Sunday, December 30, 2007

13 - 3 and More To Come

This is wonderful. The Green Bay Packers finish the 2007 Season 13-3 with a win over the Detroit Lions. It is everything Coach McCarthy can want in a season ending game. Brett Favre leads the team on three touchdown drives on the first three possessions. He then comes out for good two plays into the 2nd quarter, after successive completions to newly returned veteran TE Bubba Franks. Backup QB Craig Nall then takes the reserves to a final 34-13 victory. The GB Game 16 Stats make the case this is a disciplined team with a depth of talent.

RB Ryan Grant and CB Will Blackmon are knocked out of the game with injuries, but afterwards both insist they are not serious and expect to be ready for the first playoff game January 12, 2008. The Packers rest several key starters and with the extra bye week, the team will be at optimal readiness to contend for the Super Bowl. In his post-game conference, Brett Favre says “At times we played pretty good football but once the playoffs start, at times doesn’t count”.
Coach McCarthy: (Did the Chicago loss shake your team's confidence?)
I'd like to say that it didn't affect our confidence. I think it punched us right in the mouth. It was a good wake-up call. The most important thing about a wake-up call is how you respond to it. I really liked the way our football team responded today. That's what you're looking for, a decisive win at home, great crowd, perfect day at Lambeau Field. It's an excellent way to finish a 13-3 season.
"Perfect Day at Lambeau Field" -- I have to agree. This has been a special season, and no matter what happens going forward it has been a remarkable story that none of us can honestly say we saw coming.