Cold weather? No problem.
Green Bay lost for the fourth consecutive time to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday evening in the freezing tundra of Lambeau Field. Another early exit for the Packers, and another disappointing season. But let’s think here, this season actually was much different compared to others, right? For the first time since 2010, the Packers weren’t really expected to go deep into the post-season, and that’s something the fan base in Wisconsin isn’t really used too.
In case you haven’t noticed, Colin Kaepernick loves playing the Packers. Kaepernick had 227 yards passing, 98 rushing and one touchdown on Sunday. The 98 yards on the ground were a season-high for the Wisconsin native. In three wins against the Packers the last two seasons, Kaepernick has totaled 1,201 total yards.
Green Bay had their chances to win this game and anybody who watched it knows how great of a game this was regardless of the outcome. A near interception by Micah Hyde would’ve changed the game drastically. But ultimately, San Fran put together a 14 play, 65-yard drive that helped Phil Dawson seal the deal. Mike McCarthy after the game said, “We were one play away.” That dropped interception from Hyde could’ve been that play, but it wasn’t.
But now the Packers head into the off-season with undoubtedly the most question marks among any other team in the NFC North. Sam Shields, -- who left the game Sunday in the first quarter with a knee injury – will be a free agent. Ted Thompson and others will need to determine if Shields is worth his asking price. Receiver James Jones, fullback John Kuhn and defensive tackle B.J. Raji will also be included in Green Bay’s concerns. Here is the full list of free agents for the Packers this coming off-season. And of course, the mega question surrounding the status of defensive coordinator Dom Capers for next season will loom.
In the end, Green Bay had a great season and it turned out better than a lot of fans expected. The fact that they still managed to win the NFC North not only proved how bad everyone else in the division was, but also how hard this team competes. They went a lot further than everyone else expected, which is another reason this loss stung more than usual.
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