Packers fans force Chargers to use silent count
It was listed on the schedule as a road game, but the Green Bay Packers matchup against the San Diego Chargers sounded, and looked, like a home game for the green and gold.
Reports indicate 25,000 - 30,000 Packers fans were inside QualComm Stadium on a rainy Sunday afternoon - a day where the weather more resembled a November day in Green Bay. You could have told me it was more like 40,000 and I would have believed it.
Chants of "Go Pack Go" could be heard loud and clear on the television broadcast, as could blasts of "Kuuuuuuuhn" every time Packers fullback John Kuhn touched the ball.
Perhaps most surprising to me was what could NOT be heard during the game. I'm speaking of the Chargers offensive signals. As they tried to tie the game late in the fourth quarter Sunday, the Chargers offense went to a silent count....at home.
The players most certainly took notice.
"The crowd was incredible," said Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "When we ran on the field the first time, the crowd was going crazy. When you're on the road, you're up by seven and it's late in the game, and they have to go on a silent count, that's pretty impressive. So I have to give a lot of credit to our fans. They travel well, and that says a lot about the kind of fans we have."
Packers Tight End, Jermichael Finley continued, "Today did feel like a home game. The Pack Nation showed their support here in [California]. It was crazy. It was just Lambeau in the West."
The San Diego media also took notice. An article in the San Diego Union Tribune titled, "It's tough to win on the road when you're at home," showcases the outrageous pro-Packers crowd. Click here to read the full article - and pay attention to the location line, it reads: GREEN BAY, Calif.