Discussion on the Packers win over the Eagles
So, what did y'all think? I don't think Philly was as good down the stretch of the season as they were when we played and beat them. Vick didn't look like he was hitting on all cylinders, and DeSean Jackson was also hurting throughout the game. It also hurt them that Akers missed two field goals, which would have given the Eagles a one point win provided things didn't change dramatically down the stretch.
What are the repercussions from the Packers' victory on the rest of the NFC Playoff picture? Do any of you think that they will gain a small measure of revenge in the Divisional Playoff round against the Falcons? And, let's go ahead and jump ahead just a little bit: do we have more to fear out of playing the Packers than the Falcons? Is it about "six of one is a half dozen of the other"? Or, lastly, are the Falcons going to manhandle the Packers and we end up being on the menu down in Atlanta in two weeks?
Pretty much expected. Eagles have been on a slide for weeks now.
Their win over the Giants was pure luck. And I can't believe that they lost to the Vikings. I guess that's the NFL for you.
Originally Posted by Jimmors
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That's right Benji. And that's going to be the case for the Seahawks next weekend when they play us.
Originally Posted by The Benjamin
But Philly was nearly "invincible" when we played them. I still can't believe that they have fallen so much since then.
I think our margin of victory would have been much greater had McCarthy not done one of his usual 'your team is ahead, take your foot off the gas pedal' maneuvers. This is one of the only times he's done that this season (he's done it countless times in previous), but he couldn't have picked a worse time to start. We were ahead, the Eagle defense was reeling and we started becoming predictable with run run run punt (which has been all too common when the run has been successful for us this season, it almost seems as if McCarthy is trying to prove our run game doesn't suck by overdoing it when we're actually able to run the ball in a game).
Originally Posted by Dagan81
The repercussions of our victory? The bottom line is the Falcons are a very beatable team. We came within a last second FG of beating them in week 12. Will it be an easy game to win? Not unless the Falcons implode. The game can go either way, but if the Packers play the way they have the past few weeks combined with our new found run game I'm quite confident we can beat them. Should we fail, however, I'm pretty sure the Bears are capable of beating them as well.
As for the future, if it were me I'd rather play the Falcons than the Packers. With the Falcons, what you see is what you'll get. However, with the divisional matchup with the Packers we never really know what we're going to get. More than likely it will be another low scoring defensive battle with the winner being the one that makes the fewest mistakes.
Lastly, the Falcons didn't manhandle us in week 12, and I don't see that happening on Saturday either. I expect a close game most likely coming down to the final tick of the clock once again, possibly even overtime. If we get up on them, McCarthy needs to keep his foot on the gas pedal and not let up for even one drive because a team like the Falcons WILL make you pay for that.
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Originally Posted by Evernight
In a strange, bizarre way, despite the fact that I hate the Packers with every ounce of fiber within my soul, I want to play them again. I want to play them again because I want revenge for what I saw was a game that should have been won by the Bears in Week 17. Luckily, there was no consequence for losing to the Packers or I would be sitting here, calling for Lovie Smith's ouster as head coach. I tend to agree with you that I thought that Green Bay should have scored at least two more times to seal the deal in Philadelphia. Twenty-one points on the Philadelphia Eagles is hardly a safe bet that you're going to win; the Eagles made a furious comeback effort against the Bears back on November 28 that, had the game not been dominated for three quarters by Chicago, could have easily been a reversal of fortune and a win instead for Philadelphia. I was a little shocked that Mike McCarthy played it so conservatively; it reminds me of Johnny Majors back when he coached at Tennessee from 1977-1992. He would keep the foot on the accelerator for 2 1/2 to 3 quarters of play, only to sit on leads in the last quarter of the game, and I distinctly remember one game in 1992 at Neyland Stadium where he did this and it cost us the game on a last second field goal against Arkansas, and it resulted in us not getting to play Alabama the next week as two teams with undefeated, 6-0 records.
You are right - Mike McCarthy CANNOT afford to be conservative against the Falcons, or they will eat his lunch for him. I have a feeling that we are going to see a third Bears/Packers game in what will be the most meaningful game between the two in the history of the rivalry. I dare say that Mike Martz isn't going to pussyfoot around this time by going away from the run, and this time, he will run to set up the playaction pass. I know you are excited at the prospect of a third Bears/Packers match up, as am I. I will go ahead and make predictions for the Divisional Round right now:
Bears 34, Seahawks 13; Packers 24, Falcons 20. You heard it hear, Bears fans: Dagan81 is going to be a Packer Backer next week. I want the Packers so bad that I can taste it.
Last edited by Dagan81; 01-09-2011 at 10:29 PM.
Here's how crazy the NFC is right now:
Seahawks beat the Bears
Bears beat the Eagles
Eagles beat the Falcons
Falcons beat the Packers
Packers beat the Bears
Bears beat the Packers
Seahawks beat the Saints
Saints beat the Falcons
yeah...theres your parity for you. AFC is laughing their asses off at us.
The Eagles peaked too early while the Packers seem to be peaking at just the right time. Atlanta has been the most consistent team in the NFC this season, but they are far from world-beaters. It definitely helps the Falcons that they'll be playing the game in their own building (where they were almost unbeatable this season), but they have a little bit off "soft" in them IMO and the Bears and Packers are the 2 most physical teams remaining in the NFC.
The Packers stand a great chance of beating them (and I tend to think they will), but even if Atlanta does win, I like our chances against the Falcons...assuming we take care of Seattle, of course.
And Dagan...no way would I EVER admit to being a Packer Backer, but it sure would be nice to host the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field lol.
I think the Eagles were going to be beat, because they were beat up in key spots. Vick was not 100% nor was his key WR. They made a good effort and if not for two mistakes by a vetran kicker they would have won. There defense is not even close to the level defense as our's is and the Eagles kept it close. If Greenbay gets past the Falcons and we get past the Seahawks, the Bears have a strong chance of winning it all. But giving this year everything is a toss up. But I am sure the Bears will win and is ready for any team in the NFL. That includes the Pats or any other AFC team. I would rather see another AFC team in the SB just because I am tired of seeing the same AFC teams play, not because I think they will beat us. The Bears stay healthy and keep their heads in the game and no one can beat us. The Eagles were flat in the Vikings game and it just got worse with their health going down the drain. Give a healthy Vick and Jackson and the Packers would be home right now and we would be facing them this weekend. But, that is the NFL.
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