Well, here we go again. Our beloved Green Bay Packers are one win away from getting into the playoffs as a wild-card team. Just like last year, it's win-and-in for the Pack. A win against a division opponent at home in January at the Frozen Tundra.
An all-or-nothing game at home, let alone at legendary Lambeau Field, should give confidence to all Packers fans. Recently, however, big games at Lambeau have been nothing but heartbreak. The Packers have not won an elimination game at home since beating the Rams back in 2020.
The losses have been painful, to say the least, as almost all of them were games that could have been won barring a blunder (Scotty Miller TD in 2020, Talanoa Hufanga blocked punt TD in 2021, penalties and not showing up in 2022).
New-look Packers can overcome final regular-season hurdle
The Packers haven't been able to capitalize on having home-field advantage recently, but this year feels different. This Packers team has been fun (and frustrating) to watch, which has made for one heck of a year. The big difference is how young this team is and their hunger to win.
It's like in Rocky 3 when Apollo Creed preached about the "look in the eyes" of young and hungry boxers. "Eye of the tiger, Rock. Eye of the Tiger."
That fire and drive to win has been missing from this team since they became Super Bowl champs over a decade ago. Sure, they have made some runs, but this team has too often played to "not lose" rather than "win" in recent years. In big spots, they either come out flat (Atlanta and San Francisco NFC championship games) or can't close (Brandon Bostick).
Enter Jordan Love, leading the youngest team in the NFL within striking distance of the playoffs. We have seen this team grow before our eyes and thrive as underdogs. While they will not be underdogs on Sunday, they have that "Eye of the Tiger" mentality that this team had been missing in previous years.
From veterans like Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon to the young core of receivers, this has been the most fun team to watch, and there is no telling how high their ceiling can go. Many of us did not expect to be in this spot in September, but now that we are here, we will see this young team do what recent teams couldn't do: Walk off Lambeau Field as winners.