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He called it; he predicted something special

Greatest one-game coaching job I've ever seen


Tom from Waltham, MA

Yesterday, you put Derek from Eau Claire, WI "on the record" when he said "something special is going to happen." Can you get Derek back here today to give us some stock tips or something?

Derek is a believer, and his belief was rewarded. He deserves it. "If you can make one heap of all your winnings, and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss." Derek taught us a lesson. Imagine his joy today. It can happen when you believe.

Justin from Danbury, CT

What words of solace would you have for those of us who feel like traitors for giving up hope?

Betrayal denies us the joy of triumph. It's better to believe and fail than to betray and win.

Richard from Madison, CT

"Grit and determination." Boy, you sure nailed that!

When it was 17-0 in the first quarter, it's all they had left. When you lose your grit and determination, you have nothing. You've quit. They didn't quit. What's more, this team found its identity. Now we know who and what they are. December defines a football team.

Dave from Ellendale, ND

Vic, with :06 left on the clock, what lede had you written?

I had not written my lede. That is the honest-to-God truth. When the Lions were flagged for the facemask penalty, I knew the ball would be moved far enough forward for Aaron Rodgers to reach the end zone. I was in the media interview room, watching the game on television, which is on delay. I've come to listen for the crowd reaction, because the play is over before I see it happen on TV. I heard a faint groan, and I said to a man sitting next to me, "They scored!" He said, "No way." And then we saw it. I like covering the endings of games this way. It's very memorable. Memories make us rich.

Ted from Findlay, OH

Vic, the talking heads have a lot of opinions about the facemask call. Given the position of the ref, I don't think he could have called it any differently. Do you think he would make the same call if he was positioned to the side of the play?

I haven't had a chance, yet, to view the play a million times and blame the officials for one of the most dramatic finishes I've ever covered and a memory I will cherish until the day I die. I'll do that later this morning, after I get a couple of hours of sleep. I'll be happy to give my opinion on the call in my chat at one o'clock.

Alex from Durham, England

Vic, what a win; best thing I could have woken up to. Went to bed over here around 3:30, when we went 20-0 down and thought it was done. Incredible resilience from the team. I can't wait for next weekend now. Are we favorites for the North again?

They're favorites, but I don't know for what they are favorites. I'm just sure they are favorites. I trust fate to provide the answer. I can wait and not be tired by waiting.

Martin from Tisovec, Slovakia

It seems Eddie Lacy gets better in a season with the increased number of touches. Right now, he is not getting them. The Packers will need Eddie for the stretch run, but have the coaches lost confidence in him?

When Coach McCarthy was asked why Lacy's playing time was limited, Coach McCarthy said Lacy "didn't have a great week." The Packers need Lacy to have a great week.

Tom from Utrecht, The Netherlands

Why wasn't there an extra point on the walk-off touchdown?

The Packers took a knee.

Paul from Janesville, WI

Vic, was this the kind of thing you live for?

I live for December. I'll leave September and October for the stat boys. I need the drama. It defines my otherwise boring existence.

Steve from Beaver Dam, WI

Was the decision to promote John Crockett at the last minute based on him having a fresh pair of legs?

I think it was based on belief in doing what is right.

Scott from Lincoln City, OR

Vic, I woke up at 2 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep, so I decided to re-watch the game. I'm actually glad Crosby missed that field goal.

Drama just gave the Packers a feeling no pep talk could ever achieve. The Packers have a chance to become that proverbial hot team in December.

Jess from St. Paul, MN

Were the lights on in Green Bay last night, Vic? Our guys deserved it.

I don't know because my lights went out as we were landing. I can tell you this: All the lights were on along the Packers' sideline. That is the best one-game coaching job I have ever seen.

Ric from Melbourne, Australia

That Hail Mary was great, but now I fear it will pull attention away from the still quite horrendous state of our receiving corps.

We're not going to do that today, Ric. We did that all through November. It's time to give worry a rest. Fate will do the worrying for us.

Wendell from Porto Alegre, Brazil

You went to Green Bay to cover big games. Is this one in your top three since then?

It's No. 2.

Ted from Pittsford, NY

Vic, I know that line about play-calling in your midnight game recap last night was for the "Ask Vic" readers. Do you think you will get less plays stuff in your inbox now?

They're not here today. How could they be? I feel sorry for them, that they can't participate in this joyous event.

Nuno from Carregosa, Portugal

I read some comments after the game, questioning why Calvin Johnson wasn't playing defense on that last play. What's the logic of that? Do it just because he's tall?

Because he's tall and he can catch. If defensive backs could catch they'd be wide receivers. I expressed the same Calvin Johnson opinion to Wayne Larrivee on the way home last night. As the ball is tumbling toward the end zone on that type of play, the ball skills advantage is decidedly in the offense's favor. What I found out later is Coach Caldwell was expecting a lateral play, not a Hail Mary, which would explain why Johnson wasn't in the game.

Brad from Delray Beach, FL

Vic, it's December and there are no leaves left on the receiver and offensive line trees. What you see is what you get.

The Packers' belief in their players was rewarded. Now, those players will grow. It's a fine line that separates belief from stubbornness.

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