Born out of a series of Tweets by commenter @RandBallsStu, an idea by your humble proprietor and a sick thirst to rile up Packers fans for no good reason, we present the second installment of our series called, "The Increasingly Lost Season." In this series, Stu will give a brief recap of the Packers' misfortunes as they tumble from 15-1 Super Bowl repeat team of destiny to Randy Wright-esque putridity (even if, in all likelihood, they really don't).
The Green Bay Packers finally won a game in the unfriendly playoff confines of Lambeau Field last weekend, besting an otherwise superior Vikings team that was playing without its starting quarterback. While there will no doubt be an asterisk placed next to it in the record books due to the circumstances, it can no longer be said that the undersized Aaron Rodgers couldn’t win a playoff game in Green Bay. He has now won just as many playoff games at Lambeau as Daunte Culpepper and is just one behind tundra legend Eli Manning, even if he has failed more often by himself than they have combined.
His team’s reward for their phenomenal good fortune: a road game against the San Francisco 49ers, who started the Packers’ downward spiral in this increasingly lost season with a 30-22 demolition in Week 1 at the House of Daunte. Their wild card win may be the very definition of a pyrrhic victory, as they stand little chance of derailing the Niners’ championship aspirations.
No doubt some of the Green Bay diehards will convince themselves into believing a lucky win against an undermanned opponent is a predictor of another Super Bowl run. Their favorite team is healthier and the just-happy-to-go-on-the-big-kid-rides Rodgers has a full complement of receivers at his disposal. Perhaps more importantly, they don’t face the impossible task of winning consecutive games at Lambeau in January.
That said, San Francisco presents match-up problems for Green Bay, in that they’re better at all positions on the field, on the sidelines and in the front office, which is tough to do when David Akers is your kicker. I’m sure some partisans will argue that Rodgers is Colin Kaepernick’s superior, but the fact remains that, at 6’ 5”, the Niners’ new starting QB towers over the diminutive, aging Rodgers. Numbers don’t lie.
I’d love to offer Packers fans some measure of optimism, a reason to bother tuning in on Saturday. But if they love their team as much as they claim they do, then they deserve the truth: an increasingly lost season will finally meet its end at Candlestick Park, and the long process of rebuilding this once-proud franchise can finally begin. I wish them good luck.
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