Johnnie Gray: Post-game review

Packer Hall of Fame safety offers thoughts on Packers' NFC Divisional playoff win over Seahawks

Where do you start to write an article about this weekend without getting a little choked up? This week the talk has been about how the youngsters would be able to handle a veteran team coached by Mike Holmgren. Many believed that the pressure of the playoffs would have some effect on this team. After the performance at Chicago with the possibility of hosting throughout the playoffs on the line, the thought of coming out flat was a major concern. So, would Seattle beat Green Bay, or would the Packers beat themselves?

It looked like it was going to be the latter after the first two possessions, but the next six possessions of the ball game proved that the Seahawks were no match for the Pack. The offense moved up and down the field and the defense was relentless in its pursuit with reckless abandon. Seattle scored 20 points in the ball game with 14 following two fumbles by Ryan Grant, and a field goal after a roughing the kicker penalty on Brandon Jackson that kept a second quarter drive alive. Cut out the mistakes and Seahawks earned just three points.

I'm so proud of how well this team kept its poise and stuck with the game plan, unlike the Dallas game when it played uncharacteristic football early on until the second quarter into the second half. Many lessons were taken from that game and it showed with the patience and confidence in the play calling.

Kudos to the following: -- Guard Daryn Colledge for getting his starting job back and having a strong performance;

-- Atari Bigby for showing the world why he was named Defensive Player of the Month in December;

-- Green Bay's defense for allowing just 28 yards rushing;

-- Coaching staff for trusting in themselves and the team they have put together.

Go Pack Go!

Johnnie Gray

Former safety Johnnie Gray played for the Packers from 1975-84. He was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame in 1994. E-mail him at

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