As you probably have gathered by now, I’m a Green Bay Packers fan. And this season was one of the roughest in recent memory. Basically, the last time we did this bad, Aaron Rodgers was in his first season as the starter, and we missed the playoffs altogether, going 6-10 for the year. However, all of those losses were by 5 points or less, so it’s not to say we were doing terribly, just not good enough. Since then, we have gone to the playoffs for five years straight, and have also claimed the division title three years in a row. This is all well and good, but only one year did we take it all, winning the Super Bowl. This year it was hard to even imagine making the playoffs, let alone going to the Super Bowl. At the beginning of the season we were all ready for it, but by the time we were 5-2 and facing Chicago for the first time, Rodgers was injured and we didn’t see him play for seven weeks. During that span we had three losses in a row, a tie, two wins, and another loss. Sitting at 7-7-1, we had a must win situation in Chicago to even go to the playoffs. We managed to pull that off, and as a result won the division as well, giving us a home playoff game during the wild card round.
I was hoping it was any other team that had to come to us. Seattle and Carolina were the first two seeds, gaining a 1st round bye. If we faced anyone but the 49ers, we probably would have won this round and progressed further. We still could have won this game, given a timely interception or a touchdown on our last drive rather than the field goal we posted. But, these are all could have beens, and those don’t change a damn thing. We lost by a last second field goal. We lost by 3 points. I had to hear about it all day from any and every one. I was in a bad mood all day, to say the least.
But this means there’s one less thing to worry about. I don’t forsee the 9ers going all the way this year, and if they do I will root against them, just like I did last year. One thing is for certain though, if we face them again next year it’s about damn time we get some revenge. In order to do that, we need to draft wisely. Last year we focused on improving the running game, and that made a huge difference in our season (though it would have been more noticeable had Rodgers not been injured). This year we need to focus on offensive linemen and defensive players to compliment those we already have. And for fuck’s sake, can the injury bug move to some other team? I’m all for the drama throughout a season, but I’m not sure how many more injuries I can take. Sure the 9er fans can talk shit, but would they have made the playoffs without a decent quarterback? I think not. Think back to the Alex Smith years, pre-Harbaugh. Exactly. Don’t forget the 20 years they couldn’t beat us either. We will get back up on the horse, and another Super Bowl is coming our way very soon. Mark my words.