Packers Own Best Sports Moment of 2011: A Fan’s Perspective

Today, not many would consider the Green Bay Packers to be underdogs. Sitting at 13-1, they appear to be far from deficient in any facet of the game. However, it wasn't that long ago that they were viewed by some as more David than Goliath.

After finishing last year with a regular season record of 10-6, Green Bay went into the playoffs as the #6 seed in the NFC. The Aaron Rodgers-led squad wasn't quite ready to exit the playoffs after one week.

After a convincing win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Packers were primed to take on the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons in the second round. Given the #6 seed vs. #1 seed matchup, it was not exactly supposed to go well for Green Bay. One 48-21 mean green victory later, everyone seemed to be rethinking their opinion of the cheesy team from Wisconsin.

Three weeks later, the Packers were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl XLV and the Lombardi Trophy. The defensive-minded Steelers were being led by Ben Roethlisberger and featured playmakers on both sides of the ball.

With Pittsburgh coming into the post season with the #2 seed in the AFC, the Steelers were looking to celebrate the seventh Super Bowl victory in the prolific organization's history.

60 minutes later on that decisive Sunday, Aaron Rodgers was celebrating a Super Bowl MVP award. The Green Bay Packers battled to the end with the Steelers and came out winners with a score of 31-25.

Rodgers capped off an improbable playoff run with 304 yards passing, 3 touchdown passes and no turnovers. The Steeler's defense, which is known for it's stinginess, couldn't stop the Green Bay offense.

It has been a quick turnaround for the Packers organization. The 13-0 is evidence that the progress has continued into this season. However, It all started back on that February night when the Green Bay Packers won a world championship in 3 A.F. (After Favre era) and that is why this is the Greatest Sports Moment of 2011.