A Night to Remember

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A rainy and cold night in Green Bay, Wisconsin did not stop my family and me from attending the historical Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving to watch our beloved Green Bay Packers face off against the rival Chicago Bears. The two teams have won a combined 22 NFL Championships, (13 for Green Bay and 9 for Chicago), including 5 Superbowls, (4 for Green Bay and 1 for Chicago), so we knew we were in for a treat.  It was everyone’s first time experiencing a game in this stadium, so we were all extremely excited. Green Bay had won six of their previous seven games at home, so we felt confident in their ability to take down the Bears.

Despite a slow start, the Packers drew first blood with a 25 yard TD pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to running back Eddie Lacy with about 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The weather conditions continued to worsen with heavy rain and gusty winds. When the rain began, I wondered if it would be a detriment to the game. Turns out, the weather conditions had a tremendous effect on the success of both teams in terms of ball security.  As I’m sure you can imagine, the slippery field made it tough for the player’s cleats to grip the ground, and the rain made it tough to hang onto the ball.  In the second quarter, Eddie Lacy had a costly fumble deep into Chicago territory, which Chicago Quarterback Jay Cutler turned into 7 points with a touchdown pass to Tight End Zach Miller.

We answered right back with an impressive drive of our own, scoring a 22 yard field goal from kicker Mason Crosby to take a 10-7 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half. However, our defense did not respond well when the Bears fired right back, letting Cutler and the Chicago offense move down to the field to regain the lead, 14-10, with a one yard Touchdown run by running back, Jeremy Langford. Aaron Rodgers was still able to march the Packers down to field goal range with 30 seconds left. Crosby hit a 50 yard Field goal to send us into halftime down 14-13. It was a thrilling end of the second quarter with such a close game at hand.

During halftime, the Packers honored former legendary quarterback, Brett Favre. The fans let out a loud roar as Favre was introduced. I have not heard a stadium so loud like that before, it was something special.  His name and No. 4 jersey joined the franchise’s five other retired numbers on the facade inside the stadium. Many of Favre’s former teammates and coaches were there to congratulate him on this prestigious award.

The second half was not as entertaining as the first half was due to pouring rain continuing to drench Lambeau Field. Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould’s 21 yard field goal ultimately was the only points scored between both teams in the second half. The Packers had a real chance to win the game, but in the end, fell short. Even though the Packers lost the game, it was still an awesome way to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

To read more about the game and watch some game highlights, check out http://espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=400791510