Analysis: Heroes in Opposite Uniforms
By By Jay Sorgi
Next game: Sunday, September 21 vs. Dallas
On a day when the Green Bay Packers took themselves, the Lions, their fans and nearly every stomach in the state of Wisconsin on a roller coaster ride that made them all want to throw up their lunch, the Packers found two heroes in the final four minutes to bring things back to relative normalcy in their 48-25 win:
Brandon Jackson and Jon Kitna.
Never have the Packers had two better friends in opposite colored shirts in a freaky forty-point fourth quarter.
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The Packers had just produced a field goal to give them a 27-25 lead midway through the fourth when Kitna provided his first piece of heroism - a pick right to Charles Woodson.
That led to Brandon Jackson and his hero moments.
One was a 12-yard dash that was the third 1st down that he produced on the ground in a game where Ryan Grant was rendered ineffective, partially by injury.
The second was a 19-yard cut and sprint to the end zone that took the Packers into serious breathing room with a 34-25 lead.
That was with 5:10 left.
No Packers offensive players had to make a gain for the rest of the game, because Jon Kitna handed the game to the defense.
The folks at the Elias Sports Bureau will have to do a record check to find the last time someone threw two pick 6's in 22 seconds.
3:31 left: Kitna airmails one to Charles Woodson who returns one for a score that makes it 41-25.
3:09 left: Kitna discovered, sadly to his perspective, that footballs he threw suddenly got magnetized toward objects wearing green and gold. Nick Collins. Pick Six. Lights out at Ford Field.
Two heroes in opposite colors in the final four minutes.
Never have Packers fans loved someone wearing Honolulu blue before so much.