Green Bay Packers 2009 Season Review: Weeks 13-15
Posted on: February 5, 2010 2:37 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2010 2:42 pm
Week 13: Packers vs. Ravens; W 27-14; 8-4
Hosting the Ravens in week 13, the Pack opened their toughest three game stretch of the season. The Ravens had the third ranked defense in the league. In this game the Raven defense forced 3 turnovers on the Pack. However, the Packer defense forced 4 turnovers of their own. The half time score showed the Pack dominated the first half leading it 17-0. In the third quarter Baltimore scored 14 to get themselves back in the game as the 4th quarter started with the score 17-14. However, Aaron Rodgers' second TD throw to Jermichael Finley and an interception by A.J. Hawk the led to a Mason Crosby field goal with under two minutes to play shut the door on the Ravens comeback. Rodgers finished the game 26 of 40 for 263 yards, three touchdowns, two picks, and was sacked only once. Ryan Grant was held to 41 yards on 18 carries. Finley was the leading receiver with 7 grabs for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Clay Matthews led the with 5 tackles and two sacks. Now the Pack were 8-4. A month before they were sitting at 4-4 as it appeared their season was slipping away but a four game win streak had them sitting right in the middle of the playoff picture.
Week 14: Packers at Bears; W 21-14; 9-4
A rematch of the week 1 contest in which the Pack escaped with a win, the hot Pack now traveled to Chicago to face a struggling Bears team. In contrast to the week 1 game the Pack appeared they would run away with this one. The Pack forced a three and out on the Bears first drive and the very first play from scrimmage for the Pack, Grant took the hand off 62 yards for a touchdown! The Pack again raced to a 13-0 lead and led at the half 13-7. However, at the start of the fourth the Pack found themselves down one 14-13. Nick Collins would make the difference picking off Jay Cutler and taking it down to the 11 yard line. Grant would then punch it in from the 1 and Rodgers would hook up with Greg Jennings on the 2-point conversion to all but seal the game. Rodgers did very little going 16 of 24 for 180 yards and no TDs and was sacked 3 times. Grant was the one picking up the slack on offense carrying 20 times for 137 yards and two scores. Once again Finley was the main target getting 5 grabs for 70 yards. Both Rodgers and Finley also lost a fumble each. Atari Bigby and Tramon Williams led with 6 tackles. The defense also picked off Cutler twice. Now with a five game winning streak, the Pack were very confident and very hot. Their defense had been playing incredible during the last five games. Packer fans were once again excited about a likely playoff run.
Week 15: Packers at Steelers; L 36-37; 9-5
The Packers took a five game win streak into Heinz Field to face the Steelers who were in a must win situation just to stay in the playoff race. The two teams went back and forth the whole game. The first two scores of the game were big plays. Ben Roethlisberger threw a 60 yard TD to Mike Wallace and Aaron Rodgers responded with an 83 yard TD to Greg Jennings. At half time however the Pack trailed 14-21 and 14-24 to start the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter the Pack would take the lead 36-30 with 2:06 left. However, the Pack defense which struggled all game to slow Ben down allowed the Steelers to march down the field and with no time remaining Big Ben threw a game-winning touchdown to Mike Wallace. Rodgers was impeccable going 26 of 48 for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns and was sacked only once. He also ran in for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Ben was even better shredding the Packer D for 503 yards and 3 touchdowns. Grant was held to 8 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. Jennings led in reception yards with 118 yards and a score. Finley led with 9 receptions and a score. Nick Barnett led with 6 tackles and Matthews with 5 tackles and 2 sacks. A heartbreaking loss for the Pack, but it had no severe effect on their playoff race. The Pack just needed one win in their last two games to clinch a playoff spot.