As former NFL head coach Bill Parcells used to say, you are what you record is. For the Green Bay Packers, who have now fallen to 2-3, it means they can practically kiss a chance at the playoffs goodbye.
The Packers 30-27 loss to the Colts Sunday, their second-straight, last-second defeat to a rookie quarterback on the road, proves they are not Super Bowl contenders. Instead, they are pretenders that now own the title of the most overrated team in the National Football League.
Some Green Bay fans may want to blame Mason Crobsy for missing two 50-plus yard field goals, including what would have been a game-tying field goal with eight seconds left in the game. But after jumping out to a 21-3 halftime lead, the fact that it even came down to a field goal attempt shows how far this Packers team has fallen.
There is no one individual to blame for this loss. It was a fundamental failure in all elements and facets of the game, the offense, the defense and the special teams all contributed to a soul-crushing defeat that will be so difficult to overcome.
When it was all said and done, the Green Bay defense collapsed yet again, surrendering 464 total yards, (345 in the air) and allowed a shocking 27 second-half points.
Dom Capers had no answer for Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who torched Green Bay to the tune of 13 receptions for 212 yards. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck found him four times for 51 yards and a touchdown that was scored with 35 seconds left to culminate the 13-play 81-yard scoring drive that won the game.
While the defense play a major role in the collapse, the offense was not any better.
Aaron Rodgers and the offense was invisible in the third quarter when the game could have been put on ice and was held scoreless for the first 25 minutes of the second half. After finally finding the end zone, it failed to convert a crucial two-point conversion that ended up being the difference between a loss and overtime for the second time in three weeks.
Then the special teams got in on the act as Crosby's game-tying field goal attempt duck hooked to the left faster than my tee shots normally do. It was amateur hour.
With a road game against the unbeaten Houston Texans on the slate for next week, the Packers needed this win badly, now, they will need to beat the best team in the AFC on the road just to get back to .500.
Desperation time has arrived for the Packers and unless there is a sudden, drastic change, this once-promising season will be over, seemingly before it began.