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The Packers won every home playoff game for over 60 years. Green Bay was 13-0 at home in playoff games until Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons won as 6.5-point underdogs at the end of the 2002 season. Since that 13-0 start, the Packers are a much less intimidating 5-4 in the postseason. Below is the points differential in every playoff game in Green Bay in NFL history:

Aaron Rodgers is just 2-2 in playoff games at Lambeau Field; in fact, he has as many wins at Lambeau as Eli Manning. Manning is one of 8 quarterbacks to win two playoff games in the same opposing stadium; no one has one three. Who are the other 7?

 

  • sacramento gold miners

    Tom Brady kind of owes Drew Bledsoe an assist in the 2001 playoff game at Pittsburgh. He was injured in that game, and was out a short time, with Bledsoe throwing a TD pass. Pats won, 24-17. Troy Brown ran for a TD off a blocked FG attempt in that game.

    • Brady wasn’t just out a short time, Bledsoe played over half the game. In fact, this game is a good example of a big reason Brady got the reputation of being such a clutch quarterback. Whenever he wasn’t playing well (or in this case wasn’t playing at all), his teammates always came through for him and bailed him out.

  • Richie

    I’m a Rodgers fan, but it’s surprising he doesn’t have more of a reputation as a playoff choker. I guess winning a Super Bowl early in your career changes the narrative.

    • I definitely remember the mob forming after he lost that fumble against Arizona. Never mind it was 51-45. But then GB won it all the next year and, yeah, not much criticism of Rodgers since. His individual numbers in the playoffs might help, but narrative pushers generally ignore those anyway, so I dunno.

    • sacramento gold miners

      8-6 in the postseason, and four of those defeats were close ones. The Packers defense collapsed versus Seattle, and was poor in other losses. Rodgers has been just fine in the postseason, I think the Packers will give Dallas a tough game next weekend.

    • WR

      Would you also consider Manning and Marino to be playoff chokers? Because Rodgers has a better W-L record, and better individual numbers, than those guys.

      • Richie

        I don’t really consider anybody to be a playoff choker. There is too small a sample size for playoffs, and if you lose the first game you don’t even get another try that year.

        I believe that guys like Manning and Marino would have winning percentages closer to their regular seasons, if they got to play a couple hundred playoff games. Everybody’s record would be a little worse just due to strength of schedule in the playoffs.

        • WR

          Maybe I should rephrase my question. I guess what I mean is, if you recognize that Rodgers’ playoff record will lead many people to regard him as a choker (whether fairly or not), would you expect those same people to say the same about Peyton and Marino?

          • Richie

            Yes, of course. I think the most famous chokers are Manning and Marino. For coaches it’s Schottenheimer and Marvin Lewis. (Marino a little less, because his playoff losses happened before the internet and statistical analysis.)

  • Craig Morton should get a massive asterisk as one of the other 7, of course.

    • Tim Truemper

      Exactly. Dallas was behind by more than 2 TD’s till Staubach pulled of one of his greatest comebacks.