Green Bay Packers: Things We Learned Against Philadelphia

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after a touchdown in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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With the conclusion of the Packers-Eagles game, there were some things that we learned from Green Bay's win. They started off quickly and, in the second half, died out relatively quickly.

The Packers were a team on a mission in the first half. It seemed nothing could stop their high powered offense. Aaron Rodgers threw for 180 yards and three touchdowns, completing 66.7 percent of his passes. 

The defense was just as good. They were their dominant selves in the first half, holding Philadelphia to only three points.

Then the second half came and the thoughts of the Eagles' Week 15 match against the Giants were quickly filling every Packers fan's mind.

Philadelphia almost did it. But that is the key word: almost.

We learned the following things from that game.

James Starks Should Start at Running Back

Throughout the entire game, Starks showed why he should start at running back over the atrocious Brandon Jackson. He should solidify his position as the top running back on the Packers after the game in Philly.

Because of James Starks, the Packers' passing game was able to open up. That's something they have needed all season long and have looked to achieve. He perfectly balanced out the entire offense surprisingly,

Starks was phenomenal throughout the game and finished with 123 yards on 23 carries and nine yards on two catches. His rushing yards are a Packers postseason rookie record.

Sam Shields is a Solid Cornerback (So Far)

Throughout the entire game, Sam Shields had receivers on shut down and didn't have a bad game for a rookie.

The undrafted rookie out of Miami (FL) looked like a veteran out on the field. His play helped Woodson spy on Vick and keep him corralled during the game.

The Packers need more play like this from Shields in the coming weeks.

John Kuhn is Still Money

All season, Kuhn has been the 3rd down and short back. All season, he has converted for the 1st down.

Kuhn is as good as it gets when it comes to Packers running backs. He has hands to complement his bruising running style. Kuhn has become a favorite in Green Bay for a reason, and he showed it this week.

He may have missed one key 3rd down conversion, but he still did his job the rest of the game. No one is perfect.

The Packers Still Need to Learn How To Tackle

Whether it was Vick, McCoy, Maclin or any of the other Eagles players, the Packers still couldn't wrap up the player in question.

It was a problem all season and it continues to plague the Packers. Someone needs to teach them how to tackle.

Maybe they should pull the idea from The Little Giants and have Bruce Smith and Steve Emtman teach them?

Special Teams is Getting Better

After an atrocious season on special teams, the Packers, for the last few games, have stepped it up on special teams.

They proved that this week against a weak Eagles special teams unit. Still, the Packers are known for their poor special teams play. Especially against poor competition.

At least it didn't get to them this week.

Packers Receivers Still Have Those Moments

Throughout the season, there were those easy passes Rodgers hit his numerous receivers with that had touchdown written all over them. Then the ball would reach the receiver (whether it be Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson or, in this case, James Jones), hit their hands, and fall to the ground or somehow find its way into the defender's hands for a pick.

James Jones had a solid route at the end of the first half where the ball hit his hands dead on, but it seems as if Medusa had turned his hands into stone.

Like Joe Buck said, "You couldn't give him an easier catch."

For once, Joe Buck is a smart man.


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