Green Bay Packers' Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush, Charles Woodson, M.D. Jennings and Tramon Williams jump with Seahawks receivers on the last play of the game on Monday night, Sept. 24, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Seattle receiver Golden Tate (81) was credited with the catch for the game-winning touchdown. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
The Green Bay Packers have long since put to rest their infamous loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Itís been seven weeks since the Packers were robbed of a victory on the final play of the game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle by a replacement officialís horrendous call.
The Packers donít think about it, talk about it or give it a second thought.
They want nothing to do with the suggestion they should be 7-2 heading into this weekendís bye instead of 6-3.
The Packers wonít allow the first half of their season to be defined by a bad call, no matter how unjust or incompetent.
Their ability to let it go is one reason they are in prime position heading into the NFLís second half, when playoff berths are decided and Super Bowl positioning begins.
The Packers bounced back to win five of six games since the Seattle debacle, including their last four, a credit to coach Mike McCarthy and his players, who have maintained a steady focus despite a host of potential distractions.
They stared adversity squarely in the face and didnít blink.
Whether itís bad calls, a bad loss after blowing an 18-point lead against Indianapolis, or bad breaks in the form of injuries to a long list of starters, this Packers team has refused to get knocked off course.
ďThe continuity might not be quite where you want it to be,Ē said McCarthy in reflecting on the first nine games. ďBut also the flip side of that is that itís a credit to our players because we had a number of changes in lineups that our players have been able to adjust to.Ē
Itís as if the Packers thrive on things going wrong because they are so resilient and skilled at adapting.
Two years ago the Packers were also 6-3 heading into their bye and had suffered a rash of injuries. Whether the Packers this season can repeat history and march all the way to a Super Bowl title like they did in 2010 remains to be seen.
What we do know, based on a first-half roller coaster ride, is that this team is capable of taking a punch.
But instead of flinching or doubling over in pain, the Packers seem to come back stronger with even more determination.
This is a team that knows how to punch back, which is a good sign heading into the NFLís stretch run.
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