By bowing out of the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-26, the Green Bay Packers have lost in the NFC Championship once again. Last year, they got rocked by the San Francisco 49ers when Raheem Mostert ran over the Cheeseheads for over 200 rushing yards. There seems to be a recurring theme here and it stems around their failures to make the Super Bowl in recent years.
This is a similar fate that the Philadelphia Eagles faced in the early 2000's. Losers of three straight NFC championship games, Philadelphia had to wait until the fourth try in that era to make the Super Bowl. They ultimately lost to New England, 24-21, some time before winning their first championship. It seems that the Packers are headed towards that same destiny.
However, there are some differences. For one, Donovan McNabb doesn't hold a candle to Aaron Rodgers. While McNabb is more mobile than Rodgers, he doesn't have the passing prowess that No. 12 does for Green Bay. However, there is some uncertainty with the future of Aaron Rodgers as he calls his future a "beautiful mystery."
There's also a difference in coaching philosophies. Matt LaFleur loves the play action, seeing a renaissance in Green Bay's running game. Andy Reid leans toward college-style offenses. He's embraced a West Coast-style offense, which explains Patrick Mahomes's meteoric rise. Still, McNabb didn't feel like a solid fit in Reid's offense despite his talent. Rodgers doesn't have that problem, which makes this a mystery.
Are the Packers the new-age Philadelphia Eagles? Possibly. All we know is that there's some drama surrounding the Packers right now. This is especially true with Jordan Love waiting in the wings. Where will Rodgers go? Where will the Packers go once he leaves? These are questions that will arise if he eventually leaves. In the meantime, Packer fans will have to deal with possibly being the new green team that falls just short of the Super Bowl each year.
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