The Green Bay Packers looked to have the game Nov. 6 against the San Diego Chargers wrapped up by half time after two interceptions by quarterback Phillip Rivers. Both interceptions were returned for touchdowns to give the Packers a big lead early in the game.
The Chargers would not give up though as they made a strong second half push as Rivers torched the Packers secondary with the help of wide receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Antonio Gates. Jackson had seven catches for 141 yards and three touchdowns, while Gates had eight catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers were all or nothing on Rivers throughout the game. Rivers had the four touchdown passes and 385 yards passing, but also had the three interceptions. All three of Rivers picks were big time plays in the game as well. Defensive backs Tramon Williams and Charlie Peprah’s early interceptions for touchdowns helped the Packers get out to a big lead and helped them hold on throughout. Then Peprah’s second interception sealed the game as it came with under thirty seconds left in the game as the Chargers were driving on the Packers for the tying score.
The Packers continue to find ways to win, but they are still being lead behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who ultimately may have already locked up the MVP for this season. Rodgers was nearly flawless yet again as he completed 21 of 26 for 247 yards and four touchdowns. He once again did not throw an interception in the game keeping his season interception total at a low three. Rodgers is clearly playing the best football in the NFL at this time and he is showing that he is the best quarterback in the NFL, not another quarterback with the No. 12.
It is clear to the NFL and its fans the Packers are the team to beat still, but even though they are 8-0, they have a lot of work. The pass defense is horrendous at time, but like every great team, they find ways to win. The Packers offense continues to impress, but the defense needs to find a way to buckle down on opponents. At the end of the day, the Packers are undefeated and running away with the NFC.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.