PACKERS 
2014  RESULTS
Week 1-  @ Seattle  -LOST 36-16
Week 2-  N.Y. Jets  -WON 31-24
Week 3-  @ Detroit  -LOST 19-7
Week 4-  @ Chicago  -WON 38-17
Week 5-  Minnesota  -WON 42-10
Week 6-  @ Miami  -WON 27-14
Week 7-  Carolina  -WON 38-17
Week 8-  @ New Orleans  -LOST 44-23
Week 10-  Chicago -WON 55-14
Week 11-  Philadelphia  -WON 53-20
Week 12-  @ Minnesota  -WON 24-21
Week 13- Philadelphia -WON 53-20
Week 14- Atlanta  -WON 43-37
Week 15- @ Buffalo  -LOST 21-13
Week 16- @ Tampa Bay   -WON 24-3
Week 17- Detroit  -WON 30-20 

2015 PLAYOFFS
Jan 11  Packers 26, Cowboys 21

Jan 18  NFC Championship  
Seahawks 28, Packers 22

MY HEART STILL ACHES

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DEVASTATING: PACKERS blow season in HISTORIC FASHION
5:04 left (Packers 19, Seahawks 7) — Morgan Burnett intercepted Russell Wilson to give the ball back to Green Bay with a 12-point lead. But the great and wise man Julius Peppers gave him the "No Mas" stop sign signal, so instead of a possible pick-6 (remember Nick Collins pick-6 in the Super Bowl where he weaved in & out of the Steelers into the end zone) or at least getting into field goal range, Burnett instead slid down and gave the ball to the Packers offense. Burnett and Peppers are the two defensive captains, ironically. Imagine a pick-6 there & that celebration. Seahawk fans would have flooded the exits.

You usually only see guys slide down like that when the game is pretty much over. As we know, this game wasn't over. Another huge "what-if" that we did the wrong thing. For sure, if he returns it and scores, the Packers would have won. Dammit.
THE BLAME GAME

There are an amazing amount of plays which were all needed to go against the Packers in order for them to blow this game.
Here is how, who I assess blame to for blowing this golden opportunity and killing us when the Super Bowl was so close we could taste the Lombardi Trophy.
This is the most painful loss in the history of the Green Bay Packers, at least in my 45 years as a fan.

But we've had MORE than our share of terrible heartbreaks.
There was last year, at home, against the 49ers. A game that was close all the way through, tied with a few minutes to go, and Micah Hyde in position to possibly win the game with an Al Harris-type Pick-6 on the same sideline.

We laid an egg in the January 2012 home playoff loss to the Giants, coming off an almost-undefeated season where we were 13-0, ending 15-1.

There was the January 2010 overtime playoff loss in Arizona, where the Packers scored 45 points, but lost 51-45 in overtime as A) the defense was pathetic and made Kurt Warner have fewer incomplete passes in the game than touchdowns he threw, but a game that we still should have won had Rodgers not missed a wide-open Greg Jennings deep in overtime, and then later fumbled the game/season away in heartbreak, sudden-death fashion.

Of course, there was the game two years before that when the Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ again was a play away. This time it was Brett Favre who played a terrible game at home vs the Giants, and who threw it all away in overtime with his terrible interception. He had everyone open but Donald Driver, but that' who he planned on throwing it to when the play was called, and by golly he wasn't going to change his mind. He only does that on retirement.

We also have scars on our hearts from Favre's collapses in the Eagles4th & 26 game. After that lead was blown, that game too went to overtime, but that time we had the ball first. And we had a rushing game that had easily grounded out over 200 yards on the overmatched, smaller Eagles defense. It was Ahman Green, spelled by Najeh Davenport.
Of course, the ole Gunslinger decided to just chuck one up to start overtime, a basic lob pass deep to nobody, except Eagles safety Brian Dawkins.

There was also the loss at San Francisco, in what Niner Nation refers to as "The Catch II", where last play of the game (season for us), Steve Young found Terrell Owens somehow in the middle of 7 defenders.

So as well Packer fans know (all of us over the age of 20 or 30), is that losing playoff games painfully is nothing new.

But this is the worst of them all. For many reasons. 

First of all, the Packers were in control of this game from start to finish. A 3-0 lead. Then a 6-0 lead. Then a 13-0 lead. Then a 16-0 lead.
Seattle was desperate. They could not score.

So desperate they tried the fake field goal. Those usually fail like going up in flames. Not this time. Why did Slocum not have his team preparedf or a fake? Coaches should be paranoid always for these things.
Imagine if they WERE prepared for it, and the guy was covered, and Davon House crushed Jon Ryan instead of blindly trying to go after the kicker.
Seattle fan would have booed, and the Hawk would have hung their heads in desperation. Pathetic. 
But nope, it not only worked for a first down, it worked for a touchdown and 16-7 score now instead of 16-0 still.

Despite that, it was still 19-7 with 5:04 left when Morgan Burnett pick-6'd Russell Wilson to seal the game at 26-7 and punch the Packers Super Bowl ticket. Oh wait, Peppers put the "No Mas" Stop Sign up and Burnett slid down to the ground to make sure he didn't fumble. Now that is a brilliant, smart move - IF there is just a minute to go. But not over five minutes.

I suppose Peppers figured that with the MVP, Aaron Rodgers, that the Packers offense might actually get a first down or two and Ice the game. Sadly, Coach McCarthy didn’t want to risk a possible interception so he just kept calling conservative runs against 8, 9, 10-man fronts. McCarthy blames “execution” for the failed runs apparently, thinking that three guys should be able to open up a hole against five guys.

You know how the Packers loaded up the box in overtime to stop Marshawn Lynch, and it allowed the two inferior Seahawk WR’s to beat both Casey Hayward and then Tramon Williams for back-to-back 35 yard passes? The Packers chose to keep running on those situations, even with the MVP QB and better WRs than Seattle has.

Perhaps McCarthy didn’t trust Rodgers, who already had missed an easy touchdown pass to Nelson earlier, and who had thrown two awful interceptions, both in field goal range. Rodgers played no better than we saw from Matt Flynn many times last year.

I do not blame Tramon at all. That coverage was good, he had no help, and the pass was perfect. It goes to show you that if given a chance, a guy can make up for a lot of ills by coming up with a good play late in the game.

This is true for Russell Wilson.

And it would have been true for the Packers too had Brandon Bostick not made both a mental error and a physical error.

Number one, his assignment (his job) was to crush/block a Seahawk. In this case, it was Matthews for Seattle. All the other guys did their jobs there. Not Bostick. He wanted to make the catch, be the hero. Heck, my son could have caught that ball and he’s only 11. I would expect my son to catch that.

Bostick is a paid NFL player, supposed to have good hands. And he dropped it.

Had he just A) caught it, or B) let Jordy catch it, the Packers would have been able to run the clock down to about 45 seconds and punt. That would have been the worst case scenario. It’d doubtful the Packers would have gained a first down with McCarthy’s playcalling.

Still, with only 40 or so seconds and no timeouts left, Seattle would have really really needed a special miracle to score. But they could have, knowing what the Packers playoff history is like, and what already happened in this game. Still, they would have had to go 80-95 yards, depending on how Masthay’s punt was.
< Brandon Bostick's job was to go forward and block #13 Matthews. Had he done that, it would have given #87 Jordy Nelson an easy catch to essentially seal the deal and punch the Packers ticket to the Super Bowl. But it's worse than that. Of course it was an easy catch that he should have had. But check it out. Had it bounced ANY other direction but that way, the Packers would most likely have had the rebound. Boykin was to the left. Rodgers was to the right. Jordy was behind him. Horrible mental play. Horrible physical play missing the ball. And bad luck.