Larrivee: Packers' resiliency against Atlanta puts them back in playoff hunt
Eddie Lacy. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Green Bay Packers appeared to take two very different trips to the locker room during their 22-21 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The first-half trip was filled with boo-birds, angry at the kind of play that led them to fall two scores behind at halftime.
"That horrible play where the ball was deflected twice, went off the shoe of the middle linebacker, intercepted for a touchdown...all of a sudden, the Packers were down 21-10 at halftime...yet they came back," said 620WTMJ's Voice of the Packers Wayne Larrivee.
The second trip went much better after that comeback, where quarterback Matt Flynn directed three scoring drives including the game-winner in the 4th quarter that helped put the Packers just a half-game behind the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.
"We thought he drove the football better than he did a week ago, for whatever reason...he seemed to have a little more velocity on the ball, surprising," said Larrivee.
The other part of the comeback: the incredible defensive performance that kept Atlanta off the scoreboard.
"The defense pitching a shutout against an Atlanta team that was playing its best football," said Larrivee.
Special credit had to go to the man who created the final two defensive stops, a defensive back who has had his share of tough moments in his Packers career.
"Jarrett Bush, much maligned...this is one of the hardest workers on the football team. It was great to see him step up and make not one, but two plays...those were key."
The biggest key going into the next game Sunday against the Cowboys, of course, is the health of a certain No. 12 and his broken collarbone.
"Aaron Rodgers' status, we don't know what that's going to be...if they can get Aaron back, that would be a huge boost."