Halleluiah Mary: What a Week
By Amy Lignor
Perhaps there was Christmas magic in the air this Thursday night when yet another week of the NFL season began. The Green Bay Packers needed a win in Detroit, after losing games to teams that haven’t beaten them in what seems like forever. Not to mention, they needed this one because they would have to watch the Minnesota Vikings pull away from them and truly take over the division if they did not, leaving Green Bay to wonder if even a chance at a wild card spot would be a possibility. So, what happens? Well, they played like a phantom grade school team for the first half, allowing the Detroit Lions to look as talented as the Panthers or the Patriots. However, the game is four quarters and Green Bay (working with some sort of guardian angel) decided when half of the third quarter was over that they would play. But with nothing left, no time, one play, they…failed? Nope. Rodgers’ facemask was pulled, the Packers get one more shot, one more second, and the whole football fan world watched QB Aaron Rodgers send the ball flying – arching in the air for over 60 yards; a Hail Mary that couldn’t possibly be made. Except it was. The party looked like the Super Bowl, as Rodgers threw to Rodgers and the Pack came back! Can they continue on this massive high? We shall have to wait and see until Dec. 13th when they go up against the frightening (just kidding) Dallas Cowboys.
When speaking of Green Bay, you have to speak about the Vikings. This week they met up with QB Wilson and the Seahawks. The Vikings are battling to win their division over Green Bay (the end game for their season is Green Bay on January 3rd) and do not want it to come down to the wire. False penalties aided Seattle. (Perhaps refs should start sending in resumes now, because THIS is ridiculous.) However, the refs were right about some. At one point the Vikings were even looking at a first down and almost FORTY. Should have been called a flag football game, if you ask me. Fox Sports even decided to switch some viewers to the 49ers/Bears game because, frankly, the blowout by Seattle was boring.
Was Fox Sports right? You bet they were. The 49ers/Bears game was a game that was continuously tied. Nearing the end, QB for the 49rs (and not Kap, which is still wrong), scored a TD. ONLY to have the Bears march down the field, run off the clock, and see their FG kicker MISS. Game went into OT and the 49ers (believe it or not) won the game! All we need is a full season more of those wins, and a coach that does not stand on the sideline with his mouth open as if wondering where he is all the time.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton joined Peyton Manning in QB stats – achieving over 3,000 passing yards in his first five seasons. In other words, it’s time to start talking about him again and dumping the subject of the Cowboys. Not to mention, calling out for QB Manziel every five minutes. Although, seeing as that the Bengals slaughtered the Browns, you can see why the Browns’ fans are not about to stop yelling for “Johnny Football” to at least get a chance.
Atlanta Falcons versus the Bucs: A close game throughout but the interesting factor just wasn’t there. What the game did give fans was an Atlanta loss, which caused all Carolina Panthers fans to dance like their QB because they clinched the NFC South.
Cardinals versus the Rams. This was an easy one to pick. QB Carson Palmer of the Cardinals should be MVP this year, and Sunday he kept right on rolling over teams. Much like the Bengals and Andy Dalton, these Cardinals take a backseat when the “dancing” QB of the undefeated Panthers or the Denver QB controversy comes into play. It’s about time to talk about the Cardinals because Arizona is going to be in the big show.
Going to the NFC “Least,” the NY Giants faced the NY Jets. Giants are great (Manning and Beckham, Jr. are) and this was a good one. The Jets really did not want to roll over. The Giants knew this is one they had to have considering the Jets have not beaten them since 1993 and losing to them would look horrific to the fans. But the Jets did send the game into overtime and…won. Perhaps the Jets are hoping that the Patriots will suddenly just turn tail and give up. I wouldn’t count on that, but what I would count on is the NY Giants firing individuals when this season comes to a close.
The most emotional moment this Sunday came when the survivors of Pearl Harbor were honored on Fox Sports. I speak for all by saying that we do appreciate all you do – past and present. You are amazing individuals, and we thank you and your families for giving up so much to protect this country and aid this world.