Green Bay Packers: Should the Packers Have Pulled Aaron Rodgers for Matt Flynn?

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIJanuary 19, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When the Green Bay Packers were down 30-13 to the New York Giants, a crazy thought popped into my head. 

It's taken me nearly a week of deep thought to make sure that I hadn't gone completely crazy, and that the thought actually deserved some recognition.

The thought that I had was that the Packers should bench Aaron Rodgers and put in Matt Flynn.

Crazy, right?

But the more I started thinking about, the less crazy the thought became. Rodgers was three weeks removed from actual playing time in a game. Flynn had just played the game of his life two weeks ago when he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns.

(That was better than any game Rodgers has ever had in his career, by the way.)

Not only had Flynn played more recently, and better, but Rodgers was really struggling against the Giants' defense. He was nowhere near as accurate as we saw all season long.

While people will point at the dropped passes, and don't get me wrong, there were a lot of dropped passes, that was only part of the problem last Sunday.

Rodgers' accuracy was the other part. His throws came late, weren't as perfectly positioned as we're used to and his 56.5 completion percentage and 78.5 quarterback rating show that.

Sure, the Giants brought pressure, but didn't Green Bay know that was coming? Didn't they game plan for New York to get into the backfield often?


Even when Rodgers wasn't pressured, he looked cold and rusty. He looked jittery, which is a word I'm sure has never been used to describe the ever-cool quarterback.

So, with Green Bay down by 17, and Rodgers struggling, would Flynn have been a better option?

Would he had been able to ignite the sputtering offense?

Rodgers had a chance to cut the lead to single-digits, but was unable to do so. Would Flynn have fumbled when Osi Umenyiora came around the edge?

Would he have made an improbably comeback and would the San Francisco 49ers be heading to Lambeau Field right now?

Maybe the Packers' receivers were used to Flynn throwing them the ball. Maybe they had a better connection with Flynn at the time. Maybe when the scoreboard hit 30-13, Mike McCarthy should have told Rodgers his day was done and given the ball to the stud backup lurking on the sidelines. .

It's a crazy idea, but the Packers should have tried everything to save their dream season.