By Kevin Gibson
Obviously, a win next Sunday in Dallas would give the Green Bay Packers a fourth Super Bowl title since competition between the NFL and AFL begat the season-ending championship game, but another kind of history is also in the offing if the Packers play their best game.
We all know that the Packers, in six losses this season, have not lost by more than four, and that two of the losses were by three points in overtime. That in itself is an amazing feat, but here’s another amazing statistic that should keep your eyes fixed on the scoreboard: The Packers have not trailed by more than seven points at any point during this season.
That’s correct: 19 games, and no deficit greater than a touchdown and an extra point. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert reports that this feat hasn’t been accomplished since the Lions did it in 1962 (in only 14 games), and it has happened only five times since 1938.
What one can take away from this amazing statistic is that the Packers have been competitive in every game in which they’ve played; Pittsburgh was similarly consistent, but suffered a 10-point loss at New Orleans, and suffered a 13-point loss to the Patriots during the regular season. The Steelers trailed 27-3 at one point during the latter game.
If this year’s Super Bowl is as competitive as pundits and oddsmakers predict (Green Bay is a 2.5 point favorite), the Packers could mark a rare achievement in consistency. And, of course, Packers fans would happily take a blowout victory as well.
So keep those eyes on the scoreboard.