Revisiting the chaos and excitement of the Packers 2021 season, including three of the season’s craziest matchups and how they finished up.
The Green Bay Packers are coming off a season in which they had the best record in the league and a lot of exciting games. Although the season didn’t end the way most fans hoped, the team still entertained all fans to the fullest. As we enter the 2022-23 NFL Season, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of the craziest and most exciting games the green and gold starred in.
Some games the team played very well all the way through, and some took years off people’s lives. But win or lose, the cheese heads were right there cheering the team on. Let’s look back to last season at three of the craziest games Green Bay played.
Three: Week 11 – Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
The only loss on this list, this matchup, was one for the ages. Aaron Rodgers was at his best throwing for over 380 yards and four touchdown passes. After digging themselves into a 16-3 hole, Rodgers led a quick touchdown drive before halftime to cut the deficit to six. Down 23-10 early in the second half, Rodgers found Adams twice in the endzone to give Green Bay a 24-23 lead, their first since early in the first quarter.
Minnesota looked very close to victory after Justin Jefferson’s touchdown reception and Dalvin Cook’s two-point conversion run put them up by seven. It took less than nine seconds for the Packers to strike back as speedy Valdes-Scantling took his catch to the house 75-yards. What hurt the most was when safety Darnell Savage picked off Kirk Cousins shortly after but was overturned by officials. The Vikings would drive down field and kick a game-winning field goal.
Although this game was a heartbreaker and ultimately missed turnovers cost Green Bay, it was one of the better matchups in this rivalry and a lot of offense in this close game.
Two: Week Five – Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals
As NFL fans were finding out that the Bengals were good this year, the young team took on the Green Bay Packers in what possibly took many years off fans’ lives. From a scoreless and dull first quarter by Green Bay, to two touchdowns and a nine-point lead with less than 40 seconds to go in the first half, that was not close to the madness this game would ensue.
Burnt coverage on Ja’Marr Chase allowed the Bengals to strike right before half leaving Eric Stokes shocked. After Mason Crosby’s third field goal of the game, he gave the team an eight-point lead with less than four minutes to go. Joe Burrow and company would drive down 75 yards in 13 plays to tie up the game. Now here’s where the game got interesting.
A 57-yard run by Aaron Jones set up Green Bay deep in Bengals territory. In what looked to be an easy field goal turned to disaster as Crosby wasn’t able to make the 36-yard attempt. This led the Cincinnati offense to get into field goal range which led to Evan McPherson missing a 57-yard field goal. A nice 20-yard catch from Davante Adams set the Packers up in range and with no time left on the clock, Crosby missed again.
In overtime, Joe Burrow was picked off by linebacker De’Vondre Campbell which gave the Packers great field goal position. Another stop by the Bengals defense forced Crosby to try a 40-yard field goal, which sailed wide left and missed. Once again Cincinnati drove downfield and set up McPherson for a 49-yard field goal in which also went wide left.
On the final drive of this game, Rodgers found Mercedes Lewis for 20 yards and Randall Cobb for 15 yards to get just in reach for a field goal attempt. Instead of going for it on fourth and one, head coach Matt Lafleur held firm, sent Crosby out there and he finally made the 49-yard game-winning field goal.
One: Week 3 – Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
If only this was the playoff game. The Green Bay Packers headed back to Santa Clara, a place that haunts most Packers fans to this day, as the team has struggled a lot in Levi’s Stadium. Flashbacks included 2019 in which both blowout losses were there and Raheem Mostert ran all over the defense. This time would be different around for Green Bay.
Green Bay played a pretty good first quarter going up 10-0 and ultimately 17-0 before rookie quarterback Trey Lance entered the game for the purpose of running into the endzone on our goal line defense. The team wouldn’t score again until the fourth quarter, after the 49ers cut the lead to just four points.
A five minute 86-yard drive culminated in a touchdown pass from Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling which regained the ten-point lead for Green Bay. A defensive pass interference by Eric Stokes pushed San Francisco into Green Bay territory and rookie running back Trey Sermon’s touchdown made it a close game again. The green and gold were able to extend their lead once more, but George Kittle’s 39-yard reception pushed the 49ers into field goal range with just over two minutes to go.
All hope looked to be lost as the 49ers scored a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game and took a 28-27 lead. Kyle Shanahan must have forgotten who was on the other side of the ball: Aaron Rodgers. In just two passes and two catches from Davante Adams, the offense drove 42 yards as Green Bay had a chance to win the game.
Mason Crosby lined up with three seconds left in the game, as his kick went through the uprights and the comeback was complete. The Packers defeated the 49ers 30-28 on the road on Sunday Night Football and Rodgers was ecstatic. “How can you not be romantic about football?” Rodgers was quoted after the game.
These three games were just a snippet of a fantastic 2021 season for Green Bay. Now with preseason underway and the regular season around the corner, who knows how much more chaos will ensue in this upcoming NFL season. It will be interesting in a few years to look back at these games and see which one will be the most memorable.