Green Bay Packers fans have enjoyed the rise of Jordan Love throughout the second half of the season. The rest of the NFL world is beginning to see how well Love is playing.
Fans of the other NFC North teams have endured three decades of Packers success powered by the elite quarterback play of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. We're a way off crowning Love the next all-time great, but he's made an impressive start.
Love dominated a Dallas Cowboys defense that ranked fifth in scoring this season, throwing three touchdown passes with a near-perfect passer rating in a 48-32 destruction of the No. 2 seed.
You know who didn't enjoy this game? Chicago Bears fans. Making it even worse is the comments of their former head coach.
Former Bears head coach believes Jordan Love can lead Packers to upset against 49ers
Former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is a fan of Love.
A former head coach and offensive coordinator in the NFL, Trestman wrote an excellent article for The 33rd Team, breaking down Love's playoff performance versus Dallas.
"His surgical dissection of Dallas' defense was not simply a case of a quarterback operating from the pocket, reading coverage, going through progressions and finding wide-open receivers," writes Trestman. "This was a magical performance at the highest level and a master class on what teams look for in a modern-day NFL signal caller."
Trestman added that "Green Bay has a legitimate shot to punch its ticket to the NFC Championship" if Love can continue his "elite level" of quarterback play.
The Niners present Love's toughest test to date, but he has overcome excellent defenses in recent weeks, including that of Trestman's former team. The Bears' defense had dominated in a 4-1 stretch before Week 18, but Love looked comfortable in the season finale, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns with a 128.6 passer rating.
Minnesota's defense ranks 11th in DVOA; Dallas is fifth. Love threw for 528 yards and six touchdowns against them in Week 17 and the wild-card round, respectively.
Few expected the Packers to reach the NFC's final four, but here they are. And Love is one of the main reasons why. He is earning praise from around the NFL, including a former Bears head coach.