The game was right there.
By the game, I mean the horror story that was the 2014 NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Green Bay Packers’ downfall on the big stage is still painful to think about to this day. Up 19-7 with under three minutes left, the Packers somehow botched their chances of another Super Bowl appearance.
Green Bay’s veteran corner, Tramon Williams, is one of seven current players that were members of the 2014 team. However, instead of dwelling on the past, Williams is looking forward to Sunday’s Divisional Round game against the Seahawks.
“We knew that when it was Seattle, that it was going to be another tough opponent, just like they’re all going to be,” Williams said Monday. “Another opportunity, another opponent that we’re looking forward to.”
If anyone has any reason to still have a sour taste in their mouth from 2014, it’s Williams. In overtime, Seattle wide receiver Jevon Kearse made a tough contested 35-yard touchdown catch to win the game with Williams in coverage.
Unfortunately, many thought that would be his last play as a member of the Packers. During the offseason, Williams signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns but eventually returned to Green Bay in 2018.
Sunday will be Williams’ first playoff appearance since the Seahawks nightmare, but he’s hasn’t thought about what could have been, instead using it as a learning experience.
It doesn’t stick at all,” he said. “It’s a new year…it doesn’t stick in my mind at all, man. One of the opportunities that you live and you learn from.”
Even though he is in his 13th NFL season, Williams doesn’t like a 36-year-old defensive back very often. This year, he’s intercepted two passes after failing to do grab one last season. His consistent play over the years has made him one of the most trusted leaders in the franchise.
With his continued focus and longevity as a successful contributor on defense, Williams has earned it.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.