There was a blip in the excitement level yesterday when Green Bay Packers injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers practiced for the first time in pads, but that hip-hip-hooray went by the wayside this afternoon when Rodgers was declared out.
No doubt, the Atlanta Falcons are breathing a sigh of relief, while Packers officials and fans are once again frustrated that Rodgers isn’t able to play.
It wasn’t a huge surprise as we all pretty much knew what was coming down the pike. It was either today or tomorrow that the word was to come down from on high.
Given the conservative nature of the Packers medical personnel, the fact that they kept reiterating that he wouldn’t be cleared until the scans met their criteria, and the fact that Rodgers hadn’t taken any snaps with the starting offense pretty much sealed the deal.
So, it’s back to Matt Flynn, the guy who nearly led the team to victory against the Minnesota Vikings and the same guy who seemed lost and overwhelmed when the Packers were defeated handily by the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day.
Packers fans can only hope that Flynn is as good as he was against the Vikings when the team takes the field on Sunday. He’s certainly got to be better than he was when he couldn’t complete a pass to save his life against the Lions.
With the 3-9, eliminated-from-the-playoffs Atlanta Falcons coming into Lambeau Field Sunday one would think that Flynn should be able to be somewhere in between his last two games … but will that be enough to bring about a much-needed victory?
We can only hope.
The Packers future will be relying not only on his arm, but on a sluggish, if not pathetic defense, to step up and control the Falcons. The team’s playoff hopes hinge on both the offense (to score points) and the defense (to stop the run and control the pass).
It will certainly be another interesting outing for the Packers and their fans.
If the Packers win, it might make the re-emergence of Rodgers the final three weeks of the season that much more intriguing.