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The Repack: NFL darling Patrick Mahomes drops to the Packers

NBC only wants you to remember two missed calls in this game, instead of the whole picture.

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The Green Bay Packers pulled off the improbable, beating both the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs in consecutive weeks while never being down to those teams for a single second. At the moment, the Packers look likely to make the playoffs — an incredible turnaround from where the team was standing at the trade deadline when they sold off cornerback Rasul Douglas to the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Matt LaFleur is 16-0 in December. General manager Brian Gutekunst has a chance to win executive of the year. Quarterback Jordan Love looks like the next long-term starter for the Packers.

Everything is dandy, but the television broadcast of the game decided to focus on the officiating instead of the result. Yes, MVS should have drawn a defensive pass interference penalty — but that was a make-up call for two blown calls that broke the Chiefs’ way previously on the drive. The first was a phantom roughing penalty on safety Jonathan Owens, who was able to hit quarterback Patrick Mahomes in bounds. The second was when MVS stopped his forward progress in bounds but was able to work backward to the sideline, giving Kansas City a stopped clock.

In this episode of The Repack, Acme Packing Company’s Evan “Tex” Western and Justis Mosqueda try to focus on what the Packers did to win the game — giving the squad credit that NBC wouldn’t in their post-game montage. Also, defensive coordinator Joe Barry is probably gonna come back in 2024.


  • 0:00: Jordan Love is the guy
  • 6:30: The refs were bad on BOTH sides
  • 18:00: Joe Barry’s job is safe
  • 25:30: Vibe checks

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