Since their outstanding team from the 1990’s, the Packers have made sure their teams have had the talent to not only make it to the postseason, but also compete with the high caliber teams they meet there.
Whether it's Brett Favre and Reggie White or Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews commanding the troops, the Packers always pose a threat when they make it to the playoffs.
In the past 22 years the Packers have had 16 playoff game victories, which include two Super Bowl titles. Favre and the Packers claimed victory after posting a 35-21 score against the talented New England Patriots in 1997. Fourteen seasons later, Rodgers and the Packer squad of 2010 put their names in the history books with a close victory over a tough Pittsburg Steelers. That same chemistry that was present with those teams is very evident in this year’s squad.
Because of their regular season record, the Packers unfortunately didn’t get the first-round bye, so they have to play in the Wild Card round. There they will be facing the tough running game of Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. This game will be held in Lambeau Field, which gives the Packers a slight advantage. However since the Vikings are a solid squad, they cannot be underestimated or taken lightly by them what so ever.
This game should be a bit of a concern for Rodgers and the Packers, especially because, coming into this game the Packers are 1-2 at home in the playoffs in the past 5 years. In 2010, The Pack went on a road trip to Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago before heading to the Dallas for the Super Bowl. So it is fair to say that this Packers group is not used to having games at home.
“Hopefully home-field advantage comes in handy this year for the Pack” said Frank Paruzynski, a Whitnall senior.
Their opponent, the Vikings, snuck into the playoffs this season with a 10-6 record as one of the two Wild Card teams. They and the Packers hope to win their three-playoff games and win the world title. Seeing as the Pack has done it before, maybe this season they will repeat their 2010 run.
Every fan that bleeds Green and Gold is hoping for that outcome as this season looked a little similar to that injury filled 2010 season. Players such as Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson were victims to long injuries throughout the year.
Nate Stemo, a Whitnall powerlifter, stated “If they did it once, they can do it again."
Hopefully this season pans out like most of us hoped it would, with a couple Packer playoff victories, and maybe even another world title to call their own. They've got to take it one game at a time, so their main focus right now is victimizing the recently victorious Vikings in the Wild Card round. If they can do that, they have a pretty good chance of bring home another championship to Titletown, USA.