Claire from Rockford, MI
Vic, what did you think of the game yesterday?
I was stunned. I didn’t expect the Packers to be able to rally from 23 points down to win the game. I was expecting a better performance in the second half, but I didn’t think winning the game was realistic. I can’t think of another game I covered that produced as big of a turnaround.
Brian from Fond du Lac, WI
Vic, how about those five straight touchdown drives Matt “The Laser” Flynn led us on in a must-win situation? And how about Eddie “The Steamroller” Lacy bringing the bruising punishment? How about the defense coming up big when we needed them to? And how about all those cheering Packers fans that took over the stadium late in the game? After that first half, I had a strong sense of doom and, yet, I watched on. Whatever they are doing at halftime seems to be working.
When you go back and analyze what happened in the second half, the comeback becomes even more amazing. The Packers had the ball five times and scored five touchdowns. Three of those possessions began at the Packers' 20-yard line. Five for five, especially given those circumstances, is extraordinary. I don’t think I had ever seen that happen.
Earl from Stevens Point, WI
I’m curious how many emails you’ve received calling for Dom Capers’ job after that miraculous victory. I love December football.
It was a struggle to find questions for “Ask Vic Halftime” because nearly all of the questions were the same. The venom was intense. We’ve become a sports culture that responds to failure with a fire-somebody demand. We need to affix blame immediately. It’s kind of sad, but it is what it is and it’s not going to change.
Guilhem from Bordeaux, France
If this game, if this season makes me learn something, it is that I am too young for Y2 banana or for 4-3 or 3-4. From now on, I’m gonna wait for game time, sit my butt on the couch and enjoy my Green Bay Packers as hard as I can.
After I got home last night, I sat down and watched some TV to wind down before I went to bed. I was watching a review of the day’s games and they went into a deep analysis of the Packers-Cowboys game. Michael Irvin went right to the audible Tony Romo called that resulted in Sam Shields’ interception. The analysis got very technical and then they brought in Kurt Warner to provide an even deeper technical interpretation of what happened, and they showed the play to support the analysis. I started to laugh. Hey, guys, it’s not that difficult to see what happened. Romo threw a bad pass. He threw it behind the receiver. If he throws the ball accurately, it’s a touchdown, but he threw it behind the receiver and it became a game-winning interception. That’s football. That’s crunch time. The game and the season were on the line and Romo failed. This isn’t something new for him. It’s amazing how the same guys repeatedly fail in big games late in the season. It’s what they do. No schematic analysis needed. It’s about the human confrontation.
|RB Eddie Lacy |
Jason from Hutchinson, KS
Eddie Lacy deserves rookie of the year.
He’s the guy. There’s no question in my mind.
Raphaël from Paris, France
Did you see something change as far as play-calling on the defensive side after halftime? Or was it more about concentration and desperation (and the Cowboys stopping to run the football)?
I saw one team impose its will and another team lose its will. I saw one team win the battle of the human confrontation. Play calling? That game wasn’t about play calling, it was about making plays. Romo had a chance to make a game-winning play. Instead, Shields did. The Packers were sold out to stop what they expected would be a run. They were in absolutely the wrong defense for the audible Romo called, yet, they made it work.
Dan from Houston, TX
Vic, is this real life?
Yes, this is real life. December football is real life. September and October are practice for December. The first half of the season isn’t real, it’s practice for what’s real. This is when you find out what your team has under the hood.
Sean from Des Moines, IA
That was an amazing game. I don’t even know what happened at halftime. Do you think people will stop asking for people to be fired after a rally by the whole team?
Demanding that everyone be fired is a crutch we use when we’re hurting too much to stand on our own two feet.
Jeff from South Georgia
Vic, now? Look out?
It can happen. If it does, it will happen at just the right time.
Gregory from Deltona, FL
Will Aaron Rodgers be able to play the game against Pittsburgh?
Here we go again. Mike McCarthy will meet with the media at 3 p.m. today and the football soap opera “Will Rodgers play?” will begin again. I don’t think this will be the dramatic conclusion, but I wouldn’t want to miss one episode of this hit show.
Quinn from Georgetown, TX
Vic, I had the pleasure of watching the magic unfold in Dallas on Sunday. The atmosphere was amazing and as the final seconds counted down, I couldn’t help but feel like this is the kind of win that can really get a team going and maybe spark them to do something remarkable. Is it crazy for me to be thinking about Super Bowl arrangements?
It’s the kind of win that can make a team feel as though it’s a team of destiny, and that’s a powerful emotion that has carried a lot of teams to improbable playoff runs. The 2010 Packers immediately come to mind. What the Packers need right now is help. They need someone to beat the Lions. If the Ravens do that tonight, the run might be on. At that point, it’s just win, baby.
Hermes from Richmond, CA
Vic, this win has to feel good. I’ve been a Packers fan for a long time but this is the first season in which I truly appreciate the December friend. Thanks for reintroducing me to someone I had taken for granted. Regardless of how the season turns out, I’m glad he’s around.
I really needed him, or her, whatever the case might be.
Aaron from Boise, ID
This is a surprise, Vic. This is a real nice surprise, just a real nice surprise.
That it is, Aaron.
Brock from Kenosha, WI
How many Packers fans were at the game? It kind of reminded me of the Vikings game in the Metrodome, as far as the crowd goes.
It wasn’t overwhelming, but it was a healthy turnout. What I noticed most about the Packers fans in attendance is that they came to cheer. There were no boos as the Packers left the field at halftime, as was the case the previous week, and the Packers fans never stopped cheering, even when the Packers fell far behind. When the Packers began their comeback in the second half, they were cheered every step of the way. These are great fans. They have my respect and appreciation.
Mike from Brooklyn, NY
Vic, I am ashamed of my conduct during today’s game. I switched off the Packers game. I also texted all of my fellow Packers fans and said, “Well, not like we could’ve beaten the Seahawks anyway.” I just couldn’t stand to see my beloved team thrown out of the playoff race like a rag doll. Well, we all saw what happened, and I immediately thought of you. I wasn’t being winsome. That is a mistake I hope to never make again. Any advice on how to keep a winsome state of mind, even when your team is at risk for a blowout?
From what I’m getting in my inbox, it sounds as though yesterday’s game was a seminal event for a lot of fans.
Steve from Bullhead City, AZ
Vic, I went to a sports bar to watch the game. It was mostly senior-citizen Packers fans and one Cowboys fan. After the second Williams pick, our lone Cowboys fan went to the restroom and he never came out. He went out the window in the restroom.
That’s sad. Think of the great opportunity he wasted. He had a chance to distinguish himself by being gracious. Instead, he embarrassed himself by being cowardly. Sports can be a great teacher if we allow ourselves to learn from it.
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