NFL Playoffs: Green Bay Packers Will Not Run the Table

Run the Table
DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 01: Aaron Rodgers #12 and David Bakhtiari #69 of the Green Bay Packers walk to the line during the second quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Green Bay defeated Detroit 31-24. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers have won the NFC North. Not only that, but they closed out the season with six consecutive wins. After losing four games in a row.

After their fourth straight loss, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that they could “run the table” and win all of their games for the rest of the regular season. Rodgers was right, and the Packers are now in the playoffs. The streak won’t make it till the end.

NFL Playoffs: Green Bay Packers Will Not Run the Table

The Packers take on the New York Giants in a NFC Wild Card match-up on Sunday evening. The major key to victory for Green Bay in this game, is to contain Odell Beckham Jr. Something they already did once this season in their Week 5 game against the Giants, holding him to just five catches for 56 yards.

If they win, The Packers are most likely headed to Arlington to face off against the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round. (Barring a crazy upset win for the Detroit Lions against the Seattle Seahawks.) Where once again, they would contend with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. While the Packers team that lost to them in October isn’t the same, Dak and Zeke have also grown as players since then. Not to mention, the Dallas defense has improved as well.

Pack Those Bags

Let’s say the make it past Dallas and go on to the NFC Championship Game, where based on seeding they could face the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are tough team to stop. Especially, since they have a trio of great players. Quarterback Matt Ryanis in contention for the 2016 NFL MVP award. Wide receiver Julio Jones has been explosive all season and running back Devonta Freeman is consistent on the ground.

Undoubtedly, the Falcons present a tough challenge. However, there’s a chance the Packers pull off the win. The Packers do have history on their side as well. In 2010, They also faced Atlanta in the 2010 playoffs and were able to shut down the then #1 seed Falcons en route to the Super Bowl.

Looking at Other Options

Perhaps they play another team in the NFC Championship. What about the Detroit Lions or Seattle Seahawks.

The Packers have beaten the Lions in both meetings this year, but it hasn’t been easy. As for the Seahawks, that game would be in Seattle. Green Bay hasn’t had much luck in Seattle over the years. This put them at a total disadvantage.

In a Super Bowl, in which they’d most likely face the New England Patriots. The only way the Packers could finish running the table, and win the Super Bowl, is if the defense shuts down Ton Brady. This certainly a tough ask for a defense that’s been up and down all season.

Honestly, the Packers won’t even get past the NFC Divisional Round. Not to mention, make it to the Super Bowl. Meaning, that they won’t run the table all the way to February.


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