The Green Bay Packers completed their historic 2010 season as Super Bowl XLV Champions. After beating the No.1 seeded Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the playoffs, and their division rivals the Chicago Bears in the conference championship, the Packers became the first NFC team to win a Super Bowl as a No.6 seed.
Behind the arm of Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, the Packers were able to solidify a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and may well become the first team to hold the title of Super Bowl Champions for more than a single year (if a lockout occurs for the 2011 season, that is).
The Packers had an incredible run during the playoffs, which featured several backup players making headlines. With starting running back Ryan Grant going out in week 1 with an ankle injury, it was backup Brandon Jackson who carried the ground game until rookie reserve James Starks popped up on everyone’s radar.
During training camp, Starks sustained an injury and was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He made his NFL debut in Week 13 and had 18 carries for 73 yards. Almost a month later, he set the Packers’ rookie post-season record for rushing yards in a single game and soon found himself to be an asset for the team.
The real star and leader of the Packers, though, was clearly “The People’s Champ” Aaron Rodgers. He dominated opponents through the air the entire year and finished the season with a 101.2 passer rating, 3,922 passing yards and 28 touchdowns.
Once he finished the season with the Lombardi Trophy, he immediately became an elite quarterback in the league. His skills as a passer were never questioned, and the only thing he was missing was a championship, so there is no doubt that he is one of the best out there now.
To football fans, this season was just a glimpse of what Rodgers can become if he has healthy guys around him for an entire year, which is bad news for the other teams in the league competing against them.
This offseason, the Packers will look to add depth to their defensive end, offensive guard, and running back positions. Despite the breakout games for Starks and Jackson, the Packers are still looking for a reliable threat in their backfield now that Grant seems to be prone to injuries.
If the 2011 NFL Season happens, Packers Tickets for the first home game of the season where the Packers will get their Super Bowl rings will most likely be one of the highest priced tickets all season in Green Bay and possibly even for the entire league.