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A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
Monday night was the one-year anniversary of the Packers’ controversial loss at Seattle on "Monday Night Football" in a game that will probably forever be known as the “Fail Mary” game.
It’s a game that Packers fans surely want to forget but probably never will -- a fact that is not lost on ESPN’s Mike Tirico, who called that game as the voice of "Monday Night Football."
In an interview with ESPN’s Front Row, Tirico discussed the game and the impact it made on Packers fans in Wisconsin and beyond.
“When I did a couple of Wisconsin basketball games during the Big Ten season, people brought it up pretty often,” Tirico said. “It certainly comes up, and it’s in our mind anytime there’s a Hail Mary. You’re thinking, ‘What’s going to happen here? You know what happened in Seattle.’”
That Week 3 loss left the Packers with a 1-2 record. They’re sitting on the same mark now after three games, but think how much differently -- not necessarily better or worse, but differently -- Packers fans feel today than they did a year ago.
Our ESPN.com coverage tackled the sometimes delicate topic of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ lack of fourth-quarter comeback victories, the possibility that after this week’s bye, the Packers could have a strong stable of running backs if Eddie Lacy, James Starks and Johnathan Franklin come back healthy, the options at kick returner after releasing Jeremy Ross and the weekly “Upon Further Review” piece looking back at Sunday’s 34-30 loss at Cincinnati.
At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde looked at the Packers’ to-do list during the bye week and the fact that coach Mike McCarthy said he wasn’t second-guessing his fourth-and-1 call that resulted in Franklin’s game-changing fumble.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, analysts Cliff Christl and Eric Baranczyk called Rodgers’ lack of fourth-quarter comeback wins “puzzling,” and Weston Hodkiewicz talked to tight end Ryan Taylor about his personal-foul penalty that followed an unpenalized low blow to the groin area that Taylor took from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the third quarter on Sunday. Said Taylor: “What happened has no place in football, but it happened.”