No offense, but Jennings, Quarless may have handed playoffs away : Packers Insider

No offense, but Jennings, Quarless may have handed playoffs away

December 13, 2010 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, senior writer

~The Green Bay Packers offense put on a pathetic display in Motown Sunday, in front of almost as many Packer fans as Lion fans, and lost the game 7-3 and lost control of their playoff destiny as a result.

The Packers White Wall offensive line was bullied and battered in Detroit, and as a result, Aaron Rodgers was forced to take matters into his own feet, scrambling for a key first down, but getting his head smashed into the turf my one of the Lion linebackers. Rodgers suffered his second concussion in two months, and was removed from the game in the second quarter.

Left guard Daryn Colledge hurt his knee on the play that rookie tight end Andrew Quarless fumbled the ball away. That play is very reminiscent of the play where Donald Lee fumbled in Washington, causing Jermichael Finley to have to make a tackle and getting his knee injured, ending his season.

Jason Spitz took the place of Colledge, and coach McCarthy thought he was so bad, that he eventually took Spitz out and tried another member of the White Wall, TJ Lang. It didn’t make any difference as Flynn put up goose eggs no matter who was blocking poorly.

Veteran tackle Chad Clifton was bad, so was rookie right tackle Bryan Bulaga. In the middle, center Scott Wells and right guard Josh Sitton were also ineffective.

In addition to Quarless fumbling one ball away on the first drive, Greg Jennings took this perfect pass from Rodgers which would have been a 77 yard touchdown, and instead let it slip through his fingers, bounce off his helmet, and then be a gift of interception to the Lions, ending Rodgers’ career-long streak of no interceptions, and costing the Packers the one touchdown they needed that would have won the game. At least no Packer tore their knee on that play.

Backup QB Matt Flynn, who had been given praise by certain journalists this pre-season, was able to engineer zero points in his first meaningful action of his career. Flynn did help engineer a nice drive in the third quarter, only to throw a terrible interception in the end zone, on 1st down no less.

Another Packers linebacker, Frank Zombo, was injured, the old knee “sprain” as coach McCarthy calls everything.  Apparently Rodgers has a head “sprain” too.

Because of the loss, a crucial divisional loss and conference loss, the Packers pretty much have no chance at all at getting one of the two wildcard spots. Their only hope of making it to the post-season is to beat the Bears for the division. And for that to happen, the Packers need to have the Vikings beat the Bears next Monday night, and then the Packers themselves will need to beat the Bears on the final day, January 2nd.

One more storm cloud: this week the Packers must travel to New England and play the best team in the NFL, the Patriots. They hammered the Bears yesterday in Chicago, two weeks after they scored 45 points against these same Lions who held the Packers to 3.

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