Larrivee: Packers play 'so well through adversity'
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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers' 25-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons has been reflective of so much of the team's victorious experience in the last two seasons.
The entire ride to the Super Bowl championship during the 2010 season involved overcoming the odds - having 16 players on injured reserve, forced to win six consecutive games, including four of them in the playoffs away from Lambeau Field, along with the victory in Super Bowl XLV over Pittsburgh without stalwarts Charles Woodson and Donald Driver among others.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, Wayne Larrivee, marked on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" that Green Bay perhaps plays at its best when it has to step up to a challenge, much like the 14-0 deficit they faced against the Falcons Sunday night.
"This team plays so well through adversity. Sometimes, it takes adversity for this team to play its best. That's been the MO the last couple of seasons now," said Larrivee.
"Everyone knew going that the Falcons were going to deliver their best shot. This is the game they had pointed to....they had this game circled. It was an organizational thing from the top down. They played that way. They got off to the good start. It was a chippy ball game all night, and the Packers perservered."
Amazingly, the shot in the arm the Packers needed may have come from none other than their kicker, Mason Crosby.
A guy who normally doesn't see much action or get much punishment on the field went 4-for-4, including three field goals in a row with a 56-yarder near the end of the first half.
"No less of an authority than Aaron Rodgers mentioned that Crosby's 56-yard field goal really gave them an emotional lift," Larrivee told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek and Gene Mueller.
"They really seemed to ignite off of that."
Though tackle Chad Clifton was injured and left the game with a leg issue, Aaron Rodgers had enough pass protection to produce 396 passing yards and two scoring throws.
Much of the credit, according to Larrivee, belongs to young offensive tackles Marshall Newhouse and Derek Sherrod.
"They were pretty solid. Sherrod gave up a sack early in the ballgame, but I thought the two kids played very well. Marshall Newhouse had a nice training camp, earned his way on to the roster. He was very solid on the left side. Sherrod came into camp with a lot of high hopes for him, kind of struggled as they moved him from guard and then to guard, and then back to tackle again, but a kid who came in and was very solid against a fierce Atlanta (team) up front."