Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Packers 27, Ravens 14
By Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The bottom line of a wild night at Lambeau Field is this: Green Bay remains on course for a wild-card playoff spot.
Monday night’s 27-14 victory lifted their record to 8-4, leaving them tied with Philadelphia for the best record among non-division leading NFC teams. If the season ended now, the Packers would be the conference’s No. 6 seed.
They defeated the Ravens mostly because their defense withstood Baltimore’s third-quarter rally. In what was pretty much a coming-out party for Dom Capers’ 3-4 defense, the Ravens finished with 185 total yards while committing four turnovers in a game marred by an incredible number of penalty flags.
Referee Walt Anderson’s crew dished out 23 penalties for a total of 310 yards lost, tying the second-most combined single-game penalty yardage in NFL history. The Packers absorbed 175 of those yards and finished 10 yards shy of setting a new single-game franchise record.
Those numbers should all come out in the wash, however. The Packers accomplished their primary goal Monday night of keeping pace in the playoff race. More to come in a few hours.