The Green Bay Packers are one of the most illustrious franchises in NFL history that is one of the oldest in the league. The Packers have been around for a century that have seen them experience much success over that span. The team is on the doorstep of adding another Super Bowl win to their mantel as they are set to play in the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. That has begged the question about their last time trip to that stage of the playoffs.
Packers’ rich history
The Packers are one of the oldest franchises in NFL history that has experienced much success along the way. Since their existence, that has seen them garner 33 total playoff appearances, 19 division titles, and 15 total championships that incapsulate every before and after the 1970 NFL merger.
The Packers have had the luxury of possessing some of the most notable players and coaches in league history along the way. Green Bay is currently second all-time to the Chicago Bears (28) for the most Pro Football Hall of Famers (28).
That includes the likes of team founder/coach Earl Lambeau, Don Hutson, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Reggie White, Vince Lombardi, Ray Nitschke, Herb Adderley, and James Lofton. Future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers currently leads the team that will add another chapter to the legacy in Packers’ history.
Green Bay has engrained itself as one of the most impactful franchises in the NFL beyond winning the first two Super Bowls as they have had a substantial part in shaping what the league has become.
Packers’ last Super Bowl Appearance
The Packers have had their fair share of success throughout the last century, but are currently tied fifth all-time with five trips to the Super Bowl.
The team does hold a nearly flawless record on that stage, winning four out of their five trips with the lone loss coming in 1997 in Super Bowl 32 against the John Elway-led Denver Broncos. However, the team’s last trip came in 2010 in Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Green Bay had entered the game as the first sixth seed in the NFC to reach the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Steelers had finished with the second-best mark in the AFC and were in their then-league-tying eighth Super Bowl appearance.
The Packers took command of the game, grabbing a 21-3 at the half behind a pair of touchdown passes from Rodgers and a pick-six interception. Pittsburgh muscled their way back into the contest in the second half going on a 22-3 run capped by a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace to pull them within 28-25 with over seven minutes left in regulation.
The Packers responded with a scoring driving resulting in a field, but it was their defense that secured the win, forcing a turnover on downs to seal the deal. Rodgers secured the Super Bowl MVP after completing 24-of-39 for 304 yards with three touchdowns and a 111.5 passer rating.
Packers’ Super Bowl 54 Odds
In the first season under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur, the Packers are on the verge of reaching their first Super Bowl in nearly a decade.
Green Bay has a stiff challenge ahead of them against the San Francisco 49ers, who eased by them 37-8 back in Week 12 of the regular season in convincing fashion. Things could be much different this time around with the Packers having the experience to learn from that contest.
Nonetheless, the 49ers are the favorites heading into the NFC title game, which will be a daunting task on the road. If they can avenge their loss from earlier this season, it would put them in line to face either the Kansas City Chiefs or Tennessee Titans.
The Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, are currently the betting favorites to win Super Bowl 54. Meanwhile, the Titans have proven to be the real deal since moving over the Ryan Tannehill with star running back Derrick Henry leading the offense.
The Packers will have their hands full, but having Rodgers under center is a luxury to have that could be the difference in them bringing a fifth Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay.