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Brett Favre: Packers will reach Super Bowl LI

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The retired Packers quarterback believes his former team will return to the Super Bowl this year.

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Brett Favre might have spent the final seasons of his Hall of Fame career opposing the Green Bay Packers, but he has hopped back on the bandwagon in retirement. During an interview on SiriusXM, the former gunslinger called the Packers Super Bowl frontrunner as the playoffs begin.

"Taking emotion out of it, I believe the Packers are the team to beat," Favre said, "and I believe that they will be in the Super Bowl."

Favre went on to discuss how Green Bay, like the rest of the playoff field, has significant flaws. However, in his view, the Packers "are as close to hitting on all cylinders as possible." Favre singled out Aaron Rodgers for praise and described the team's defense as "opportunistic."

As the No. 4 seed in the NFC, the Packers have one of the longer paths to a Super Bowl appearance. Should they defeat the New York Giants this upcoming Sunday, they would then travel to either Atlanta or Dallas to play an opponent that beat them previously this season. And while Green Bay could theoretically host a second playoff game this season, the chances of the sixth-seeded Detroit Lions winning their next two games appears rather minimal. For the Packers to reach the Super Bowl, they probably need to win two road games.

Of course, the Packers managed to win three road games as the No. 6 seed on their way to a Super Bowl XLV victory five seasons ago. Perhaps that track record explains Favre's confidence in his former team's Super Bowl chances this year.

"No one has stopped the Packers yet, have they?" Favre said. "Maybe the Packers have stopped themselves, but I don't believe that anyone has really shut down the Packers yet, and I don't think they will."

Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. He covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.