Matt LaFleur saw the possibility of another Packers’ Super Bowl creep further away recently, but that shouldn’t detract from the excellent work he’s done as Head Coach.
Veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers still believes there is a chance of some success for the Packers, on the back of the form they showed going into their clash with the 49ers, but they’ll watch on at Super Bowl LIV as the Kansas City Chiefs await John Lynch’s 49ers.
A prediction piece by bwin News explains how the Packers recorded six straight wins ahead of their clash with the 49ers but were undone after a one-sided first half in their NFC game. Their defeat, by 37-20 success at Levi’s Stadium, was Green Bay’s third NFC Championship Game loss in six seasons, severely limiting their hopes of another Super Bowl to go with their 2011 win.
Whilst success has eluded them this season, they’ve got plenty of positive memories to console themselves with before another Super Bowl challenge. To help them commiserate in the wake of that defeat, we’ve put together the best four Packers’ postseason moments.
Al Harris, 2003
The beauty of football is not always in the titles, trophies and successes; it is sometimes caught in one moment, one little snippet of a game that brings so much joy and happiness.
In the wild card game against Seattle, the Seahawks’ Matt Hasselbeck chose to call: “We want the ball and we are going to score” during the coin toss. He then saw his pass intercepted by Harris, who sprinted through for a touchdown.
Brett Favre’s Super Bowl Win, 1996
Brett Favre is listed in the NFL’s All-Time 100 team and is nothing short of a Packers legend, despite his later stint with the Minnesota Vikings.
In 1996, Favre finally got his ring and cemented his place in the Hall of Fame, earning the Packers their third Super Bowl victory and their first since Super Bowl II. It was a wonderful moment for Green Bay residents who had waited patiently not only for the success but also for their hero to finally get what his play deserved.
Such is his legend; the number 4 shirt has been retired in his honor. His actual jersey, the one worn during Super Bowl XXX, went missing immediately after the game.
The Ice Bowl, 1963
The 1967 NFL Championship Game, between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, is perhaps even more famous than Super Bowl II in which the Packers successfully defended the title they won the previous year.
Beating Dallas 17-21 was only part of the story; the fearsome wind chill of -48 degrees added an environmental element few could have foreseen. Bart Starr, labelled by NPR as the hero of the Ice Bowl, scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left on the clock and created a truly great Packers moment.
The Black-Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash performed the half time show at the Super Bowl, but the real show came from Aaron Rodgers, who threw three touchdown passes, two for Greg Jennings and another for Jordy Nelson in the Packers 25-31 victory.
It turned out to be the last Super Bowl victory for the Packers and Rodgers, but perhaps next season there will be one last push after three NFC title defeats in six years.