It was a night of frustration which turned into a comeback and miracle finish for the ages.
620WTMJ's Voice of the Green Bay Packers, Wayne Larrivee, believes the Packers' 27-23 triumph over the Detroit Lions can be the sparkplug for them - particularly on offense, where they have mightily struggled at times in midseason.
"You hope it would. That's for sure. I think they did some really good things in the second half offensively, to kind of get themselves back into it. Julius Peppers made a big play to help them out, but Aaron Rodgers cashed it right away for a touchdown. I thought the Packers showed a lot of resolve," said Larrivee on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."
"The defense gave up 17 points early in that game, but Detroit only scored six points the rest of the way. All of that, I think, to me, those are the things I take away and hope 'Maybe they found something here.' "
Coming up on Sunday, however, is a Dallas Cowboys team that might only be 4-8, but whose defense does not resemble that of an also-ran - more like a contender, as it ranks 5th in the NFL, third against the passing game.
"This is a legit defense...the best defense the Packers have seen since Carolina. This is going to be a real test. The Packers have to have their act together offensively to get the job done."
One hope Larrivee has is that running back Eddie Lacy, who saw very limited action Thursday after having been caught breaking curfew the night before the Lions game, returns to the form and focus that led him to win the 2013 Rookie of the Year award.
"It's funny...there are priorities in life. Everyone's priorities don't line up the same way. I don't know. Eddie is kind of a laid back guy. Maybe he needed to be held out of that game to get the message across to him," said Larrivee.
"I think he has to run the football effectively down the stretch this last month of the season for the Packers to have a chance offensively to get it back on track."