The Packers are running out of time to solve those problems before the playoffs, but they are getting much better at bouncing back from their mistakes.
"We didn't lay it down," tight end Jermichael Finley said. "Teams have known for us to lay it down in the second half, and we didn't do that."
Sizing up the NFC playoff picture
The Packers came into the season with playoff expectations. But they got off to a disappointing 4-4 start, giving up too many sacks, drawing penalties, allowing long returns at critical points in games and not getting consistent pressure on the quarterback.
But the Packers were called for a whopping 11 penalties for 175 yards Monday night. And they had two more setbacks on special teams, giving up a long kickoff return and missing a 38-yard field goal.
"A win's a win in this league," center Scott Wells said. "You've got to find a way to pull out games like this. Each one is critical and to be able to come out in this environment and overcome our mistakes is huge. That's something we weren't able to do earlier this year."
This season, the Packers are worst in the league in penalties called (108), penalties accepted (98) and penalty yards (905).
"It's definitely tough," rookie linebacker Clay Matthews III said. "But our team has found a way to keep battling, keep fighting back. We do need to cut down on them, but we're going to enjoy this win and hopefully take it into next week."
Then there's special teams.
"The timing felt a little bit weird, but we have to look at the film," Crosby said. "It's tough to break it down. Yeah, it did feel a little off, but sometimes that happens. I just didn't feel like I was able to finish through the kick."
"We're shutting them down, shutting them down," Crosby said. "And then every once in a while, they break one out on us. ... I'm not worried. Guys are running hard, working hard, we just have to eliminate that big play."
"It was a big win for us," Williams said. "It was great to get this win and show what we can do even when we don't play our best game."
If the Packers can't correct all their flaws in time for the playoffs, at least they're learning how to rise above them.
"Obviously there were a few hiccups here and there, things we're going to have to address -- penalties, giving up a few big plays," Matthews said. "But other than that, we did a good job. Good enough to get a win, and that's the most important part."
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