Jamari Lattimore

Green Bay Packers' Lattimore, Jolly lead the halftime emotional surge

Green Bay Packers Nation had a bitter taste heading into halftime trailing 26-3 in Sunday’s incredible game at AT&T Stadium Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers jogged into the locker room down, but not out. Last week the Packers were in a similar situation. Coach Mike McCarthy’s halftime message was:

“It’s lonely being a warrior.”

The Packers came back on the field to overcome  an 11-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons.

This week, they pulled a similar maneuver on the Dallas Cowboys. Mike McCarthy knew his team was at greater odds of achieving victory being down 23 points. Knowing his recent Packer’s history, he told his players:

“This is the biggest adversity situation in our time here.”

As the team split into their offensive and defensive huddles for halftime adjustments one player was heard though out the entire locker room. Jamari Lattimore, normally a soft-spoken player, stood up and gave an emotional rant that helped salvage the season.

“Jamari really spoke from the heart, got real emotional,” B.J. Raji said. “I think the guys really felt him on that. I think the guys really felt him on that. I think everybody talks their own way. But those guys stand out.”

Johnny Jolly, who was injured early on in the Packers 37-36 win over the Dallas Cowboys, gave an impassioned speech to the defensive unit at halftime Sunday. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Mike Daniels joined in with a description of the scene:

“Jamari’s very passionate about what he does. I’m thankful he’s on my side. Everything he said, nothing was in vain. He meant every word. It was just, Let’s go. Let’s go. The thing with him is he truly meant it. We feed off that energy.”

Johnny Jolly was also jarring in the defensive room telling the team to keep fighting. Lattimore and Jolly were so adamant with their messages, that it carried to where the offense was stationed.

Eddie Lacy reflects:

“We’re more the quiet side, but we definitely could hear what he was saying on the other side. And we took what we heard as if he was talking to us even though he was on the other side.”

Had it not been for Lattimore and Jolly, the Packers may not have found the emotional surge they needed to overcome such a deficit.

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