Sundays just aren’t as much fun when the Green Bay Packers aren’t playing. But they need their rest, so we’ll take a moment to review their awesomeness that has extended through the past three seasons.
Travel back in time to Week 9 of the 2009 season. The Packers were coming off a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that left them at 4-4 at the midway point of the season. They had lost twice to the evil, Brett Favre-led Minnesota Vikings and things were looking uncertain.
Through the next 55 games, Green Bay would go a mind-blowing 42-13. That’s impressive in and of itself, but just wait. Here’s a closer look at their 13 losses:
At Pittsburgh Steelers, December 20, 2009: This game was crazy. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger combined for 886 yards and nine touchdowns. The fourth quarter started with Green Bay down ten points, 24-14. The Packers scored three touchdowns in the quarter, the last one, combined with a two-point conversion, put them in the lead 36-30 lead with 2:06 left. Roethlisberger, however, led a 16-play drive, including a Green Bay interception that was undone by a penalty, to hit Mike Wallace in the endzone with zero seconds left on the clock. Wallace somehow incredibly got his toes down inbounds by a margin of about 0.01 inches for the game winner. That was a heart-breaker.
At Arizona Cardinals, January 10, 2010. I just wrote on this game and I refuse to discuss it any further. I’ll just sum it up by saying that Green Bay lost on a defensive touchdown in overtime. Supposedly.
At Chicago Bears, September 27, 2010: With the assist of 18 Green Bay penalties, the Bears won the game on a field goal with 0:04 seconds remaining.
At Washington Redskins, October 10, 2010: The Redskins won on a field goal on the last play in overtime. This was about the time when the injuries started mounting as Clay Matthews went out with a hamstring injury, Rodgers suffered a concussion, and Jermichael Finley was lost for the year with a knee injury.
Miami Dolphins, October 17, 2010: In a sour repetition of the previous week, Green Bay lost on a last second field goal in overtime.
At Atlanta Falcons, November 28, 2010: Rodgers threw a touchdown to Jordy Nelson to tie the game with 0:56 left, but Green Bay’s special teams allowed a huge return on the ensuing kickoff. Atlanta sealed the game with a field goal with 0:09 left.
At Detroit Lions, December 12, 2010: Rodgers suffered his second concussion of the season, taking him out of the game in the second quarter. The Packers lost by four points, but were able to get inside the Detroit 35-yard line with a minute left in the game.
At New England Patriots, December 19, 2010: Rodgers did not play the game due to his concussion the previous week and Matt Flynn took the reins. Though many expected a New England blowout, the Packers kept it close, getting into the redzone on the final plays, but ended up losing by four points.
At Kansas City Chiefs, December 18, 2010: The 13-0 Packers stumbled against the Chiefs as the high-flying offense stalled at Arrowhead Stadium. The Packers scored a touchdown to cut Kansas City’s lead to five with two minutes left, but the Chiefs were able to run out the clock to get the win.
New York Giants, January 15, 2011: The Packers coasted into a bye week for the first round of the playoffs with a 15-1 regular season record, but played a stinker in their biggest game of the year. The receivers apparently buttered their hands before the game and couldn’t hang on to anything. Rodgers threw an interception after only throwing six picks the entire regular season. The Packers, typically excellent at protecting the ball, fumbled thrice. The Giants beat down the Packers by 17 points.
San Francisco 49ers, September 9, 2012: The Packers struggled against San Francisco’s suffocating defense. While the Packers were able to drive into San Francisco territory in the final minute, the Niners ended up winning by eight points.
At Seattle Seahawks, September 24, 2012: I don’t really need to talk about this game, do I? Fine. The official record shows Green Bay “losing” on a Seattle “touchdown” on the final play.
At Indianapolis Colts, October 7, 2012: In a stunning upset, the Colts beat the Packers by three points. After Indy scored a touchdown with 0:35 left, the Packers drove down the field and missed a 51-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.
What’s my point, you ask? I just want to sum up the Packers last 13 losses: 1 loss in which they got skunked, 2 losses in which Rodgers did not play or did not finish the game due to injury, 2 losses by one score when comebacks fell short, 1 loss on a last-second missed field goal, 2 losses in which the other team scored a field goal with under ten seconds, and 5 losses on the final play of the game.
So, in the last 55 games that the Packers have played, they lost one game by more than one score. Fifty-five games. That’s three calendar years with one loss by more than one score!
In conclusion, the Green Bay Packers are a-mazing and better than your team. Q.E. D.