup quarterback Matt Flynn and the Packers couldn’t convert on a last-second play against the Steelers week 16. Again, they were just short. Fortunately, the Bears’ loss at Philadelphia gave them hope, and another win against the Bears week 17 sealed the Packers’ fate as NFC North champs. And while the last regular season game was hard-fought, the Packers only won by five points. Six points came from a controversial call on a Jarrett Boykin touchdown. The win was too close for comfort. The Packers have had a good run since playing its January 2011 wildcard playoff game. Since then, the team had won five of their last six playoff games, including a Super Bowl, before the Jan. 5 game against San Francisco. But unlike the past few years, this was not the Packers’ season. Time was always running out, like the clock expiring on a Phil Dawson field goal.  Until the Packers can regroup, and put up strong wins – wins with more than a touchdown separating the score – the dream season will be out of reach. Thanks for the entertainment this year, Packers. But I’ll be waiting for you to take two steps forward, and no steps back, for the next Super Bowl run. Read more Packers rumors, news and opinion on our Green Bay Packers page

Photo of Jordy Nelson getting groped by a fan

Jordy Nelson might need an adult after getting groped by a Broncos fan on his Lambeau leap — CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 5, 2014 Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post Photo of Jordy Nelson getting groped by a fan appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

McCarthy 'very proud' of Packers, puts positive spin on end of season

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Based on a record of 8-8-1, this wasn't a good season by Green Bay Packers standards. Losing at home in the opening round of the playoffs certainly wasn't a good way to end the season. However, minutes after walking off Lambeau Field having been defeated by the San Francisco 49ers yet again, coach Mike McCarthy took a quite different tone in his assessment...

CB Shields, LB Neal hurt for Packers

Cornerback Sam Shields and outside linebacker Mike Neal have left Sunday's wild-card game for the Packers against the San Francisco 49ers with knee injuries, and their returns were questionable. Shields left on the second play of the 49ers first possession after hurting his left knee. He was helped to the sideline before being carted off the field. Neal appeared to hurt his...

Sam Shields’ MRI revealed a bone bruise

    Packers cornerback Sam Shields dodged a bullet and suffered only a bone bruise in his knee during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. Per league source, MRI shows only a bone bruise for Packers CB Sam Shields, who's due to become a free agent in March. — ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 6, 2014 Shields is scheduled to hit free agency...

WR Jones among key Packers facing uncertainty

Wearing his familiar knit cap and a blue San Jose State sweatshirt, Packers receiver James Jones looked like he was ready to escape the bitter cold and take the first flight back home to the West Coast. He will take a month or so to decompress with family before starting to think about football again. But with free agency looming, there's no guarantee the veteran wideout will...

Dropped INT Sours Hyde’s Rookie Season

Micah Hyde had a chance to be a hero in Sunday night’s playoff game and end Colin Kaepernick’s reign of destruction over the Green Bay Packers. But it just slipped through his fingers. Read what he said about his missed opportunity.

Did the Packers deserve to win the NFC North?

As a die-hard Packers fan and shareholder of the team, I should be jumping for joy, right?  But I’m not.  Trust me, I’m happy Green Bay will venture into the offseason.  With the way they were playing after quarterback Aaron Rodger’s week nine injury, I didn’t expect a second place slot, let alone first place in the NFC North. Yet when you grow up in Chicago as a Packers...

Packers' Eddie Lacy a full-go for playoffs

The Green Bay Packers are riding high for a magnitude of reasons.  They got their quarterback Aaron Rodgers back, their wide receiver Randall Cobb back, and have won the NFC North crown. This results in a first-round home playoff game on Sunday.  And if all that is not enough, their rookie sensation running back Eddie Lacy is feeling good and a full-go for the anticipated matchup...

John Kuhn Lambeau Leap fail (GIF)

Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn scored a go-ahead touchdown during Sunday’s wild card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, but he’ll be mostly remembered for his epic Lambeau Leap fail. After scoring his TD, Kuhn ran over for the traditional Lambeau Leap, but he couldn’t make it into the stands. Yikes. I think […]

Aaron Rodgers With the Houdini Escape (Video)

Aaron Manziel… Aaron Rodgers escapes An obvious hold was missed. H/T SB Nation

NFL Wildcard Game: Packers vs. 49ers Preview and Prediction

So the 8-7-1 Green Bay Packers -- improbable winners of the NFC North -- get to host the final game of Wildcard weekend at Lambeau Field later today. Against the 12-4 San Francisco 49ers. The team that has beaten the Pack three straight times going back to last season.Not many are giving the Packers much of a chance. The Niners are 3-point favorites. While the Pack's defense... Game Predictions: Wild Card Game-Packers vs 49ers

Playoff football. Frozen Tundra. Lambeau Field. It doesn’t get any better than this.   Cory Jennerjohn (@coryjennerjohn) The 49ers have the distinct advantage on the offensive and defensive line. And since this game will be played in biblical polar conditions, the big boys up front will win or lose the game. The biggest nightmare for Dom Capers should be Vernon Davis. He is healthy...

Eye In The Sky

We (a couple of my brothers and myself) were thinking about heading up to Green Bay for the game this weekend. There were a lot of reasons not to go: the long drive (we live in Kentucky), the cost (while pre-sellout tickets were relatively cheap, we would still be paying for gas, hotel, food, etc.), the weather, and the fact that I’m less than confident in the Packers chances for...

Frost Bite

The Green Bay Packers 2013 season mercifully came to end last Sunday as Phil Dawson’s 33 yard field goal sailed through the frozen uprights of Lambeau Field, giving the San Francisco 49ers a 23-20 Wild Card road victory and sending 77,000 frigid Packer patrons back to the parking lot, battling frost bite, hoping their vehicles would start. There were plenty of tickets available...

The Takeaway: Clutch in the Cold

It looked shaky at times, but the 49ers hit the right notes at the right times to escape frigid Lambeau Field with a 23-20 win over the Green Bay Packers to advance to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
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