Nobody wants to run into the Green Bay Packers in the postseason.
Upset victories in consecutive weeks have pulled the Packers back into contention for a wild-card berth. A favorable five-game stretch to close out the regular season gives Matt LaFleur's team a chance to clinch an unexpected playoff spot.
But how far can this team go? While they would enter almost any playoff matchup as underdogs, especially on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles or San Francisco 49ers, could this young Packers team make a run?
The Cincinnati Bengals did something similar in 2021. They weren't considered contenders early in the season, especially during a 5-4 start, but Joe Burrow and the offense quietly got hot late in the year. Cincinnati went on a magical playoff run, eliminating the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Kansas City Chiefs before falling just short in the Super Bowl.
Could the Packers take a similar journey against all odds? Let's look at why it could happen.
Packers are beating contenders
Green Bay snapped a four-game losing run with a comfortable victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9, but nobody took it seriously. The Rams were without Matthew Stafford. It meant nothing. Or so we thought.
The Packers made a statement with their impressive win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, only four days after beating Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers. But was it a fluke? A one-off? No. Green Bay backed it up with another fine performance to defeat the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13.
Green Bay isn't just holding its own against the NFL's heavyweights. Matt LaFleur's team is beating them.
Of course, doing it again in the postseason is another story, but the Packers have shown they can go head-to-head with the best teams in the league.