The Packers took the field trailing 7-0. With the wind in their face, the crowd noise buzzing in their ears they stood right in the face of adversity. And on the fourth play from scrimmage Aaron Rodgers threw a perfect 61-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson.
It was a great play, it silenced the crowd, and it made us wonder, is Rodgers about to enter “the zone?”
The next possession the Packers then forced a 3 and out, and it really seemed like momentum was in the Packers favor. They looked like a team ready to make a statement.
But like any story with a great villain the likes of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, or the New York Football Giants … it wasn’t going to be that easy.
The Packers got the ball back and began their march right toward the Giants end zone. With every play, they systematically got closer and closer.
Then all the sudden on a desperate shoelace tackle by Chris Canty the drive stalled. With it being fourth and 5 from the New York 37, Coach McCarthy did the unthinkable, he sent Mason Crosby to try a 55-yard field goal.
What?! No!! What is McCarthy thinking?
A struggling kicker, trying a 55-yard field goal in one of the most windy stadiums in the NFL? This could only end one way, badly.
As that kick sailed to its almost certain destination, left of the goal post and no good. You could feel the momentum switch in the blink of an eye.
The Giants started at the 45 yard line, scored fairly easily, and it was the beginning of the end for the Green Bay Packers.
What would follow was maybe the worst three quarters of football the McCarthy/Rodgers era has ever produced. In the end they lost by four touchdowns. Rodgers and the Packers walked off the field dejected, frustrated, and embarrassed, much like the last time these two teams met.
Going forward McCarthy, Rodgers, and company will say all the right things. They will talk about how they have already put this game behind them and are now focusing on this Sunday against the Vikings.
While they may be focusing on the Vikings, it is much tougher to simply put a performance like this behind them.
This type of loss tends to stay with you. It may not show up next game or the game after that, but at some point they will face adversity much like they did last night in New York.
What will they do?
Will they self-destruct and feel sorry for themselves or will they stand up and fight, like they have so many other times in the past?
Time will tell.