Giants 37, Packers 20
Larrivee: 'Off day' for offense, porous defense doomed Packers
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers were spending Monday going through the proverbial rubble of the 37-20 playoff loss to the New York Giants that shook their season and any possible belief that they were the team to beat going into the postseason.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Packers Radio Network voice Wayne Larrivee says the writing was on the wall for a possible upset if the offense failed like it did Sunday.
"You always knew that if you had an off day with that offense, and the defense played the way it has been playing, that you could be one and done," said Larrivee on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
The Packers unofficially dropped eight passes and allowed four turnovers while Aaron Rodgers did not have his typical accuracy that made him the favorite for National Football League MVP.
"I think the weight of the fumbles, the dropped passes really weighed on that offensive unit as it went on. This was a game from the offense, they weren't quite there, weren't quite on. The turnovers took their toll, and then the dropped passes. There were some plays that could have gone for touchdowns that might have changed the complexion of the game."
On the other side of the football, Larrivee says the Packers defense showed the same tendencies of allowing big plays that had hampered this team all year.
"The Giants converted what was two third down and fairly long situations into first downs. They moved in for a field goal. I just had a bad feeling about that. The Giants were going to move the ball," said Larrivee.
"The game really turned on the Hail Mary pass right before halftime. You just can't allow a completion like that in the end zone."
Additionally, the Packers secondary proved to be porous against Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who dominated Green Bay all day.
"(Nicks) was a man among boys in that secondary. He was attacking the football, and he was winning more often than not," said Larrivee.
So what's next in terms of personnel moves for the no-longer-defending Super Bowl champions?
"They need to get something going on defense. Must get another pass rusher, be it an outside linebacker or defensive end. You're going to need some help in the secondary, probably another cornerback."