Sunday, December 23, 2012
Wrap-up: Packers 55, Titans 7
By Kevin Seifert
A few thoughts on Sunday's events at Lambeau Field:
What it means: The Green Bay Packers won for the ninth time in 10 games, dominating the Tennessee Titans in one of the biggest blowouts in team history. Their 48-point margin of victory was their largest in a game since 2005, and it tied for the fifth-biggest in team history. The Packers (11-4) can't earn the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs, which the Atlanta Falcons claimed Saturday night, but they could still leapfrog the San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) to clinch the second seed -- and the first-round bye that comes with it. The 49ers play Sunday night at the Seattle Seahawks.
CobbWatch: Receiver/kick returner Randall made the heads-up play of the season in the second quarter, stepping out of bounds and picking up the ball on a kickoff at the four-yard line so that it would be ruled a penalty on the Titans. Cobb also caught three passes for 62 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, but a right ankle injury suffered in the third quarter has everyone holding their breath. Cobb walked to the locker room under his own power, but he did not return to the game.
CrosbyWatch: Struggling place-kicker Mason Crosby converted from 26 and 48 yards, the latter after hitting the upright. The Packers have made clear they are not changing kickers, but that doesn't mean we can't track Crosby's progress. Sunday qualified as a good afternoon.
Defensive gem: The Packers narrowly missed a shutout -- the Titans scored against their reserves with one minute, 39 seconds remaining -- and their defense was impressive throughout. They sacked quarterback Jake Locker seven times, including two from linebacker A.J. Hawk, and limited the Titans to 180 yards and 10 first downs. In its past two games, the Packers' defense has allowed an average of 185 yards and 11 first downs per game. Opponents have converted only four of 24 third-down opportunities over that stretch.
What's next: The Packers' regular-season finale will come next Sunday at the Minnesota Vikings.