Packers Pixels: 10 Things You May Have Missed From the Falcons Game

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Andrew Quarless

Andrew Quarless

The Green Bay Packers scraped out a narrow victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Here are 10 things you may have missed from the broadcast.

1. Pro Picks, No Picks

The Fox NFL pregame didn’t even think this matchup was worthy of their selections. No one was asked to provide a prediction on the game and therefore, no one did. In fact, it almost seemed as if the Fox studio talent was going out of their way to NOT talk about this matchup on any level. I can’t say that I blame them. This game offered about as much intrigue as a toilet brush.

2. Rob Riggle is must see TV

Do I need to even elaborate on this? This guy is freaking hilarious and I truly admire how he comes up with unique stuff every week. Seriously, if you’re not going out of your way to see Riggle do his thing every Sunday then you’re truly missing out. This week’s skit revolved around a NFL help line and featured a cameo by Dr. Phil.

Good stuff.

3. One happy field

Did you see the montage of how they thaw out the tundra on game days?

Well, first they throw this big thick tarp over it. Then they sort of prop the tarp up enough to bring in these big space heaters that look more like jet engines. Then they turn on the jets and blast that sucker with nice warm air to keep it all nice and toasty.

Now, if only I could invent something similar for Wisconsin beds for those cold winter nights. Can you imagine me pitching that on ‘Shark Tank’?

“So yeah… it’s like a blowtorch that runs through this complex coiling system and keeps everything under the blankets nice and warm.”

“But isn’t that dangerous? Won’t the blankets catch fire?”

“Hmm. Yeah. Maybe. But it WILL keep you warm up to, and to the conclusion of your fiery death. So who wants in?”

4. Packers defer… Amen

Glad to see the Packers staff got my memo on this last time.

Defer. Defer. Defer. Defer.

5. Mike Smith is conservative. Also, water is wet.

The Falcons were in the process of completely deflating any hopes the Packers had of destroying the lowly team from Atlanta. In sub-zero temperatures and in the face of a boisterous Packers crowd, the Falcons were methodical in their first drive. They picked up first down after first down while marching into Packers’ territory with little resistance.

After keeping Green Bay’s porous defense on the field for a whopping six minutes, the Falcons were faced with a tough 4th and 2 decision from the Green Bay 35.

Except is wasn’t a tough decision at all. It was 4th and 2 from the Packers’ 35-yard line on the opening drive of the game. The freaking 35! You’re a 3-9 team, you just put together a six-minute opening drive after your opponent deferred to give you the ball and you’re going to punt from their 35 facing 4th and 2?



6. Return of the slant

I’ve been so sick and tired of teams burning us with slant patterns over the past few weeks. I get that when it is executed properly it is damn near impossible to stop. What I was unable to “get” was why the Packers weren’t running more of them on the offensive side of the ball. Well, finally we got some this Sunday where the Falcons defended it about as poorly as the Packers did versus Megatron.

It’s about damn time!

7. The return of defending the slant

The Falcons ran a couple slants against Tramon Williams that were completed, but each time Williams exploded to the ball and made quick tackles for zero yards after the catch. Versus an undefendable route when thrown well, that’s pretty damn good.

Tramon has taken his share of shit from me over the past couple years, but he’s once again gaining my respect when I didn’t think that was possible. I was calling for his job not long ago and he’s well on his way to confirming what we all knew already: This writer doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.

8. Billick and Brennaman freeze their asses off

Did you see these guys? Funny stuff. Not only do teams not want to come play in Green Bay during the wintertime, I doubt the broadcasters do either. There was a great shot of Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman on air wearing ski mask type clothing and stocking caps. Both guys were obviously freezing and Billick apologized to his teenage daughter, who he knew would not approve of his extremely uncool look.

9. Big Sean… Big Bad Sean

Who’s that linebacker in the defensive secondary? You can’t help but notice big number 28 lurking back there. Sean Richardson might be exactly what the doctor ordered for this secondary. Have you ever seen someone back there for the Packers who would scare you should you theoretically have to go over the middle? I mean, a few years ago when tackling a guy who had just been thrown the football was legal… not today where you must let the guy catch it, do a soft-shoe number, curl himself into a protective ball… and THEN hit him.

Here’s how it breaks down according to the roster at

32 Banjo, Chris S 5-10 207 23 R Southern Methodist University
42 Burnett, Morgan S 6-1 209 24 4 Georgia Tech
43 Jennings, M.D. S 6-0 195 25 3 Arkansas State
28 Richardson, Sean S 6-2 216 23 2 Vanderbilt

Personally, I think Richardson looks even bigger than these numbers suggest. One thing is for certain… you notice him back there. I will patiently await for him to lay someone out, get a deserved 15-yard penalty, and put every wide receiver on notice that we’ve got a freight train back there just waiting to unload.

Sidenote: Sean Richardson is listed at 216. Aaron Rodgers is listed at 225. I don’t think in a million years that Rodgers weighs more than Richardson. No way in hell.

10. Packers Fans Need to Look in the Mirror

Booing at Lambeau Field?

Packers fans are part of the reason that Lambeau is not the home field advantage it used to be and should be now. The reason… we’re spoiled rotten. We don’t cheer. We don’t bring the menace that the fans in Seattle and Kansas City bring. We think our team doesn’t need it.

They do. Store it up and bring it two Sundays from now when Pittsburgh rolls into town. It very well could make the difference.

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19 Comments on "Packers Pixels: 10 Things You May Have Missed From the Falcons Game"

  1. hate faux fans

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed Richardson back there, can’t wait to see what happens with him next week

  2. valpoPackers

    Kansas City has lost as many home games as we have this year. The Packers still have statistically one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. From 2008-2012 they were 32-8, which was tied for 2nd, and only behind New England. They were 2nd to Baltimore in points against the spread. Admittedly, the crowd noise can be fairly quiet in an open bowl stadium, but hey, at least they’re still packing the place and staying to the end… did you see Gillette stadium at the end of the Patriots game? That thing was half empty. Not even going to mention Washington.

  3. DD

    Fans at Lambeau have been complacent the past few years, only getting loud on big plays. Our 12th man needs to step it up.

  4. PF4L

    I don’t know if you have been to a Packer game when the wind chill is below 0. I have on a few occasions, but it’s a lot to ask that the fans scream for 3 hours. I respect anyone who does go to those games, i wont do it anymore. Fuck that, too cold. :)

    As far as Tramon Williams.

    He’s had 4 picks, in his last 35 games. Hardly setting the NFL world on fire.

    He’s had 4 ff’s in 108 games. “Peanut” Tillman he isn’t.

    I won’t even mention “tackling” (Gulp).

    He has 8 passes defended this season. In a word “BAD”

    All this, for the low, low price of only $7. 6 million a year on contract average. Next season base and bonus $7.5 million with a cap hit of 9.5 million.

    Not exactly a good “ROI” (Return on Investment).

    In the words of a ESPN segment. “C’MON MAN!!

    • Phatgzus

      B-E-E-R; lots and lots of beer.

      Tramon has been are second best corner this year, and not just by default. He’s had 2 picks in his last 4 games or so and actually appears like he’s willing to tackle every now and then. Is he worth the contract (he’s actually making a little less tham $5M this year)? No, but I’ll take it over the last few years.

      • PF4L

        I think Tramon’s well aware his job is on the hot seat at his bloated salary. So he’s trying to step up citing the fact he doesn’t want to kiss his 7.5 mill away next season. I doubt a team gives him half that much on the free market.

        This season he’s receiving 6.6 mill according to spotrac. 6.2 according to rotoworld.

        Now. Yes, this season Tramon has had 2 picks, in 13 games (just to be real).

        You can’t measure a guys big contract, based on a stretch of 4 games, or 2 interceptions in 4 games. Not saying you are. But you have to look at his body of work the last few years, and the bottom line is, it’s a bad contract for the Packers.

        Tramon being our 2nd best corner, isn’t saying much. Especially when your pay him like a difference maker. Tramon hasn’t been a difference maker in 3 years.

        I really thought they were gonna let him go after last season, i think they would have if other players didnt have injury issues. I would have to think he’s gone after this season. We have others under cheaper rookie contracts, that in my opinion, could replace him without much talent drop off. I think TT has been drafting to replace him, i’d be shocked to see him next season.

      • PF4L

        For what’s its worth, 87 defensive backs in the league have more passes defended than Tramon Williams. 93 NFL players have as many, or more interceptions.

        I think this issue is a dead issue, Not unlike Tramons playmaking ability. Nuff said.

  5. Phatgzus

    Spot on with 10, if I ever get the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to Lambeau I won’t shut up the entire game including half-time, no matter the weather. That’s our Elysium Packers fans, let’s act like it.

    • Pack Morris

      A-frigging-men. I go to most games, and always want it to be way louder. Granted, it got pretty loud in the 4th quarter on Sunday, and it does get loud at key moments. But overall? Crank it up!

    • PF4L

      A football fan, any teams football fan, should attend at least one Packer game at Lambeau sometime in their lifetime. A must for a football fans bucket list.

  6. Nacho dan

    The problem is every teams fans want to see a game at lambeau cause they heard its so nice. And all the ass hats who keep there season tickets just to resell them every year. How bout #11 for the list Steven Jackson limping off the field after Johnny jolly gave him a helmet to the nuts. Upon review of the injury Brenneman says “I’ll leave that to you”

  7. Iltarion

    I was at the game, and we screamed during every 3rd down play. The speaker system is also almost obnoxiously loud now. It is like the fricking Metrodome.

    After every Packer first down, the announcer screams “PACKERS FIRST DOWN!!!” It is actually pretty annoying.

    They have also added some weird horn noise that sounds like the aliens in War of the Worlds. Not sure what is going on with that.

    Anyway, not sure what more we could do as fans. Either there are too many oldies sitting at the middle of the field or it is just the bowl design that limits the decibel level.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Hahaha….Your description put me there…

      Thats good shit.

      I hate when my team copies other teams…that horn is copied from the Patriots & 49ers lame-ass horn thing. Also, the Empire Star Wars music is stupid…

      I used to like when they did the “Go Pack Go” chant & also, the pre-game GREEN BAY…PACK-ERS! chant ala “We Are! Penn State!

      I also like the bell tolling when our defense is on the field (the Metallica bell from “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

  8. PF4L

    A season ticket holder in our section always brought a blow horn, and blew it on every 1st down, then we’d all stand up, and point our hands forward and yell “First Down!!

  9. Andrew Chitko

    I think the announcer, after every GB first down says, “And that’s a Green Bay Packers…,” to which the crowd yells…FIRST DOWN!

    I can’t stand it. I think it’s idiotic. Now if they wanted to fix it and make it better, they should only do that when the conversion comes on 3rd and 4th down. That’s when a first down is worth yelling about.

    My grandfather has lived in GB his whole life. He’s now in his 80’s but is far from what I would call an old fuddy duddy. He is extremely sharp. Anyway, he stopped attending games live because the experience at Lambeau has gotten to be so obnoxious that football has become second fiddle to loud music and stupidity from the public address system.

    I get that times change and people expect a certain experience, but I’m of the opinion that Lambeau doesn’t need all that bullshit. Football should be the primary focus to the extreme that my grandfather who has supported this team forever can enjoy.

    Packers officials need to make Sunday football the focus of the day…not all the bells and whistles.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      Still nothing is worse than the ViQueens norse horn or the Gaylord Denver Broncos yelling IN-COM-PLETE every fucking time the opponent throws an incomplete pass….

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