This is another one of those flashbacks where we have to go back four years to find the last time the Chargers met their upcoming opponent. That's to expected, of course, with an NFC team. Here, we go back to the 2007 season to look at the time the Chargers traveled to Wisconsin to face the Green Bay Packers. This was an interesting game, in that the Chargers were coming off a pretty embarrassing loss to the Patriots on the road, while the Packers were off to a good start for the first time in several years.
This matchup would prove to be all about the quarterbacks. Brett Favre was in his last season with Green Bay (though we all didn't know it at the time), while Philip Rivers was only in his second year as the starting quarterback and was still making a name for himself. Both QBs were extremely accurate and efficient--Rivers completed his first fourteen passing attempts, and 15 of his first 16 including two touchdowns.
Thanks to some nifty coverage by Shaun Phillips, the ball fell incomplete, and San Diego took over on downs. It wasn't going to be terribly easy, though, as they were essentially at the 6-inch line, under the shadow of their own goalposts. To Rivers's credit, he picked up a first down on 3rd and 8 when he hit Antonio Gates for an 18-yard gainer up the sideline. Unfortunately, the Chargers weren't able to do much more after that and were forced to punt it away. They'd pay the price.
One play after punting, Favre found Greg Jennings for a 57-yard touchdown, giving the Packers the lead. San Diego had just over two full minutes and a pair of timeouts, however, so it was entirely doable for Rivers to lead the Chargers back. Four plays into the two-minute drill, though, Rivers was picked off by Nick Barnett, who returned it all the way back to the SD two yard line. Two running plays later, the score was suddenly 31-21 Green Bay with only a minute left in the game. The Chargers would manage to tack on a field goal, but the Packers recovered the ensuing onside-kick attempt, and the game was over.
I had the pleasure (displeasure?) of watching this game with my mother-in-law, who is a rabid Packer fan. By the end, I got to hear all about "#4!" and "we're going all the way!", and various other things. What's even more fun, is that I plan on attending this weekend's match-up, also with aforementioned mother-in-law. Yay?