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Red-hot Flynn leads Packers to win on cold day

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on January 1, 2012 – 3:48 pm

On a cold day at Lambeau Field, the Packers and Lions put on a sizzling, record-setting offensive performance that produced more than a thousand combined yards and capped the Packers’ season with a come-from-behind, 45-41 victory that sends the Packers into the postseason with a franchise-best 15-1 record. The Lions, who had rallied for a 41-38 lead late in the game, missed a chance to clinch the No. 5 seed for the NFC playoffs.

The Packers rested several starters, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, cornerback Charles Woodson and linebacker Clay Matthews. Playing in place of Rodgers, Matt Flynn became the first player in Packers history to throw for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns. Flynn and Lions quarterback Matt Stafford became the first quarterbacks in NFL history to each throw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in a game.

That’s the only lament for the Packers, as they head into a bye week before they begin defense of their Super Bowl title as the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The defense allowed more than 500 yards and likely finished the season No. 32 in total yardage.

Everything about the Packers offense, however, says it’s heading into the postseason on a roll. Jordy Nelson caught three touchdown passes and Jermichael caught seven passes including the game-winner, a four-yard pass from Flynn with 1:13 to play.

The Packers defense, however, stood stall at crunch time, as Sam Shields clinched the win by intercepting a Stafford pass as the Lions were moving into scoring range.

Packers.com will update this story following postgame press conferences. Stay tuned to packers.com for full coverage of today’s game.

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39 Responses to “Red-hot Flynn leads Packers to win on cold day”

  1. By Marty on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Watch out we may not have the #1defense but we sure have the #1offense!!!!!!

  2. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Same formula all season long. Great job by Flynn and the Packers. Go Pack Go…

  3. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    No more sweating the defense, they have proven that they always come through when needed. What a game!

  4. By Cali on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to Matt Flynn. Favre nor Rodgers ever threw for SIX, count ‘em, SIX TD’s!! Even the back up players on this team are special. This has to be the best Packers team ever assembled!! Again, hats off to Flynn! Now, the two week wait begins! GO PACK GO!!

  5. By JP on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    When everybody came back, it’s gonna be a party GO PACK GO

  6. By Cali on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey BIG CHEESE, Happy New Year brother! What a way to end the season, huh? Very impressive work by Flynn.To be a backup QB and go out and do what the two best QB’s in Packers history haven’t done is deserving of alot of praise! Go Flynn, Go Rodgers and GO PACK GO!! And one quick thing, the D is far from what it was last year, but the job is gettin’ done week in and week out! Keep it up fella’s!!

  7. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Sir Cali, what a crazy game! And the best news is that McCarthy made the right decision and it looks like the entire Packer Team will be healthy for the playoffs. Listend to the Coach’s post game, he said Rodgers was calling the plays. What a TEAM! Green & Gold Baby! Can’t wait… Let’s get 14 boys. Go Pack Go..REPEAT

  8. By Cali on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    It’s no surprise that Rodgers is callin’ plays on the sidelines. That guy is the epitome of a leader! When I grow up, I wanna be like that guy! GO RODGERS!! Now, I can’t wait to see who we have to whoop in the playoffs! This team is healthy and on a roll. A healthy Packers team is a deadly team!! GO PACK GO!!

  9. By Frank on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    the only way we go in without an injury is if Nick Collins plays

  10. By Vishal Thakkar on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Official needs to set down with Flynn and negotiate him for anthor five years. Well asset for this orgnigation.

  11. By Kenzie on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    What an amazing game I was on the edge of my seat the whole game! Great job to Matt Flynn, you were amazing! I know your a free agent but I think you should stay with the packers so then we would have two AMAZING quarterbacks! Great job to the whole team and go win the Super Bowl!

  12. By SkunK on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    “On a cold day at Lambeau Field” It was not a cold day Vic. It was warm enough to snow – not cold. We will see real cold in a few weeks.

    Great Win Pack!

  13. By LeeinHongKong on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    The fact that this record-setting game was played with a back-up QB, and with so many of the team’s star players sitting out the whole game, is a great testament to TT and MM and the rest of the coaching staff, and to the (BAP) draft-and-develop philosophy and consistent,disciplined approach to the pursuit of excellence. It will be exciting to see what happens in the post season with nearly everyone healthy (SB repeat,one hopes!), and to contemplate where this team may head next year… Matt Flynn will no doubt be playing elsewhere after this performance, with so many teams in need of a franchise QB. It will be sad to see him leave, but he’s paid his dues in GB and earned the right to be a starter in the NFL. I wish him great success in every game…except when he faces his mentor AR and the Green Bay Packers! GO PACK GO!

  14. By Cali on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    To the Packers head office,

    RE-SIGN FLYNN!! Too big of an asset to lose. Besides, we’ve seen what happens to backup QB’s who wind up startin’ games; they suck, then fade into memory. Two names pop up right now: Matt Cassle and Kevin Kolb. Keep Flynn in Green Bay!!

  15. By Rodney Derry on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Flynn says ,,,SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!….Very happy for Matt wish he would have pulled it off against the Pats last year he did a heck of a job on the road, but he more than made up for it today….He is going to start for somebody else next year I just hope it is not in our division….You earned you right to be on the field Matt just don’t go to Dallas…..PLEEEESE

  16. By Lutherblue on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Way to go pack!
    Flynn deserves a starting shot on a team that needs a qb, that said, please dont go to the vikings. What a game. So glad we signed Jordy nelson for a 3 year extension.


  17. By brad jackson on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    damn;d interception .. !!

  18. By Laidlaw on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    How does #24 get to the field without help, never saw a guy so lost in coverage?

  19. By Phil on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    How many #1 picks could we get if we shopped a trade for Aaron Rodgers?

  20. By Cali on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Real quick, I said most backups suck when they start games, not entirely true. Rodgers is one, Brady is another who came from the bench to become great QB’s. It’s just when a team let’s a decent backup QB go, they go to other teams to start and are never heard from of again.

  21. By Chuck Swoboda on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think it’s a foregone conclusion that Flynn is gone after this year. It’s not fair to Matt to ride the pine behind the (future) MVP for another three years or so. It would’ve been nice to see Graham Harrell get some playing time in if the game hadn’t been so close. If, however, the Pack end up in a blowout in their first playoff game, it would be nice to see what Harrell can do, even in a mop up role. It would be great to have Matt around for another three years, but I think it’s safe to say that we can color him gone!

  22. By Cali on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    How much do you wanna bet that if Flynn does go, he’ll end up in chicago(stinktown)?

  23. By NCPACK on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Trade Aaron Rodgers to the Jets for their d-line, an OL, and the first three picks in the next three drafts. Make Flynn the starter.

  24. By PackFanInSpain on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    How can number 24 still be on a super bowl winning team…maybe special teams allows him a place on the field for 30 seconds….but never on defence…he is soooooo lost!

  25. By Eran of Arcadia on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, if anyone has earned the right for a chance at starting, it’s Flynn. I only hope that it’s in the AFC, or at least not Minnie. So best of luck to him, and let’s see what we can do with all our starters healthy!

  26. By David R on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone know what compensation the Pack gets when Flynn signs with another team in the off season?

  27. By bob m on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    it’s been the best year yet!!!

  28. By Aussie Cheese on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    With Flynn throwing 6TD’s today… plus A-rod’s 45, does that mean the Pack have thrown for more TD’s this season than any other team in history?… Obviously beating Brady’s 50 in ’07.

  29. By wbhco2012 on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    J Bush has to stay on special teams.

    He was not effective in coverage even when he had inside leverage he was to slow. Also he dropped a pic 6 on the goal line that allowed 7 points. TT put #24 on waivers as soon as we win the Super Bowl.

    Unless he is of value under salary cap playing special teams. Oh yeah he has a notion he can taunt and talk smack. He does not fit the GBP environment. Remember A Carroll who now plays for the UFL?

  30. By Josh on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Did we set the single season record for TD passes with 51 (Rodg 45 + Flynn 6)? I’m assuming the Patriots backup the year Brady threw 50 didn’t have a TD.

  31. By Roger Presl on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well, the Packers played loose and won. Whop-Te-Do! I expected a win, but in defense of the defense, they showed that much needed improvement is needed, but still had the take-ways to make this win possible. Congrats to Aaron, for not being greedy in not insisting on setting personal records. What a MAN. He could have demanded to play. Also accolades to Mike McCarthy, he proved that he is a REAL COACH AND A REAL MAN! What more could we Packer backers want!

  32. By The Big Cheese Head on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wow thats amazing and he’s not even our first string quarterback :D

  33. By Ryan of Wichita on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Why is Jordy Nelson not a Pro Bowler this year? Without Rodgers OR Jenning he still hauls in 3 td’s…..don’t get it.

  34. By Dano on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    For a game that did not mean anything, it sure didn’t feel like that. Both teams came to play. What a message it is that the Pack sits 7 starters (4 of them Pro Bowlers) and the backups play as well and as hard as they did. Kudos to the coaches. No one will want to come to Lambeau in January against a healthy Packers team hitting on all cylinders. Teams will have to score 21 or more to have a chancet beat us. I like our chances. Enjoy it Packer fans! Soak it in!

  35. By td4s12 on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    I believe the Colts had 51 td’s the year Manning got 49, backup had 2.

  36. By packerlombardi on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    No diva in Rodgers. He simply said “Matt is my friend”. And that was a week BEFORE the game. What an awesome team in both talent and substance. Never seen anything like it my lifetime. Thanks Pack….!!

  37. By AZshareholder on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Chances are most of you do not remember Zeke Bratkowski, backup to Bart Starr. He could have started for many teams but chose to back up a winner on a winning team. Would certainly be nice if Flynn felt that way …

  38. By NFLdraft2012 on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well looks like were going to loose Flynn now, solid performance.

  39. By luvmygrngld on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    What a blast watching Flynn go out there and kill it today!! Very humbling post game interview. Class act, you and the rest of the team. Which is why no one can not like the Pack ;) Good guys, on and off the field….

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