Now THAT was an ugly win.
Though the Green Bay Packers won their previous two games in less-than-ideal fashion, yesterday's 27-20 win over the Chargers was one of the ugliest wins in recent memory. And yet, despite allowing a 500-yard passing day and forcing just one turnover, the defense pulled through in the clutch and sealed the Packers' sixth win of the season and ensured that they enter their bye week undefeated at 6-0.
Though it's cliche, the Packers desperately need this bye week, with numerous injured players filling up the injury report. It's likely that Davante Adams and Morgan Burnett return in two weeks at Denver, and the Packers could have several more players on the mend by that time as well.
Let's all relax, breathe a sigh of relief for yesterday's win, and enjoy a relaxing week off as the Packers look forward to the Broncos game in 13 days.
Packers defense survives, makes game-saving stand | Packers.com
On the 89th defensive snap of the game, the Packers finally put it away, thanks to an alert play from rookie Damarious Randall, who was in zone coverage and made a great break on the football.
Philip Rivers' quick release stuns, amazes Packers | JSOnline.com
Rivers foiled the Packers' pass rush with his ability to get the ball out quickly, and he put a ton of pressure on the secondary. Luckily, they held up better in the red zone and got the stops they needed.
Banged-up Packers limping into bye week | Packersnews.com
Ty Montgomery went down on Sunday, and though he reportedly avoided major injury, his name is just added to the laundry list of injured Packers. Thankfully, the Packers have two weeks to rest up and prepare for their next game in Denver.
SD-GB Grades: Career days from Rivers and Allen not enough | Pro Football Focus
If you predicted that Mike Pennel would have the best game of any Packer on Sunday, you're either the second coming of Nostradamus or a liar. He and Mike Daniels made life difficult for the Chargers' interior line, but it still didn't translate to enough pressure on Rivers.
James Starks up, Eddie Lacy down in Green Bay Packers' win - ESPN
Starks averaged over 11 yards per carry on the day, with his 65-yard touchdown being the biggest rushing play of the season for the Packers and his longest run of his career.
Chips Report from Packers 27-20 win vs. Chargers | 247sports.com
Though the secondary as a whole struggled for much of the game, Micah Hyde in particular had a rough day.
Chuck Pagano explains what the hell was supposed to happen on the Colts' botched trick play - SBNation.com
If you haven't seen the play, make sure you check it out. It's a rather bizarre play, and one that was executed as poorly as could be.