As a Packers fan, it’s kind of hard not to be tooting their horn after a huge win in Philadelphia (their 2nd of the season in Philly; weird, but I seem to believe jgome & frost28 saying something about the Eagles winning this one…), but that’s exactly what should be done after they took care of business tonight. Aaron Rodgers looked unstoppable, connecting with 3 seperate receivers for touchdowns, but I thought the man of the night was none other than rookie running back James Starks. The 2010 6th round pick out of Buffalo, who hadn’t seen actual game action in over a year until earlier this season, stepped up in a monumental way, contributing 123 yards on 23 carries. The yardage total would set a Green Bay Packers franchise rookie record for most rushing yards by a rookie in a postseason game.
It really is hard to put into words just how huge of a contribution Starks was for the Pack in this one. I firmly believe without his efforts tonight, Philadelphia would have somehow found a way to win at home. The defense for the Packers was good, but certainly not great, although the pass rush was there for them tonight. All-in-all, it just goes to show you what a run game can do for a team, especially a team that is so dangerous through the air. Will Starks be able to duplicate his success next week against a tough Atlanta team at home? Only time will tell, but if he does have similar success, I have a hard time seeing the Packers walking out of there without a victory.