Green Bay Packers 2011 NFC North Champs

By Michael Terrill

The Green Bay Packers secured a playoff spot before they even took the field Sunday due to a Chicago loss. The next goal did not take much longer to accomplish.

With an impressive win over the New York Giants and a Detroit Lion loss to the New Orlean Saints Sunday night, the Packers clinched their first division title since 2007. This was a big part of the puzzle for head coach Mike McCarthy and his squad in 2011. Last year Green Bay fully expected to win the division but when Chicago was crowned champs, the Packers took it to the next level by beating them in their own house and then going on to win Super Bowl XLV.

The next step is to win homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. With a two-game lead over the 49ers with four to play, it is looking like a goal that is not far out of reach. The Packers have not played a playoff game at Lambeau Field since losing the NFC championship game to the Giants in 2007.  To only have to win two games at the “Frozen Tundra” for a shot at another Super Bowl title is something Packer players and fans dream about. Not to mention no away team in their right mind wants to play January football in Green Bay.

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