This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
I would of course advise you to abandon all hope regardless of the situation, but it's rarely more appropriately said than to the opponent of the Rams in any given week.
A seemingly possessed Packers defense made the Sean McVay offense appear fallible early, battering Jared Goff repeatedly and tormenting him otherwise with the coverage of Jaire Alexander, who seemed to materialize like a ghost in front of Goff's targets at the last second.
After forcing the Rams offense to punt five times in a row to open the game, the Packers received a punt with 3:04 left in the first half, somehow up 10-0 as nine-point road underdogs. This is normally the script of a resounding upset. By the end of the half, however, the game was 10-8, and deep down you knew the dream was dead for Green Bay. You might have forgotten that realization by the time you saw Greg Zuerlein preparing to kick off to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense with 1:56 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, a seemingly ornamental two-point lead being the only buffer between the Rams and certain Rodgers heroics. You should have trusted your first gut instinct.
When Ty Montgomery fumbled that kickoff, it was hard to attribute it to anything but a supernatural predetermination that the powerful unceremoniously stomp out the lessers, fixing a script that for some reason isn't up for negotiation. Packers fans did not take the result well, which is understandable, but