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Henry posted:

Not a revolutionary thought but more looking at Mayo and Rodgers going all chicken salad when they can.  

An explanation for the name "Mayo" and for Lynch's advice to "take care of your chicken" all makes sense now.  We are approaching the singularity here at X4.

Chicken salad.  Check.

I'll be eating chicken salad during the game for good luck.

Titans/Chiefs - The Titans had a good warmup for Mahomes with Jackson and played a great game last week, although Baltimore really self-destructed. Henry is no joke and the Titans will be able to control the pace of the game and slow things down. But, the rust is off for KC and they won't be making the kind of mistakes they made against Houston. It could be close for 3 quarters but the Chiefs should pull away in the 4th and win this one.

49'ers/Packers - The Packers have been a great surprise this year, surpassing all expectations when it was looking like a long, gruelling re-build for the next 2-3 years with lots of questions to be answered. Kudos to MLF and Gutie for making it happen, they have a great thing going. This will not be the Packers we saw in week 12 and I expect them to come out swinging and be competitive. Garoppolo has shown the ability to get the ball out fast when needed and the 49'ers should be able to continue the trend of molesting the middle of the field if the Pack can't stone their running game early. I just think SF has put together a pretty good group and is a year ahead of the Packers in their development. Hope I'm wrong, but Winner: 49'ers

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Wilde on Rodgers: is he getting hot, or not?

Some interesting analysis/comments from Matt We Want The Ball And We're Gonna Score

 

Hot or not?

Three days after his team’s 37-8 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 24 — the Green Bay Packers’ last loss this season — Rodgers stood at his locker and explained what he thought his team would need to do to rebound and set itself up for a playoff run.

“Offensively,” Rodgers said in part that Wednesday afternoon, “I’ve got to take the lead and get hot.”



Win one for the old man?

At age 36 and nine years removed from his last trip, Rodgers seemed amused Wednesday that many of his younger teammates have taken up a win-one-for-the-old-guy mantra on his behalf.

“I haven’t really heard a lot of that,” said Rodgers, adding that he took a similar tack in 2010 for Charles Woodson and Donald Driver and in 2014 for Julius Peppers. “But I do appreciate that.”



“I was hot in a couple of ‘em,” Rodgers said with a self-deprecating chuckle Wednesday.



...he was undeniably hot against the Seahawks, going 16 of 27 for 243 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and two sacks for a 113.7 rating (his fourth-highest of the season) with a host of clutch throws with the game on the line.

 

He also finished the DET game on a positive trend. Last 3 drives: TD, Int, FG 7 of 11, 90 yds, TD, Int.

Is this the Rodgers we get on Sunday?

Hasselbeck's comments:

“I think what happens in the media a lot of times is people pull up stats. They pull up statistics and while they tell part of the story, they don’t tell the whole story,” explained ex-Packers backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who played 17 NFL seasons and is now an NFL analyst for ESPN. “I think that’s happened with Aaron Rodgers this year.

“I basically was told (by ESPN), ‘Hey, Aaron Rodgers is having a down year. Can you tell us why?’ So I turned on the tape and really studied the tape. The game that I watched when that happened, he had three drops, six throwaways and all his other incompletions were shot plays — 1-on-1s downfield, 50/50 balls. If I was the quarterback coach grading him, he would have had no incompletions I’d have put on him. And this was a game where people were writing about him struggling.”

“I just think their offense is a work in progress. But I think he could end up having one of the best finishes to this season that you could put up against any other year of his career if they’re able to finish this thing and end up in Miami.”

Rodgers was really off v DET in wk17, until he wasn't.

Last 3 drives: TD, Int, FG 7 of 11, 90 yds, TD, Int

I saw that, especially the 3 of 3 on the FG winning drive, and saw he had it.

Then he followed up v SEA with a very good game.

I wouldn't bet against him Sun in SFO.

The season as a whole and as recently as @ DET showed AR and MLF still working on finding plays that click.  Vs DET it was the deep ball.  I think they knew they could find enough plays to win when they needed to so they pushed the deep shots as often as they could to try to get something to hit.  Last Sunday was MLF distilling the gameplan down to things he knows works and it was enough.  No more experiments other than a few tweaks here and there.

Hungry5 posted:

Rodgers was really off v DET in wk17, until he wasn't.

Last 3 drives: TD, Int, FG 7 of 11, 90 yds, TD, Int

I saw that, especially the 3 of 3 on the FG winning drive, and saw he had it.

Then he followed up v SEA with a very good game.

I wouldn't bet against him Sun in SFO.

It's interesting to hear Rodgers describe that game. He believes he threw the ball well on those long throws that ended up being incompletions. I would love an explanation of what the issue was...receiver letting CB reroute? Just a poor route? Receiver needs to track the ball better and adjust? 

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I think a lot will become more clear next year early on.  I'm sure there will be some new WR talent and if Rodgers still looks as off kilter as he has sometimes then maybe it is something in his head.  I hope they draft a WR but I think it would be beneficial to bring in a vet who is a legit #2.

There are like 7 NFC Title Game threads which is fucking nonsense because NOBODY  picked this to happen but everyone is predicting a tough loss but they hope they’re wrong because dealing with failure is just padding a soft landing.

Win  The. Game. Don’t be a dick. Be a fan. 

 

 

From Wikipedia,   NFC championship game records.

Most Losses;   9 **  San Francisco 49ers,

no reason to stop a record at 9, lets make it 10 on Sunday.  

                   

 

 

ChilliJon posted:

There are like 7 NFC Title Game threads which is fucking nonsense because NOBODY  picked this to happen but everyone is predicting a tough loss but they hope they’re wrong because dealing with failure is just padding a soft landing.

Win  The. Game. Don’t be a dick. Be a fan. 

 

 

I want you to write my obituary.

Pretty sure it will be blunt.

I just have a feeling that GB is going to win this football game.  I think both lines will play well and the team will limit mistakes  There's also going to be an oddball TD in the form of a pick 6 or a PR/KR. 

I'm going with 27-17.  

Pakrz posted:

I just have a feeling that GB is going to win this football game.  I think both lines will play well and the team will limit mistakes  There's also going to be an oddball TD in the form of a pick 6 or a PR/KR. 

I'm going with 27-17.  

I can't stand Florio, but he pointed out that the margin of error in the first game didn't exactly match the score. I was thinking it this week, before the article, and I think people may be surprised if the Pack shows up differently this time. As good as the SF front 4/front 7 is, losing Bulaga was a big key in wk 12. Unforced and forced mistakes/penalties/turnovers played a major part in that first half. In fact, I remember the thread and how so many of us were happy to be down just 7...just 10...just 13. From there it snowballed. Taking nothing away from SF- they whooped GB hands down. But when this Packer team stays out of its own way, they can compete with anyone. They may not get the W, but I'm definitely feeling better about their chances today than I did earlier in the week. Dictate the tempo, play your own game, and do your best to keep SF off balance, and you have a fighting chance. Remember, it was 24(?) years ago GB went to SF and shocked the world. And sent the message they had arrived. Still one of my top 5 GB memories of all time. 

Pakrz posted:

I just have a feeling that GB is going to win this football game.  I think both lines will play well and the team will limit mistakes  There's also going to be an oddball TD in the form of a pick 6 or a PR/KR. 

I'm going with 27-17.  

I hope like hell you are right.

MNPackman posted:
Pakrz posted:

I just have a feeling that GB is going to win this football game.  I think both lines will play well and the team will limit mistakes  There's also going to be an oddball TD in the form of a pick 6 or a PR/KR. 

I'm going with 27-17.  

I hope like hell you are right.

Die-hard Packer fan so biased, but I get the same vibe.  Gotta get the lead early and then control the game flow.  It could happen.  

ChilliJon posted:

There are like 7 NFC Title Game threads which is fucking nonsense because NOBODY  picked this to happen but everyone is predicting a tough loss but they hope they’re wrong because dealing with failure is just padding a soft landing.

Win  The. Game. Don’t be a dick. Be a fan. 

Ok, yes I took off my Green & Gold goggles for this one. Keepin' it real doesn't make a Packer victory any less sweet or a loss any less bitter. So, with the goggles on: Packers win if all the stars are aligned and everything comes together at once. And just to be sure we all feel good...

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I agree with whoever said CTFB on defense. SF is probably the better team, but the Packers are good enough overall to keep it close. 2 INT’s will be the difference. Alexander and Amos.

30-27 Pack. Underdogs all day.  KC wins but doesn’t cover.  Super Bowl I rematch. It’s destiny.

Pistol GB posted:

I agree with whoever said CTFB on defense. SF is probably the better team, but the Packers are good enough overall to keep it close. 2 INT’s will be the difference. Alexander and Amos.

30-27 Pack. Underdogs all day.  KC wins but doesn’t cover.  Super Bowl I rematch. It’s destiny.

"SF is probably the better team..." --but the Packers are the best team SF will face on Sunday. Packers win this one 31-24. Two SF turnovers are the key to the GB victory. One INT and one fumble recovery dash SF's chances of moving on to the Super Bowl!  KC beats the Titans because they stopped Henry when they had to. KC 24 Tennessee 17.