Once an individual or a group of people (team) achieve a goal that at one time seemed so far away or not possible, it now raises expectations to achieve even greater heights than what was just accomplished.
Or in the very least continue to match the success moving forward.
Such a possibility exists regarding the Green Bay Packers and a milestone the team recently achieved. The Packers, on their way to the 2010 Super Bowl victory, won their two remaining regular season games, three road playoff games, and the Super Bowl, all elimination games, and ended on a six-game win streak.
The next season 2011, they won their first 13 games before losing on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs. All said and done, they went on a 19-game winning streak, including a Super Bowl.
So though very few teams have had such a winning streak, in Green Bay, now that such a winning streak has been obtained, looking at the Packers remaining schedule and considering the health of the opposing teams and some teams with down seasons, one would not be surprised if the Packers ran the table the rest of the way and win their remaining nine games.
Add that to their current winning streak of 4, Green Bay could conceivably be on a 13-game winning streak heading into the playoffs.
Win another 3 (or 4) post season games and a Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy will be hoisted riding a 16- or 17-game winning streak. Thanks to 2010, Packers Nation knows that is possible, but if you were looking at it from a Bears (or Vikings, Lions) perspective, can you imagine? There is no hope that it is even possible.
That’s uncharted territory from their view. Man, it’s nice to be a Packer backer!
Of course, no one wants to look past the next game in front of them. If the Packers would lose 1, 2, or 3 games the rest of the way is irrelevant. Getting into the playoffs is what is important, because once in anything is possible.
The priority is to secure a playoff berth first, then work on seeding, and then get after it. The key is to be playing well at the end of the season going into the post season.
So whatever number Green Bay ends up with record wise, as long as it equals a playoff berth, then the number five becomes the only number that really matters, as in their fifth Lombardi trophy.
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