And here… is where the magic runs out. 🙁

However, back in January, I was nervous, yet optimistic about this game. Sure, the Falcons were on fire, but so were we after that miracle win in Dallas. Right? RIGHT??? Exhibit A: my dad texting me before the game.

Dad, always the optimist. Until Matt Ryan throws 3 touchdowns against us. Then the angry swearing starts.

Dad, always the optimist. Until Matt Ryan throws 3 touchdowns against us. Then the angry swearing starts.

So I had hope. Buuuuut that hope quickly disappeared, as – you remember what happened – the Packers ended up losing this one 44-21. The Falcons jumped ahead of the Packers by a whopping 31 points before the Pack even put any of their own points up. The Green Bay offense only registered three touchdowns, one each from Jared Cook, Davante Adams, and a still-injured Jordy Nelson. The offense also had a lot of costly drops, and Ripkowski had a costly end-zone fumble. Overall, Aaron Rodgers and his squad on the offensive side of the ball just couldn’t get it done.

So here we are, in the first half, getting completely spanked. And now, a glimpse into the Martino family group chat.

Spoiler alert: The taquitos did not help.

Spoiler alert: The taquitos did not help.

The defense was so bad that there are actually no words in the English language to describe it.

I mean, that’s pretty much true. The secondary had SO many whiffed chances for picks, and they just never executed. Injuries obviously didn’t help, as was the case all season. Matt freakin’ Ryan ran in a touchdown against our defense, as well. Needless to say, this defense’s inability to perform had many Packer fans calling for Dom Capers’ head. And Ted Thompson’s. And Mike McCarthy’s……..

So, that’s where the Packers’ season ended. It was an insane ride that ended in heartbreaking fashion. As usual, am I right?

My next post will be a wrap-up of sorts. It’ll detail what we need to do better and heck, maybe there’ll even be a little draft preview. We’ll see. . .

I’ll start this post with a cool story related to this game… my cousin, a die-hard Packer fan, is in the Army, and he had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan a few days prior to the divisional game. His wife managed to snag tickets to the game at AT&T Stadium. They got on the news and everything, they had a great time, and damn… did they witness a hell of a game.

After making an impressive comeback against the Giants in the Wild Card round, the Packers made it to the divisonal round. The admittedly-intimidating Dallas Cowboys were looking to be a tough matchup, but I had hope going into the game. Along with, you know, the ridiculous nervousness that usually comes with these sorts of things.

Both offenses competed furiously against each other in this matchup. Aaron Rodgers threw for 355 yards, while hot-shot Dallas QB Dak Prescott threw for 302. Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott had many successful runs, but Ty Montgomery and Aaron Ripkowski matched that. Dallas’ receivers got the ball down the field fast, and so did the Packers. However, nothing could compare to that catch from Jared Cook at the end of the game. You know the one.

Speaking of pain and anxiety, that’s where the defense comes in. Heh. The Packers’ defense was not the best in this game, and considering that, it’s kind of a miracle that we won this one. I distinctly remember screaming “WHY ARE WE NOT COVERING JASON WITTEN?!” at my TV at one point. There were dead spots and blown coverages all over the place. Luckily, they held it together enough, but they were pushing it. We all remember how this game ended. Dallas ties it up with 35 seconds left in the game, and the Packers get a chance to score, with Mason Crosby kicking the game-winning field goal.

And now, my descent into insanity in the five-minute-or-so span that Crosby kicked the FG.

Yeah. I deleted a lot of tweets that day. I was a hot mess.

So, of course, this means we’re headed to the NFC Championship game, against the Atlanta Falcons, who are on fire. We ran the table this far… could we do it in Atlanta?

PLAYOFF TIME! With last week’s NFC North-clinching win against Detroit, the Packers were playoff bound, and they faced the New York Football Giants in the Wild Card round. After a pretty dead-looking first half, Packer fans starting thinking we’d be one and done. However, the Packers rallied and beat the Giants, 38-13. So let’s take a look back, shall we?

The first half of the game was just straight-up disappointing. Five out of seven offensive drives ended in punts for the Packers. The offense looked disjointed and confused. The defense actually held together pretty well, however. The Giants’ only two scores in the first half were field goals, though, so there’s that, at least.

Yes, the above tweet is true. At one point the Packers had only LOST yardage. I was beginning to think we’d go one and done, until a speedy touchdown drive from Davante Adams gave me some hope. I had even MORE hope when Aaron Freaking Rodgers did what he does best as time ran out on the first half.

Aaron Rodgers. With NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE.

That was the spark that the Packers needed to get going. In the second half, the offense got it together. In total, Aaron Rodgers threw for 362 yards and four TDs. Three of those TDs were to Randall Cobb, undoubtedly this game’s star player.

The defense actually did a great job holding back the likes of Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz, and Tavarres King. Clay Matthews also had an impressive fumble recovery.

The Packers continued their unprecedented “table run” with their Wild Card victory. Next week, the Packers take on the formidable Dallas Cowboys in the divisonal round.

Oh, yeah, and this was the game that Odell Beckham punched a hole in the wall at Lambeau. Gonna go ahead and dump a bunch of tweets about this here.