“When you get a matchup like that, you’ve got to take that chance.”
Even if your pinkie is killing you.
Derek Carr called Joe Namath Youth Jersey his dislocated right pinkie finger “some of the most pain I’ve ever felt in my life” after returning to help lead another comeback victory.
Imagine the pain, then, felt by Carolina after Carr’s injured digit actually improved his deep passing game — helped, of course, by a black glove on his right hand that resembled something Luke Skywalker wore after getting his hand chopped off by Darth Vader.
Brooks has been one of the team’s more consistent offensive linemen this season. The former Houston Texan signed a five-year, $40 million contract to join the Eagles via free agency this offseason, and the move helped solidify a guard position that gave them considerable trouble in 2015.
With Brooks out, quarterback Carson Wentz operated behind a line missing two of its original Johnny Hekker Youth Jersey members, with a third, Barbre, playing out of his intended position. Wentz was sacked four times.
That defense stopped the bleeding after giving up 40-plus points in consecutive weeks.
About the only thing unsightly about the Packers offense was hidden by whatever Rodgers did behind the bench in the third quarter, when he disappeared into a tent that’s used for either a bathroom break or a medical exam. Rodgers limped his way through the rest of the game, favoring his left leg, but said after the game that he’ll be “good to go” moving forward.
“It’s been a rough four weeks,” Rodgers said. “We haven’t played a complete game yet maybe this season, so this was a great effort in all three phases for us.”
But we didn’t have that anymore. It was gone. Just like the energy in the building. That stuff quickly evaporated over the last month and a half of the season. Now we were just football zombies throughout the week. Clock in and clock out. Take some notes, and head home.