Playoff Fever Spreading Quickly : Packers Insider

Playoff Fever Spreading Quickly

December 28, 2009 by  
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Dec 28, 2009, By Tom Silverstein, Journal-Sentinel

~As they walked off the field Sunday, the furthest thing from the Green Bay Packers’ minds was head-to-head meetings, conference or division record and common opponents.

The Packers only had the playoffs on their mind.

After beating the Seattle Seahawks, 48-10, at Lambeau Field, and improving their record to 10-5, the Packers were officially in the playoffs. By virtue of the New York Giants’ loss to the Carolina Panthers, they are guaranteed a wild-card spot, something a lot of people couldn’t have imagined seven games ago.

“People were asking if I was surprised we’d be here after being 4-4,” right tackle Mark Tauscher said. “I’m not surprised. We have a lot of high-character guys and we have a lot of talent. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Heading into their regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, the Packers have won six of their last seven games, the only loss a 37-36 shootout at Pittsburgh a week ago. They have reached the 10-victory mark for the second time in four years under coach Mike McCarthy and will enter the playoffs as a long shot for the Super Bowl.

But they’re in it, and all they have to do is look back at the team that beat them in the NFC Championship game during the 2007 season to see that it’s possible to make it to the Super Bowl winning three straight games on the road. Whether they’re this year’s New York Giants or just fodder for a higher-seeded team remains to be seen.

"I'm going to talk about it (the playoffs) all day and all night, the whole week. We have to win against Arizona and not let down. We just have to stay focused." - Jermichael Finley

"I'm going to talk about it (the playoffs) all day and all night, the whole week. We have to win against Arizona and not let down. We just have to stay focused." - Jermichael Finley

“Now we’re in the dance and now we have to show up,” said tight end Jermichael Finley, who has become a key cog in the offense. “I’m going to talk about it (the playoffs) all day and all night, the whole week. We have to win against Arizona and not let down. We just have to stay focused.”

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