Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: New Year's Game Calls for Celebration

Jacqueline Moen-KadlecContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2012

Well done, Matt Flynn!
Well done, Matt Flynn!Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Greetings from the Frozen Tundra, my friends!

I hope that the New Year has found you in good spirits, with the best of health.  Apparently, if you are in the best of health, it means that you were not out celebrating on New Year's Eve.  Because, really, who in Wisconsin stays home on New Year's Eve—the only day of the year when the bars are open 24 hours a day? 

Well, I guess I was one of the few, but other than me, who in Wisconsin doesn't need another reason to go to the bar?

And after the game today, Green Bay Packers fans have another reason to celebrate other than the new year!

Today, my friends, Matt Flynn was the belle of the ball—for lack of a better phrase—after it was decided that Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings, Bryan Bulaga, Randall Cobb and James Starks would sit out against the Lions.

Flynn threw for 480 passing yards.  He had six touchdown passes.  Sometime in the fourth quarter, he may have started to hear a cash register every time he touched the football.


I am under the firm belief that young Mr. Flynn, who will be a free agent, is going to find a large contract in his future.  And, honestly, this talented young man deserves it. 

After watching him almost lead a comeback against the New England Patriots in the 2010 season, and after watching him today, it's safe to say that he is going to be huge somewhere in the NFL.

Jim Schwartz, with head set firmly attached.
Jim Schwartz, with head set firmly attached.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Matt Flynn's performance also led my father, who is a rabid Minnesota Vikings fan, to tell me, grudgingly, that Matt Flynn did a good job.  After I regained consciousness after fainting because my Dad said something "nice" about the Packers, I found that today was truly a filled with miracles.

Despite a shaky first quarter, in which Manpig, my husband, started to scream obscenities at random (which led me to believe that he should probably be tested for Tourette's Syndrome), the Packers played with great heart and determination. 

THIS was Packers football today. 

And who better to play Packers football against than the Detroit Lions?  I have to give credit where it's due, and the Lions also did a good job today. 

Matthew Stafford threw for 520 yards.  520 YARDS!  Ndamukong Suh managed to not have any personal fouls—although he did a particularly harsh "Titlebelt celebration" after sacking Flynn. 

Did anyone else notice that Evan Dietrich-Smith was also in the nearby vicinity during Suh's celebration?  He was close, but not near kicking/stomping distance.  Way to hold yourself back, Suh, although he looked mad enough to spit nails in the fourth quarter.

Someone who didn't hold themselves back?  Jim Schwartz, the head coach of the Lions. 

If his headset hadn't been attached during the touchdown-no touchdown debacle, it would probably still be floating somewhere over Lake Michigan and may have beat the Lions back to Detroit.  It was windy at Lambeau today, after all.

All in all, it was a good game by two very talented teams.

I'm looking forward to the playoffs!  Go Pack, go!