GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - For a game that began with 2 failed Packers challenges on the first 3 plays... it sure got better in a hurry. After giving up an opening score, the Packers scored 34 unanswered points as the defense stood its ground and even contributed its first defensive touchdown of the season in an inspired performance. The Packers are not dead yet at 4-7-1.
“It was a good game today,” said linebacker Clay Matthews. “That's really what it came down to. We made plays when we needed to and got a big win. Especially with all that happened today it was good to get a game to play, something to put all our effort toward. We made Matt Ryan uncomfortable.”
“I was like, man this is Green Bay football,” said rookie corner Jaire Alexander. “This is something I've been waiting to see since I got here. We did it today, and it was excellent.”
Bashaud Breeland's most excellent undercut of a Matt Ryan pass, led to a bodacious momentum swing and Green Bay never looked back.
“It was huge,” said safety Josh Jones. “We talked all week about creating turnovers, getting takeaways, and obviously we were due for an interception. That was a huge interception by Breeland.”
“It was a big moment for us on the defense,” Breeland said. “The guys was out there playing good the whole time. There were some questionable calls there early in the game.”
Yes, about that. Those catches couldn't have been bigger...for the home team.
“Those two Julio catches, called catches, got our fans into it,” receiver Randall Cobb said. “It gave us a little more energy. It was a lot of fun today.”
“Those weren't catches,” Matthews said. “I think they are trying to keep Julio, trying to let him lead the league in yards again. I mean you could tell, that first one especially clearly wasn't a catch.”
“I had enough big decisions to make during the course of the day, and I didn't want to have to make anymore,” interim coach Joe Philbin joked. “So I kind of got that out of the way. Plus the flag didn't fit in my pocket, I didn't know if it was going to fall out. No, I mean, the first one, I was surprised we didn't win it.”
Brash rookie corner Jaire Alexander won't be surprised though, if this type of performance becomes the Packers new norm moving forward.
“It should carry for sure.” Alexander said. “We seem to be headed in the right direction. It's definitely premature but we will definitely work to make a win streak.”
Coming into the week, the Packers knew winning out they would need 10 other games to go their way. Well they are halfway home already, 5 of the 10 in just one week. With 3 weeks to go, Things are not done yet.
If they win out now, the Packers only need Washington, Philadelphia, and Carolina to lose once more. The tricky part of the help needed would be to also have the Vikings/Seahawks loser Monday night lose 2 of its final 3 games.