COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers went into Chicago on Sunday and found a way to defeat the Bears 33-28. There weren't too many people who thought the Packers would be able to pull out the win after Jay Cutler found Brandon Marshall in the back of the end zone to start the fourth quarter, putting Green Bay down 28-20. That was when the Packers decided to make an unbelievable comeback. Eddie Lacy found the end zone from six yards out, and the rest would be up to superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. With just 38 seconds left in the game, Aaron Rodgers found a streaking Randall Cobb on 4th and 8 from the Bears' 48 yard-line to put the Packers on top for good.
Now the Packers have officially clinched a playoff berth, and they know they will face the 49ers in the first round. Can they make a run in the postseason? History proves that they certainly could make a run, as they were the last seeded NFC team in their 2010 Super Bowl winning season. This team is much different and they must find a way to get their defense to step up, but they certainly have the ability to win a couple games.
Aaron Rodgers is back for the Packers, which means that anything is possible. He showed the NFL and the critics that still had doubts about him that he can win big games in big situations, and he will keep the Packers in games. The rushing attack has never been stronger in Green Bay, with both Eddie Lacy and James Starks playing their best football in years, and that will help keep the passing game open for Rodgers. Green Bay's wide receivers are finally healthy, with Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Jarrett Boykin all being able to make plays. The offense will not be an issue for the Packers assuming they don't turn the football over twice like they did against Chicago.
Defensively the Packers need to step up in a big way if they want to make another Super Bowl run. They currently rank 25th in the NFL in rush defense and just 24th in passing defense. Those numbers are not going to be good enough to beat the teams that they will have to face. The 49ers shredded the Green Bay defense last year in the playoffs with Colin Kaepernick on the ground, and they shredded the Packers with the pass in the season opener this year.
Overall, the Packers will certainly be fighting an uphill battle to win playoff games, but they have the talent to make a run. If the defense can figure things out and make plays and get stops, the Packers' high-powered offense will take games over. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm once again, the Packers are a very dangerous team, especially with the way that their running backs have played. This will be a very intense run for the Packers, but don't expect them to be an easy win for opposing teams.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Green Bay Packers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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