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Packers Punch Themselves Repeatedly in Face in 17-20 Loss!

Mistakes, mistakes and more mistakes! Holy Cow!

The Packers set a franchise record, with 18 penalties in their 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears. That tops the 17 penalties the Packers committed way back on Oct. 21, 1945, against the Boston Yanks. The 152 yards in penalties on Monday night rank as the third most in a game in team history, topped only by the Monday night game against Baltimore last year (175) and the aforementioned Boston Yanks contest (184). The Packers let this one get away despite outgaining the Bears by more than 100 yards (379-276) and possessing the ball for 11 ½ minutes longer (35:49 to 24:11).

The Bears Robbie Gould won it for the Bears with a 19-yard field goal with 4 seconds left. Chicago is 3-0 and alone atop the NFC North. And my Packers fell to 2-1. Dull. That first loss always stings a little, but I think it will help us in the long run. We will remember this game and learn from it, during the rest of this long season, at least I hope and pray.

All is not really all lost, we actually had some good points in the game. But at the moment, I am only thinking of one and that would be the play of the MVP of the game Aaron Rodgers, who played a heck of a game, he completed 34 of 45 passes for 316 yards and one score (his INT was an up for grabs before the half throw). Rodgers completed 75% of his passes, nice job.

I am so impressed with his calm and always seemingly under control manner. His leadership on the field is so amazing, his confidence is climbing and the players know he will help them win at all cost and without any costly turnovers in the red zone. I just feel relaxed and know he can win the game for us wherever the ball on the field is. I think the whole Packer Nation feels similar.

Some of the more costly mistakes were: 1. Mason Crosby’s 37-yard field goal try was blocked by Peppers. 2. Rookie linebacker Frank Zombo being called for roughing the passer. 3. Holding on Mark Tauscher that wiped out a Rodgers to Finley TD. 4. Rookie Burnett was called for pass interference, that was a 24-yard penalty late in the game. 5. Nick Collins personal foul after the runner was down and for throwing his mouthguard at a fan after the game, come on Nick control your temper, it is a long season. 6. James Jones losing a fumble on a hit by Urlacher in the final minutes, that one was huge, cause we were going to score and go home.

Here is what Coach McCarthy said; “We have to go watch this film and be very critical of ourselves, kick ourselves in the mouth, and come out and be very hungry for the next game.” My words Exactly! Let's Go and Tame Those Lions!

That's all I have to say about that.

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