2. Packers’ struggles in the playoffs
This is a concern the Packers can’t fix until January.
For years, we wondered how things could be different if only the team secured home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Playoff exits to the San Francisco 49ers in 2012, the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, and the 49ers in 2019, all had the same thing in common. They were played on the road.
Get them at Lambeau Field and it will be a different story.
Until it wasn’t.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers outplayed the Packers in the 2020 NFC Championship Game and walked away with a victory. That game was in perfect Green Bay conditions at Lambeau Field.
A year later, the 49ers overcame frozen conditions — Packers weather — to leave Lambeau with another playoff win.
Green Bay has owned the No. 1 seed in each of the past two seasons. That has resulted in three home playoff games, with Matt LaFleur’s team going 1-2.
Home or away, the Packers need to end their Super Bowl drought and show they can win the biggest games on the grandest stage in January.
Perhaps unfairly, the Packers are often labeled a great regular season team, but not so much in the playoffs.
It’s time for that to change.