The story of the 2011 Green Bay Packers had a disappointing end, but it’s still one of the NFL’s best teams of the past decade.
A year after winning the Lombardi Trophy, the Green Bay Packers‘ 2011 season fell flat in the playoffs after a dominant regular season performance.
But it’s that success over those 16 games that makes them one of the best teams in the NFL in recent memory. Tom Blair of NFL.com has ranked the top 10 teams of the past decade, and that Packers teams comes in at No. 8 on the list.
Blair picked a maximum of one season from each team, which meant the 2010, Super Bowl-winning Packers missed out. While the Packers did win a championship that season, they did so as a wild-card team. The 2011 team didn’t match the previous year’s success, but they dominated the regular season and were of the most entertaining teams to watch in recent years.
Aaron Rodgers was unstoppable for almost the entire season, throwing an incredible 45 touchdown passes with just six interceptions, leading the Packers to 15 wins and his first MVP award.
As a team, the Packers had an unmatched 51 touchdown passes and 560 offensive points scored in the regular season.
Green Bay won its first 13 games and its final two, only losing once to claim the NFC’s number one seed. The Detroit Lions also made the postseason from the NFC North, but Green Bay finished five games ahead of Detroit.
Unfortunately, when looking back at this season, fans are reminded of how it all ended. Entering the playoffs with a great chance to win back-to-back Super Bowls with home field advantage and the league’s best offense, the Packers were upset by the New York Giants at Lambeau Field in the divisional round. And it was the Giants who would go on to win the championship.
But no matter how it ended, this team was almost impossible to stop in the regular season and is deservedly ranked as one of the best teams of the decade.