Packers 2011 Schedule – Just when the Green Bay Packers’ bid for a perfect season appeared to be in jeopardy against the New York Giants, quarterback Aaron Rodgers needed 58 seconds to show why the 1972 Miami Dolphins should be concerned. Very concerned.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles under pressure from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Rodgers tossed 369 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers’ win.
Miami is the only NFL team to run the table en route to a Super Bowl championship, sweeping what was then a 14-game regular-season schedule and finishing 17-0. Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay, in winning the NFC North and securing a playoff berth at 12-0, displayed the kind of firepower it needs to keep rolling.
After desperate New York (6-6) tied the score on Eli Manning’s 2-yard toss to Hakeem Nicks and D.J. Ware’s conversion run, Rodgers needed four quick strikes to position Mason Crosby for a 30-yard field goal as time expired and a 38-35 victory on Sunday.
Counting last year’s magical playoff run as a wild card, Green Bay stretched its winning streak to a franchise-record 18 games and set a team mark with its 10th road win in a row. The 1966-67 club also had swept nine in a row away from Lambeau Field.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy referred to the clinching of a playoff berth as “part of the journey.”
“We want to make the playoffs and get that home-field advantage,” he said.
Green Bay awaited the outcome of Sunday night’s game between the visiting Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints to learn whether it will have its first NFC North title since 2007. The Packers needed a Lions defeat to celebrate that accomplishment.
McCarthy did not dismiss talk of perfection.
“I clearly understand the 16-0 gig and the importance of it,” he said.
He noted that maintaining a one-game-at-a-time approach is imperative.
“We’re 12-0 but we need to get to 13-0. We have other goals in front of us before we can even entertain that,” he said. “So, I hope we are in position to talk about that, but right now we really aren’t.”