The heavyweight showdown of the year delivered as advertised on Sunday. While the Patriots did come up on the short end of the five-point stick, they kept a rolling Packers offense limited to just 26 points. Unfortunately the offense missed far too many opportunities while the Packers took advantage of the chances they were granted. In the end the difference was a defensive breakdown leading to a late first half 45-yard touchdown from Jordy Nelson, and a rare Rob Gronkowski drop in the endzone.
- To start off, credit has to be given to the Packers, especially the defense. With all the love thrown around for Aaron Rodgers, deservedly so, the defense stepped up in a big way. They pressured Tom Brady for the majority of the game causing him to look more like weeks 1-4 Tom Brady than the Brady who’s been tearing up the field. Granted, Brady didn’t have a terrible game going 22-35 for 245 and two touchdowns. However, he looked uncomfortable throughout and missed targets more often than usual. There was simply no consistent rhythm to speak of at any point in the game.
-A huge problem I have with Sunday’s game is the lack of running attack. Going into Sunday, Green Bay was ranked 30th against the run. The Patriots have shown they have the talent at running back to sustain a successful running game. LaGarrette Blount had 58 yards on only 10 carries. When they ran the ball they kept pushing forward for more yards, but the problem was they only ran it 18 times. It’s not like it was a blowout either. Sunday was a game that the running game needed to be featured, and for whatever reason it wasn’t.
Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 13: Packers Hold on to Beat Patriots 26-21 »