Congratulations Green Bay Packers – you are going to the Super Bowl! In a very close game of “epic” proportions, the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14. This is the first time since 1998 that Green Bay will appear in the Super Bowl and its fourth appearance – in case you’re not familiar with their record, they won Super Bowls I, II, and XXXVI, and lost in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers offense early on to a 14-o lead in the first half, but was unable to get much going in the second half. Chicago, however, started scoring, earning its first seven points shortly after the start of the fourth quarter.
It’s pretty unbelievable, but the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears will battle each other for the title of NFC Champion this coming Sunday, January 23, 2011. With a legendary rivalry between the two teams, the contest will be nothing short of epic. The only time the two played against each other in the postseason was in 1941 (back before the days of the NFC and the Super Bowl).
Being a Packers fan, I am obviously hoping they win and go on to win the Super Bowl. They have had some struggles, but the team has really gained momentum in the past few weeks. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has really grown as a top-tier professional in the three years since taking the starting position. Coach Mike McCarthy is making great calls and changing it up for his players. Linebacker Clay Matthews and Cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams are disrupting the opposing teams’ offenses and causing turnovers. Wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings are playing at the top of their games. Running back James Starks and Fullback John Kuhn have really taken the running game beyond outstanding. Overall, there are many great players on the team this year that have stepped up to make it a Super Bowl caliber team.
It will not be an easy battle. The Bears also have many great players and have just as good a chance of winning. The media is calling it epic, legendary, and whatever else they can think of. I personally think that it will be generally a great game to watch.