Packers: Top 5 playoff heartbreaks in Aaron Rodgers era

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Ranking the Green Bay Packers’ top five playoff heartbreaks in the Aaron Rodgers era.

Since Aaron Rodgers became the Green Bay Packers‘ starting quarterback in 2008, the team has experienced some incredible highs.

A Super Bowl victory, eight division titles, and some individual moments of magic along the way have given us some unforgettable memories.

However, there have also been some heartbreaking season-enders.

It’s time for a painful trip down memory lane, looking at the five most heartbreaking playoff defeats in the Rodgers era.

5. Packers lose to 49ers on walk-off field goal (2013)

Not to be confused with the Packers’ most recent playoff game, which ended the same way. Yes, Green Bay has experienced this same story twice in the past decade.

Rewind to the 2013 season. Things were going smoothly until Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. The season was in free-fall.

Fortunately, the rest of the NFC North was a mess. Rodgers returned in time for Week 17 and sent the Packers into the postseason with a fourth-and-8 touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the final moments against the Chicago Bears.

A home matchup awaited Green Bay in the wild-card round, with the San Francisco 49ers visiting Lambeau Field.

In a tight battle in wintry conditions, Mason Crosby hit a 24-yard field goal to tie the game at 20-20 with a little over five minutes remaining.

It was then that Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers’ offense slowly pushed down the field to get in field goal range.

The Packers had opportunities to end a 14-play 49ers drive. Facing third-and-8, Kaepernick scrambled for a first down. Moments earlier, Micah Hyde came agonizingly close to making an interception.

The 49ers killed the clock and got into Phil Dawson’s range. He hit a 33-yard field goal to give the 49ers a narrow victory at Lambeau.