Starks Raving Mad
McCarthy can't win a big game. Scratched off the list.
Rodgers can't win a playoff game. Scratched off the list.
The Packers are too one-dimensional to do anything in the postseason. Scratched off the list.
So what's next on the hater list? In the past few weeks the Packers proved they can win big games, they can win close games and what I've been saying all season: they can run the football when they choose to.
James Starks came up big time, 23 carries for 123 yards. Don't expect it week in and week out and in the long run Starks may likely never be more than a complementary back. But at least for a day the rookie looked like a feature back. Aaron Rodgers is still the trigger man in this offense. His numbers against Philadelphia were not great but thanks to Starks and a balanced attack, it didn't need to be. It's nice when you can take the pressure off Rodgers and Starks did that all day.
It's not often that the Packers can win with such a plodding offensive attack but this wild card game was an ugly one from start to finish. The Packers could've been aggressive at the end of the half but they weren't. There's no doubt the Packers benefitted from two missed field goals by David Akers but after a wild wild card weekend everyone has to be aware that strange things happen in the playoffs. A win is a win, ugly or not.
Defensively the Packers did what they needed to do to keep Michael Vick off balance. LeSean McCoy was never allowed to get off the ground, so to speak, and DeSean Jackson was held in check though it certainly helped that he got dinged up in the first half. And again when it came to making a big play the Packers forced a turnover with the game on the line.
In the playoffs, it doesn't have to be pretty and we've said all year, just get into the postseason and who knows what can happen. Now, on to Atlanta.