There’s No Place Like Home

The Packers are now among the teams saying this phrase headed to the playoffs.  There’s no place like home and for the Packers it is once again true for the playoffs.

The Packers dismantled the hapless Bears last night to the tune of 35-21 and 5 Aaron Rogers TD passes.  In doing so, they clinched the #1 seed in the NFC and assured themselves home field advantage throughout their playoff run.  So, for the other NFC teams, all roads will go through Lambeau Field and that suits the Packers just fine.

The game also accomplished something else for the Packers.  It eliminated their storied rival, the Bears, from playoff contention for this season.  Not only did they ensure that all games on the road to the Super Bowl would be played in their own home stadium, they also ensured that the Bears wouldn’t be involved in any of them.  Definitely a good place to be if you’re the Packers.

Something else was ensured by the win also, the Packers win moved the Falcons into the playoffs as well and possibly set a rematch of last year’s battle but this time it will be on the Packer’s home turf.

Rodgers surpassed Lynn Dickey’s single-season franchise record of 4,458 yards passing with one game left.  Packers coach Mike McCarthy is unsure how much he will play or rest his starters for the last game of the season against the Lions.  Both teams are now in the playoffs and thoughts will definitely turn towards keeping people healthy and avoiding injury rather than wins.  It could definitely mean that the last game of the season sees a lot of playing time by someone other than the starters.

The win was the Packers’ 4th over the Bears in the 2011 season.  The Packers once again gave up a lot of points in the game and a lot of yards.  Their defense still ranks next to last in the NFL.  But it’s the offense and Aaron Rogers arm that teams just can’t seem to overcome.  Especially the Bears this season.

The Packers have home field advantage throughout the playoffs now and surely they are all saying this morning, there’s no place like home.

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