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All of those need to be under the tree

CB Keisean Nixon
CB Keisean Nixon

Brock from West Lafayette, IN

Good morning! Mike, you better watch out. Looks like Wes brought in some muscle in the form of Braun Strowman to protect his lunches! What's your counter move?

Tell him I've got The Rock on speed dial. That'll get his attention.

Cory from Mauston, WI

Mike, I am going to keep my expectations in check for Monday night! Just get the win. I do predict that if you can make it through your live blog without using the word "Mercy" we will come out on the right side of the game! That needs to go away from our vocabulary for the remainder of the playoff push!

For the record, I don't think that made it into the live blog. Yeah, a good sign.

Joe from Pittsburgh, PA

Kudos to Kenny Clark for a dominating performance tonight. It looked like Aaron Donald had put on a Packer uniform. What a beast!

Clark is a workhorse on the interior taking on those double teams. I'm sure the week off did him and his legs a world of good.

Dave from Huntsville, AL

5 targets, 5 catches, 55 yards. I'd say Romeo is back.

I love the way he snatches the ball with his hands. There's a snap to his catches. Hopefully this is just the start of a strong stretch run for him.

Jonathan from Walnut Creek, CA

Definition of complementary football: See second half Packers vs. Rams. Offense TD-Defense three and out-Offense TD. So nice to see the green and gold come together (albeit a bit late in the season), definitely the best start-to-finish game of the season. Even if we don't end up in the playoffs, this was a great vision of what our future potential may procure.

The 2022 draft class had one heck of a night, that's for sure. The game-deciding stretch of complementary football to start the second half also included the third phase – a 17-yard punt return by Nixon (plus the facemask penalty) for great field position.

Anthony from Jamestown, ND

Do you think the key to being a successful return man is physical traits, or is it more intangibles like mindset and vision?

It's everything. Keisean Nixon has a lot packed into his 5-10, 200-pound frame. He's a treat to watch play the game.

Ben from Chicago, IL

Is special teams fixed? Is that all it takes -- to get the right returner?

It certainly helps, but it also takes a better holder on field goals, fewer penalties, better tackling as well.

Joseph from Vermillion, SD

What was your favorite postgame quote? Mine was: "That's a great question for Rasul." … It's almost as if someone told him about that Patriots game and it put the idea in his head and he couldn't help it.

Douglas gave a great explanation to reporters of what happened. It's in Wes’s story on the defense. But he didn't really explain why because I don't think anyone can.

Mike from Algoma, WI

Now that is how you close out a game!

12 plays, 85 yards, 7:12 off the clock, then three kneel-downs for the final 1:39. The second half time of possession was 21:56 to 8:04. That's absurd, but as both LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers said after the game, "That's winning football."

Tom from Saugus, CA

Well, a win is a win but they will need to play much better than this to beat the Dolphins on the road. Still a few mental errors and a few bad breaks but against a banged-up Rams team they did not prove fatal in the long run. This team still does not strike me as a playoff-caliber team given the mental lapses and inconsistencies, but I am enjoying these last games of the season as they are all win or stay home just like the playoffs. GPG!

The Packers haven't proven they're a playoff-caliber team. They have three tests in that regard and must pass all three.

Chuck from Sun Prairie, WI

On one of his touchdowns, Dillion received push help from behind. I think, with his extra effort, he would have scored without the assist. Hope he doesn't have a concussion. What did you see in this win that leads you to believe we can win versus Miami?

Several nice holes in the running game against a strong run defense. Effective ball-control football. The defense's best pass rush since Gary's injury. All of those need to be under the tree on Christmas day.

Kristen from Glendale, AZ

Thank you for the beautiful article about Crosby. As amazing as our team of players is, there is no one I respect more than Mason. His commitment to family and community is inspiring, especially in light of his similar commitment to his team. I hope Packer Nation appreciates the rare gem he is. Men like him don't come around very often (let alone stick around for 16 seasons).

If you haven't yet read Wes's great piece on Crosby, be sure to check it out. I know it's cliché, but he truly has been the same guy since the day I first talked to him as a rookie, and that's rare in this business.

Chuck from Benton, KY

Do the Packers retire Crosby's No. 2?

If he gets into Canton, which is not a given, I could see it being up for discussion. If he doesn't, then it won't happen.

George from North Mankato, MN

Hello Mike, are there any salary cap ramifications in releasing Sammy Watkins? Can you point to anything that prevented him from making a bigger impact this season? Do you have any memorable stories of his time in Green Bay?

Unless he's claimed, the Packers owe Watkins his salary for the rest of the season because he's a vested veteran who was on the roster Week 1. I don't know all the ins and outs, but a combination of injuries, mental errors, not being on the same page with the QB and other miscommunications rendered him ineffective. It's too bad it didn't work out. I give Watkins credit for always being receptive and accommodating to the Green Bay media when he arrived and when things weren't going well. I found him to be an engaging interview.

See scenes from the Monday night matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Dec. 19, 2022.