It's a much different time now, but the sentiment feels true again.
The Packers' convincing 35 - 18 victory over Washington was what all of us (fans, pundits, and the team itself) have been waiting for all season.
Despite a troubling start with a Safety scored by the Washington defense - the team found its bearing clinging to an end zone pylon.
After falling behind 2-0; Washington moved down the field and appeared to score a touchdown on a pass to DeSean Jackson who tried to squeeze his foot and the ball inside the goal line marker. A review found otherwise. The Packer defense stiffened and three plays from the 1 came up empty and made to settle for a field goal.
A five point deficit is better than 9, and even with a score for the home team to reach an 11 point lead it was still a contest.
From there Aaron Rodgers and the offensive line found their bearing. J.C. Tretter filled in admirably the rest of the way. The Packers scored two touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter to take a halftime lead.
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What means the most is the feeling I had watching the game.
This was the team I've been looking for. A confident swagger on offense and a tenacious and relentless battle on defense.
In the middle of last week, Coach McCarthy set out his goal for his team in the playoffs: "We’ve had a chance to clean up our house and get it ready to showcase who the hell we are."
Saturday night , the Packers return to Arizona where they were destroyed by the Cardinals.
It will be a difficult game. But with the team which just played Washington on the field in the Valley of the Sun, I will say I like our chances!
Go Pack, Go!