The Green Bay Packers have a chance to play in Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas on February 5. A win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday makes them the 2016 NFC Champions. Then, the Packers are only one win away from being almost the same as the 2011 New York Giants.
Making the Comparison: 2016 Green Bay Packers and 2011 New York Giants
In 2011, the Giants went through a whole mess of struggles during their season. Despite all of that, they finished very strong and made the playoffs, as NFC East division champions and the fourth seed.
Now, five years later, the Packers are on a very similar path, as those Giants. Much like the 2011 Giants, the Packers had major struggles during the regular season. Especially the middle portion, where Aaron Rodgers was not himself and the team lost four straight games going from 4-2 to 4-6. However, since then, the team has been the hottest team in the NFL. Racking up six wins in a row to win the NFC North division and earned the right to play a home Wild Card game as the fourth seed. Once again, similar to the 2011 Giants.
When the Giants made their run, they played in two consecutive road games to make it to the Super Bowl. The Packers won their first road game in the divisional round against the Dallas Cowboys 34-31. If they win in Atlanta, they reach the Super Bowl winning two consecutive road games.
Perhaps, they even face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, which makes things even closer to the road the 2011 Giants faced.
A win in Super Bowl LI gives the Packers a win over a top-dog Patriots team. Something not only the 2011 Giants accomplished, but even the 2007 Giants did as well.
Although, the Packers wouldn’t face an undefeated Patriots team, as the 2011 Giants did, the current Patriots squad is just as talented. It is honestly quite scary how close the 2016 Green Bay Packers and 2011 New York Giants journey could become. Now, the fun part is getting to see if the Packers complete the story.