There are plenty of narratives to come out of the Green Bay Packers' 31-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon, and both sides of the football are under the microscope. On offense, the Packers looked listless and appeared to have a lack of creativity for three quarters before coming alive in the fourth for a comeback attempt that fell short.
Meanwhile, if the defense had made one more stop, the offense would have had another chance to take the lead. But instead, they let the Colts slip through their grasp (both literally and figuratively) and the game did as well. One of the goats on the final drive was the player who had played the best on defense up until that final drive, so while he should rightfully take some criticism for his blown play late, let's remember that he finally made some of the big plays that we have been expecting of him.
All in all, however, it was a disappointing and frustrating loss - something that has become all too common in Green Bay of late. Here are today's Cheese Curds, which further break down yesterday's game.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's career day ends with regret | Packers.com
The third-year safety had a terrific game, up until the last three minutes or so. He picked off Andrew Luck twice and sacked him once, but it was the one sack that he didn't make that will define the game instead.
Packers' pass rush fails to rattle Luck | Packersnews.com
Clinton-Dix wasn't the only player on the Packers' defense to let Luck slip away. The Colts' QB was hit and pressured a decent amount, but he was only brought down with the ball twice, both on safety blitzes.
Aaron Rodgers calls out Packers for 'uncharacteristically low energy' in loss | ESPN.com
Sure, giving up a touchdown on the opening kickoff can sap your energy a bit, but there is no excuse for that putting the entire team down, especially in a home game.
IND-GB grades: Colts’ offense does enough to earn win at Lambeau | PFF
Rodgers was only pressured on 12 of 52 dropbacks, but completed just 2 of 5 passes under those conditions with three sacks. Furthermore, he completed just one pass over 20 yards - the touchdown to Jordy Nelson.
A squirrel frolicked in the end zone at Lambeau Field during Packers-Colts - SBNation.com
This was arguably the best moment of the game.
Colts RB Robert Turbin celebrated his tackle on an Andrew Luck interception and I think he should - SBNation.com
Nice, Turbin. Your team gives up the football and you're getting excited about making the tackle?