Update: Andrew Quarless is out for the season with a knee injury. James Starks will miss practice Wednesday with an ankle injury and Charles Woodson is on pace to play Sunday against Oakland after suffering a concussion against the Giants.
-The Packers are coming up on a full calendar year since they last tasted defeat. The Packers have now won 18 straight games dating back to Dec. 19th 2010 when they lost in New England to the Patriots. The NFL record for most consecutive games, including playoffs is held by the Patriots who did so from 2003-2004. The Packers are just the seventh team in NFL history to win 18 straight games.
-Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports said that he believes the Packers will meet the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
"Tom Brady’s done it a lot longer than Aaron Rodgers has," Esiason said on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning on WEEI in Boston. "If you just look at the body of work, I will tell you that Tom’s three Super Bowls still weigh heavily on his side. I’ll always look at those Super Bowls as saying that this will be one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played, especially if he can get to a fourth one. I still say it’s going to be New England and the Packers meeting up in Indianapolis. Obviously, only time will tell. Neither team has a great defense, by the way."
-According to those who keep track, Aaron Rodgers recorded his sixth career game-winning drive of his career Sunday. That stat doesn't necessarily indicate what happened in the other 33 games which he has won as a starting NFL QB.
Concerning the 5-play 68-yard 0:58 drive Rodgers had this to say after the game, via SI.com:
"We've had a number of games this year where we've won by a couple of scores and been kneeling down on the last possession of the game. But to get the ball on the 20, backed up under a minute, and get down there and get it to chip-shot field goal range is very special.''
-Mike McCarthy was asked about the drops by the Packers wide receivers Sunday.
"We dropped some passes today, but we caught them when it counted," the Packers coach explained.
"This wasn’t our best performance. A lot of points on the board. We had adversity football. And our offense stepped up and nailed it shut when we needed it. We were happy to get out of here with a win. We knew this was going to be a tough one, we talked about it all week coming in here. This is a class organization, this is a tough stage to play in. It was a tough game, I’m sure it was a fun game to watch."
Jermichael Finley had three dropped passes, and Greg Jennings also dropped a pass.
Both receivers bookended the Packers game-winning drive. Finley caught a 24-yard reception on the opening play and Jennings caught a pass for 18-yards which set up Mason Crosby's 30-yard field goal.
Rodgers wasn't happy about the drops.
"Drops are part of the game, they are going to happen, it’s just frustrating when they are having a direct impact on a drive. … I don’t know how many we officially had [Sunday], but more than is acceptable,” Rodgers said via Yahoo Sports.
Rodgers' passer rating of 106.2 was the first time it was below 110 this season. He finished with 369 yards passing 4 TDs, and interception and 28 of 46 completions.
-The New York Times has a piece titled "The Education of a quarterback". Greg Bishop profiles Rodgers ascent to "perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL"
A key point from the piece "Eventually, Rodgers focused less on learning the Packers’ offense and more on clarifying why defenses ran certain coverages, schemes or fronts. Now, when Rodgers drops back to pass, he does not look for his receivers. He looks for defenders, where they are, where they might move, what that means or could mean. Then he throws for receivers headed toward open space.."
-Mason Crosby had not made a game winning kick since Week 1 of the 2007 season prior to Sunday's game-winner.
-Injuries included James Starks with an ankle sprain, Charles Woodson with a concussion and Andrew Quarless with a significant knee sprain (Video of Quarless' injury can be seen here.) McCarthy noted that Qaurless' injury was "significant". Woodson suffered the concussion in the 4th quarter and his status will be determined this week. Sam Shields played for Woodson and likely would see time if Woodson can't go against Oakland next Sunday. Starks' injury is the same ankle he tweaked Nov. 20 against Tampa Bay.
-The Packers defense gave up 447 yards of total offense and the Giants averaged 7.3 yards per play on offense. The Giants gained 100 rushing yards on 20 carries.
-If you haven't seen it yet below is a video from Josh Sitton's correspondent segment on ESPN's Jim Rome is burning.
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