GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Greetings from Lambeau Field, where it’s partly sunny and pretty mild. We’re headed toward a beautiful day for November football.
On the trip over, I got to talking with a couple of San Francisco fans -- and, like me, NFL Network junkies. All of us caught Friday night’s replay of the 1998 playoff game between the Packers and 49ers at Candlestick Park. It’s amazing the things you remember and forget.
We all know that game ended with Terrell Owens’ last-second touchdown reception. But I know I watched that game live. Maybe I’m the only one, but I totally forgot that a few plays earlier, Jerry Rice clearly fumbled the ball away. Broadcasters Pat Summerall and John Madden noted the play would be good grist for another run at establishing instant replay.
Call it my anti-Packers bias (JOKING), but I had no recollection of Rice’s fumble. For most NFL fans, it’s the game Owens pulled out. In reality, it’s the game the 49ers won when they got a second chance.
OK. Enough memory lane for one morning. Let’s take a quick spin through the division.
The Packers are finally starting to play the zone-blitz defense they originally contemplated, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Green Bay left guard Daryn Colledge has been put on notice for his uneven play, based on this story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers have ample opportunity to clinch a wild-card berth, according to Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
It’s time for Chicago’s defense to make a stand Sunday night against Philadelphia, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The vibe of the Bears’ season changed after the Gaines Adams trade, according to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune profiles Minnesota receivers coach George Stewart and his "crew."
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles Vikings receiver Sidney Rice.
A loss Sunday to Cleveland would be a (new) rock bottom for Detroit, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is taking the blame for the Lions string of dropped passes, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.