It’s December now. There’s one quarter of the season remaining. The Seahawks are clinging to a wild card spot and the Packers are trying to get a first-round bye in the postseason but are currently behind the 49ers for that No. 2 spot.
My worst nightmare has arrived. Let the crying and outrage begin about the Week 3 Monday night debacle that cost the Packers a win and gave the Seahawks a leg up on the rest of the playoff competition.
For those who read my Monday Morning Quarterback this week, you know my view about plays that happen early in a game having little bearing on the final outcome. My philosophy on early season game results is exactly the same.
For instance: yes, the Packers would presently own the No. 2 seed and a first round bye if they hadn’t had that Week 3 victory stolen from them. But before you go looking back that far, how about pointing to a more recent loss first?
Such as, why did the Packers get pummeled by the Giants in Week 12? Because New York is better? Yes. So, let’s move back even further, but still not to Week 3.
Maybe if Mason Crosby wasn’t such a bad kicker this year, the Packers would have beaten the Colts. Of if the Packers defense didn’t play so poorly against Andrew Luck, they could have held on to the lead they had in that Week 5 game.
And on top of it all … the Packers lost to the 49ers this season, so they have no one to blame but themselves for currently being slotted behind them!
Let’s look at it from another perspective.
Dallas and Minnesota, two teams that are a game behind Seattle for the second wild card spot, might be crying out about injustice over the the Seahawks’ Week 3 victory over the Packers. But instead of complaining about that, why not ask yourselves why you both lost to Seattle this season? If you would have beaten Seattle, you’d have nothing to worry about.
Excuses are for the feeble.
In a football season, just as in a football game, nothing matters but the next game (or next play). And if you run out of time and are on the losing end, you look to the most recent failure first as the result of your collapse before looking back at something that happened at the very beginning.
Playing the “what if?” game is for cowards and losers. If you take care of business in the first place, you don’t have to worry about one blown call by replacement officials two months ago, and then cry foul about the NFL trying to protect its bottom line over the integrity of the game.