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Did you give up on the Packers too soon Sunday?

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Greg Peck
Monday, December 16, 2013

Who WAS that guy wearing No. 10 over center for the Green Bay Packers in the second half Sunday? More important, who WERE those guys playing defense for the green and gold? It's hard to imagine a more Jekyll-and-Hyde performance, and Green Bay's rally to victory from a 26-3 halftime deficit tied the franchise record for biggest comeback win.

I was disgusted before halftime. I was expecting Coach Mike McCarthy to switch to third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien at the half—if not before. Matt Flynn looked pathetic out there, like a kid trying to play a professional game. So I got busy doing basement computer work at halftime, and it was already the fourth quarter when I went back upstairs and found that my wife, Cheryl, had switched to some other TV show and was chatting with a friend on the phone. I switched back to the Packer game and couldn't believe that Green Bay only trailed 29-24. Cheryl ended her phone call, and soon Dallas scored another touchdown. We were taping the game on AT&T Uverse, so we agreed to back up and watch the entire second half—skipping through commercials—to see how Green Bay got back in the game. We sped past that final Dallas touchdown drive, then watched in amazement as Flynn led the Pack to another score, Sam Shields made an amazing interception, and Flynn again was leading the team to what could be a go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game.

Then Cheryl and I ran into a problem. The recording time ran out. Because the game was already over, we couldn't switch to live TV to see what was happening. Usually, I try to add minutes to the recording time of any game we want to watch later, but we'd failed to do that this time. I quickly flipped on WCLO, and McCarthy was obviously talking about a great comeback victory.

No worries; Cheryl and I soon saw Eddie Lacy's go-ahead touchdown plunge (with two defensive linemen leading the blocking ahead of him), the interception by Tramon Williams that sealed the deal for the Packers, and the spectacle of poor sport Dez Bryant, who had a spectacular receiving day for Dallas, heading to the locker room even before Green Bay ran out the clock.

It was a victory for the ages and one that buoys Packer fans, who hope Aaron Rodgers can return from his collarbone injury this week and lead the Packers into the playoffs. After Sunday's improbable rally, maybe the Packers can salvage something out of an otherwise sad-sack, injury-plagued season.

Be honest now. Did you stick it out and watch the entire game Sunday, or did you turn it off early?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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