Last night’s 2011 NFL season debut between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints was about as perfect as a game gets. It was a shootout between the last two Super Bowl champions, displaying two of the greatest – if not the greatest – quarterbacks in the NFL, and it went right down to the wire, with Green Bay ultimately prevailing 42-34. It was a gambler’s dream, so long as you’re the type of gambler who didn’t bet on the Saints. If you stuck to the over/under, you’re probably a happy person today.
But I have a few quick thoughts before we get to the recap of the stuff that really mattered:
- On what planet do you choose to run the ball when you’re on the 1-yard line with zero seconds on the clock after you’ve just been handed the ultimate Christmas Day pass interference penalty? And I’m not asking this because I have Jimmy Graham and that clouds my logic.
- Is Aaron Rodgers going to be so awesome this season that fantasy owners will have to worry about him playing less time toward the end of the season after the Packers wrap up the NFC North with ease? Yes.
- The Packers and Saints are probably the two fan bases that I hate the least in professional sports while having absolutely no allegiance to either team. I imagine Lambeau may have been the nicest place on Earth last night.
And that’s really all I’ve got because I’m just so content with last night’s game from a fan perspective. So let’s hit the recap in pictures, shall we?
(Images via Getty and AP.)
This is outright blasphemy.
Is this racist? I can't decide.
I still don't get the wrestling championship belt thing, but Aaron Rodgers has A) Had some of the best mustaches a man can have, and 2) Nailed Erin Andrews. So I won't question it.
I like to think that he's pointing to the nearest Cinnabon, based on that smile in the back.
You're all aware that we've allowed this guy to become one of the biggest rock stars in the world, right?
Darren Sproles made about 20 general managers and team presidents punch themselves in the balls last night. I'M LOOKING AT YOU, JEFF IRELAND!
Obviously none of the people hugging James Starks drafted Ryan Grant.
Everyone was having fun. You could have stolen someone's car and they would have given you food to take with you.
Hmmm, masks on female Green Bay fans... I think we're on to something.
I think the umbrella is supposed to be the T in "at." Either way, there should be an age limit on signs.
Have fun showering the paint off, cool guy.
What, no free bulge grabs?
All right! Get yourself a handful, dad.
I hope Aaron is thanking Drew for the 45 points he got me last night. Gods, these men are.
Who ordered the appetizer?
I like to think that instead of rings they gave each other Oakleys.
They wear Sketchers Shape-Ups.
My friend asked me last night: "How old is Donald Driver?" My answer with complete certainty: "47."
Please stay healthy. Please stay healthy. Please stay healthy.
Well, we're without a Peyton Manning face for 2-3 months so this will have to do.
John Kuhn is my new favorite "Player Whose Name I Will Yell For Fun Even Though I'm Not Even A Fan Of His Team."
See, Oakland and San Fran? This is how it's done.
I really hope he did. He deserves it.