Green Bay Packers Bring Their A-Game Against Their Rivals
In Week 3, the Green Bay Packers came face to face with one of their fiercest rivals in the Detroit Lions.
Both teams went into the game 1-1 and with their seasons on the line, it was a must-win situation for both of them.
The Packers were riding high off their blowout victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but were down in the first half against the Lions after giving up 27 points, thanks to two interceptions from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
October 15, 2007, The Game
Green Bay at Chicago.
Late in Green Bay’s 30–27 loss, Rodgers throws a Hail Mary pass to receiver Greg Jennings, who catches it for a 62 yard touchdown with no time left.
The play is called 7 Heaven. It’s arguably one of the greatest plays in NFL history.
It also happens to be a microcosm of what makes Rodgers so great:
his ability to elevate his teammates and make them better than they could ever hope to be on their own.
It was just one of those magical moments where everything clicked, and I felt like I had all day back there, he says.
I saw him break open and that was it.
September 9, 2010, Monday Night Football
The Green Bay Packers are on fire. In their first game of the 2010 season, against a Chicago Bears team that has posted a perfect record through Week 1 and 2, they begin to play their A game.
The final score is 47-10 in favor of Green Bay. After two games, both wins for Green Bay, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is leading all quarterbacks with over 400 yards passing and 4 touchdowns.
Receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver have combined for over 200 yards receiving while also scoring 3 touchdowns.
Running back Brandon Jackson has been an unexpected contributor; he’s rushed for over 100 yards in each of his first two games while also catching a touchdown pass from Rodgers.
November 26, 2010, Thanksgiving Day
The Green Bay Packers play their rivals, The Detroit Lions.
The last time these two teams played, both of them had won against each other in away games.
This game is crucial for both teams’ playoff hopes.
With only 2 minutes left, quarterback Aaron Rodgers goes 24 yards to find receiver James Jones for a touchdown, giving his team an 8 point lead.
But time isn’t on their side and with just 1 minute left on the clock, Detroit scores 3 points to keep themselves alive.
Green Bay still has possession of the ball so they try to run out as much time as possible.
They do get one first down but then face 4th down with 16 seconds left on the clock.
The decision is made to go for it, but instead of throwing it Rodgers hands it off to running back Brandon Jackson who runs up 4 yards before getting tackled by Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
January 12, 2011, Divisional Playoff Round
The Green Bay Packers hosted their rivals, the Chicago Bears, in a matchup of two of the best teams in NFL football.
Both teams finished with 13-3 records during regular season play and were first and second seeds in their respective conferences.
The following game was an outstanding offensive shootout between two evenly matched squads, despite such high praise,
one team would be eliminated from Super Bowl contention by night’s end.
In order to win, both teams needed to bring their A game.
Here are some of each team’s key players that led them to victory
January 15, 2011, Conference Championship Round
Green Bay vs. Chicago:
This was probably one of my favorite football games to watch in recent years.
The Green Bay Packers and their #1 ranked defense facing off against a very aggressive Chicago Bears offense, led by Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall.
It didn’t take long for the Bears to strike first as Cutler completed a 32 yard TD pass to Marshall, which put them up 7- 0 early on.
But it didn’t take long for Aaron Rodgers and his offense to respond with a quick drive downfield that ended with an 11 yard touchdown run by Ryan Grant, putting them back on top 7-7.
But then another big play by Marshall, who caught an 18 yard pass from Cutler putting them back in front 14-10.
The rest of the 1st quarter would be dominated by both defenses holding each other scoreless while they traded punts.
February 6, 2011 – Super Bowl XLV
The Green Bay Packers defeated their rivals, The Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns while James Starks and Ryan Grant both had over 100 yards on offense as well.
This was one of their best performances ever against an AFC team since they last played in a Super Bowl in 1996 against Jacksonville Jaguars.
The big game is Sunday, February 6th at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
It will be televised by FOX Broadcasting Company at 6:30 PM CST.
The tickets are sold out and there will be about 90,000 people watching from inside and outside Cowboys Stadium.
This is going to be a great game between two teams that have not met each other in a long time
about 20 years.
If you can’t watch it live you can always catch it on DVR or Tivo or even online later if you miss it!
Go Pack Go!