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Cheese Curds, 1/1: Packers look to rewrite, not repeat last year’s history

Jordan Love is playing at a tremendously high level, and he’s determined not to let the Packers fall short of a playoff spot again next weekend.

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Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

365 days ago, the Green Bay Packers blew out the Minnesota Vikings on the penultimate Sunday of the 2022 regular season. That set Green Bay up with an 8-8 record and gave them a chance to clinch a playoff berth at home in week 18 by beating an NFC North rival.

That was last year. But on New Year’s Eve 2023, that history repeated itself, despite a different quarterback being under center for the Packers. Now it’s on Jordan Love and company to rewrite the ending to the story, rather than repeating the finish a year ago.

The Packers — and surely any fans reading this — remember the sting of last year’s week 18 defeat at the hands of the rising Detroit Lions. And they are bound and determined to not let the Chicago Bears give them the same feeling next Sunday when the two teams finish out the 2023 regular season.

Behind the Numbers: Packers showcase growth in dismantling Vikings | Packers Wire
OC Adam Stenavich called the week 8 loss to the Vikings the “lowest point” for the Packers’ offense. Last night might well be their highest.

How the Packers find themselves one win from the playoffs after beatdown of Vikings - The Athletic ($)
A 100-yard rusher AND a 100-yard receiver, a big game from the pass rush, and dimes from Love — it all added up to a dominant performance over an outmatched Vikings team.

Rapid reaction: Same situation, different vibe for Packers’ offense | Packers.com
Love is cooking right now, which has this team feeling very differently compared to last season, and they’re getting huge contributions from players up and down the roster.

Jordan Love on Packers' Week 18 win-and-in scenario: 'Everyone remembers last year' | NFL.com
Love is determined not to let his team have the same feeling of letdown and regret as it had a year ago, when they lost to the Lions in week 18 in a win-and-in scenario.

Woman sues Hershey’s Co. over Reese’s pumpkins without faces - pennlive.com
The woman wants $5 million in damages because the actual item inside the package didn't have the face cut out of the chocolate. Good luck with that.