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Morning roundup: Toppling the Titans

Dec. 24, 2012
 

This was utter domination on the part of the Green Bay Packers.

During Sunday’s 55-7 win over the Tennessee Titans, the Packers put together one of their largest-win margins with their first playoff game only two or three weeks away.

As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty writes, Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s team can’t carry over any of those points to next week’s game at Minnesota or to the postseason, but the Packers seem to believe that this overwhelming performance matters more than just chalking up another win, even if it comes against a bad NFL team.

“It was important for us to go out and dominate the opponents late in the year,” McCarthy said after the game. “We have momentum going for us, particularly what we’ve done over the last nine weeks, 10 weeks. So we wanted to take the next step as a football team, and I felt we were able to accomplish that today.”

At 11-4, the Packers have won nine of their last 10 games. You can read the rest of Dougherty’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/cgu8umd

*The Packers are playing their best football at the right time and might be the last team anyone wants to face in the playoffs, writes Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause (http://tinyurl.com/cqs2oat).

*Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers drew up a masterful game-plan on Sunday in the eyes of Packers coach Mike McCarthy following Sunday’s seven-sack, two-interception performance, writes Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky (http://tinyurl.com/d4ctn4e).

*Packers third-year offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith steered clear of the flu bug that bit the team’s offensive line this week en route to making his first career start at center (http://tinyurl.com/cwx8kj8).

*Ryan Grant spent most of the year in free agency, but stepped up on Sunday with Alex Green out with a concussion, writes Post-Crescent columnist Mike Woods (http://tinyurl.com/cak7s4z).

*In our Packers notebook, wide receiver/returner Randall Cobb went down with an ankle injury in the second half, putting the team in wait-and-see mode (http://tinyurl.com/ckryu45).

*Mason Crosby finally ended his streak of eight consecutive games with at least one missed field goal with two makes, including a 48-yarder that banked in off the right upright, writes Woods in his column (http://tinyurl.com/bnwvkxe).

*Packers wide receivers Greg Jennings and James Jones (http://tinyurl.com/cb3j6c4) talk about the win while Demovsky and Dougherty offer their post-game analysis (http://tinyurl.com/cug2a3q) in videos up at Packers News.com.

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