After having a day to digest the Packer loss on Sunday, a few things come to mind. First, I don't think the Packer defense was quite as good as many thought. They couldn't stop Kurt Warner Sunday and if you go back and review the season, they struggled against top QB's. Brett Favre had his way with the Packer defense in both matchups with Minnesota. And Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards against this defense. As much as the defense improved overall during the course of the season, it's obvious to me that it still needs some work.
During the course of the week, I wondered about the mindset of the team. There was alot of talk on the part of fans and the media about how the Packers could face Minnesota again. Those folks appeared to believe it was a foregone conclusion that Green Bay would beat Arizona. If that confidence (or overconfidence) was based on the result of the previous week's game against Arizona, that was foolish because the Cardinals pulled many of their starters in the first quarter of that game. Whether that was the attitude of the team itself is something we'll probably never know. But did anyone take note of the brief interview Pam Oliver did with WR Greg Jennings just prior to kickoff of the game? Jennings said something to the effect of, "We're not worried about Arizona - we just have to do what we do." It's a playoff game on the road against the defending NFC Champion! How can you not be worried, or at least concerned about what they're capable of? If that was the way the team approached the game, the results shouldn't surprise anyone.
And, finally, officiating in the NFL is just downright awful. There were several botched calls in the game Sunday, which I don't need to remind anyone of. It's been my observation that, for whatever reason, there appear to be more questionable calls or non-calls in close games that aren't decided until the very end. I don't know what the league can do about it. But the league should be concerned about the possibility that a blown call someday will cost a team the Super Bowl.