It’s been several months since my last post, and football season is now in full swing. However, the bulk of the news that’s surrounded the National Football League in it’s opening weeks has dealt with the legal issues of players and whether or not commissioner Rodger Goodell should be fired.
And this isn’t your daddy’s ‘Tecmo’. The folks at tecmobowl.org release a new version of the game every year, complete with new features and updated rosters. It’s a retro gamer’s fantasy. Being able to play with your current NFL heroes in their 8-bit glory is so cool.
So my new idea for a Throwback Thursday series is to take a look at the Green Bay Packers upcoming game each week and let it play out on ‘TSB ’15’. I’ll post a recap here, and call out some highlights. All games will be played in “COM vs. COM” mode, meaning the computer AI controls both teams.
This week, the Packers head to Detroit to take on the Lions in the NFC North opener for each team. Both teams are 1-1 in the standings, so this early-season divisional matchup is an important one.
Let’s get to the action!
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field with ease in the game’s opening drive, which was capped by a seven-yard Eddie Lacy touchdown run. Green Bay added to their lead in the second quarter, as Rodgers hooked up with Lacy on a long TD pass. The Packers took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
The Lions finally got on the board with a five-yard TD pass from Matt Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew late in the third quarter. On the ensuing Packers drive, the Lions forced a safety. With momentum turning, the Lions cut the lead to 14-9. Reggie Bush kept the pedal to the metal, scoring a rushing TD to cap the drive following the Packers post-safety free kick. Detroit had scored 16 unanswered points, and now had a two-point lead.
The Packers would not yield, as a Rodgers-to-Jordy Nelson TD strike put Green Bay back in front, 21-16, with just 3:30 to play.
The Packers much-maligned defense stepped up their game late in the contest. The Lions were forced to turn the ball over on downs on their next drive, thanks to a huge third down sack by Clay Matthews.
Another Rodgers-to-Nelson touchdown pass on the following series sealed the deal. A last-second Detroit score was not enough, as the Packers claimed victory, 28-23.
To the stats! And, yes, John Kuhn was a favorite target of Rodgers in this game…
Another divisional opponent awaits Green Bay next week, as the rival Chicago Bears play host to the Green and Gold in Week 4.