Pack it up, pack it in, let the playoffs begin. The Green Bay Packers, the youngest team in the NFL, the team that has been underestimated all year long (including this game) is playoff bound after defeating the Chicago Bears.
Hearing all the experts pick Chicago and Justin Fields to go into Green Bay and knock them out of the postseason brought a smile to my face. Why you ask? The answer is because this team is at its best when no one believes in them. I will be the first to admit that going into this year, I was concerned about how this team would perform.
Being 31 (32 this Friday) years old, my whole life was Favre and Rodgers. The transition from those two happened when I was 16 so, naturally, I knew Favre. I loved watching him but a lot of his early-year magic happened when I was just learning the game. When Rodgers walked off the field last year after that brutal loss to Detroit, it hit home knowing things would be different. It was tough to imagine that this team would take a step forward after losing their future Hall of Fame QB.
Crazy little season called Love: Packers future is bright with Jordan Love
The Packers won that game. Love and Aaron Jones were the main reasons why. It was the first win in the post-Rodgers era, and it had us all thinking that maybe, just maybe, this team would be OK.
“Why doesn’t he show any emotion?” my father yelled out. Little did we know that 18 weeks later, it would be what we loved about Love the most.
Love reminded all of us what it was like to just enjoy watching football again. Sure, there were the bad losses, there were the growing pains, but throughout the whole year we saw this team grow before our very eyes.
Jordan Love, despite all the drama and all the criticism, is the leader of this Green Bay Packers team for the foreseeable future. If you look at the big wins this year for the Packers, you will see that Love has elevated his game when the cards are stacked against him.
This man does not get rattled when he is on the road in enemy territory, it almost looks like he enjoys it. Pick any big game, in Detroit, primetime against Kansas City, at Minnesota, or Week 18 against Chicago, Love has stayed calm and given us his best.
So, here we are Packers Nation. It has been one heck of a season for the team we love. There have been good wins and bad losses for 18 weeks with this squad. While next week isn't a certainty, we can all agree that one year after being hurt , we now believe in a QB named LOVE.