GREEN BAY—Micah Hyde is the kind of guy Mike McCarthy likes to call a “four-down player.”
The last two games show exactly what he’s talking about.
Last week against the Bears, Hyde had an interception on second down. On Sunday against the Eagles, he scored on fourth down.
Hyde’s 75-yard punt return late in the first quarter put the Packers ahead by 17 points and was the first sign they were headed for another blowout, which mercifully ended 53-20.
Declining to fair-catch the ball despite one Eagles cover man closing fast, Hyde appeared not to be touched on his way to the second punt-return TD of his two-year career.
“Great blocking,” Hyde said. “I caught the ball, went left a little bit, made one cut and there was this huge lane. I had the whole sideline.”
Hyde added that fellow punt-return unit member Davon House told him he knew Hyde wasn’t going to fair-catch Donnie Jones’ 50-yard punt, which had plenty of hang time. He might have caught the Eagles assuming a fair catch, leaving them a bit flat-footed, while Hyde’s teammates never stopped throwing blocks.
“I have faith in the guys blocking for me,” he said.
“I almost passed out from running. That’s why my ‘Lambeau Leap’ was so bad. I was tired. I got a whole bunch of beer spilled on me.”
Rough moments: Other than Hyde’s big play, it wasn’t the best of days on special teams for the Packers.
Holder Tim Masthay bobbled a PAT snap, which prevented the extra point from being kicked, while kicker Mason Crosby had another PAT blocked and missed a 50-yard field goal wide right. Late in the game, Masthay also had a punt blocked for the second time this season.
The blessing is that the miscues happened in a game whose outcome wouldn’t be affected, but it gives the Packers film to review to clean things up.
“Obviously it was kind of a weird night,” Crosby said. “Some weird stuff happened on special teams, but the defense played great, offense played great. It’s just like any week, you evaluate it, but it was great to get a big win tonight.”
The blowout win over Chicago last week included a late kickoff return for a score by the Bears, and the Packers were sharper against the Eagles’ dangerous return game. Kickoff returner Chris Polk averaged just 22.3 yards on four returns, while veteran breakaway threat Darren Sproles gained just six yards on one punt return.
For the second straight week, Crosby kicked off a whopping 10 times, but this week he was able to boot six touchbacks. He had none last week, and the Bears’ TD return came on the 10th and final kickoff of the night.
“I’ve been a little tired these last couple weeks, kicking off a lot,” Crosby joked. “I was glad I could get a couple more touchbacks this week and give those guys a break.”
Lopsided: Just how dominant have the Packers been at home? Since falling behind the Jets, 21-3, back in Week 2, the Packers have outscored the opposition 216-64 at Lambeau Field.
“It just goes to show that playing at Lambeau is tough,” defensive lineman Mike Daniels said. “It’s a hostile environment. The fans do a great job getting the noise up. You don’t want to lose, but you really don’t want to lose at home.”
Injury update: The Packers reported no new injuries from Sunday’s game. COMPLETE GAME COVERAGE