Packers: Top 15 what-ifs of the Ted Thompson era Part 1

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11. What if the Packers won the 2007 NFC Championship?

What Happened?

The Packers lost the 2007 NFC Championship to the New York Giants who went on to upset the then 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

The last throw Brett Favre made in a Green Bay uniform was an overtime interception in this game and it turned out to be the nail in the coffin for the Favre-led Packers as the Giants went on to win the game and Super Bowl XLII after that.

The Packers then moved on to Aaron Rodgers and the rest is history.

What if the Packers beat the Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship?

I really don’t think the Packers winning this game would have altered the franchise that much. Of course going to the Super Bowl is a huge morale boost for a franchise but I doubt that they could have defeated the 2007 New England Patriots who may have been the best team in NFL history.

Green Bay didn’t have the pass rush that the New York Giants had that year and I don’t think they could have pressured Brady like the Giants did in that game. Favre would have had to have played one of the best games of his career to win that game and I just don’t think it’s realistic to think Green Bay could have won that game.

I think the Packers still would have moved on from Favre in the 2008 offseason as Rodgers’ rookie contract would have been up soon but Favre’s trade stock could have of course been higher had he won a second Super Bowl in 2007 or even made it there.

This game is lower than other infamous Packers playoff games because I really don’t think winning it, as fun as that would have been, would have altered the franchise as much as some of the other scenarios that are ahead of it.

It would most likely have just made Brett Favre’s Super Bowl record 1-2 instead of 1-1.

The Packers were probably the best team in the NFC that year but I think playing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that year would have been a bad matchup for them.

A matchup of Charles Woodson versus Randy Moss would have been pretty fun and if Woodson shutdown Moss the Packers would have had a chance but I still don’t know if that would have been enough.

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Seeing Woodson versus Moss in their primes would have seriously been a showdown for the ages though.