Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 1/28/12
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Trying to come up with a way to capture the entire Green Bay Packers season in one article is proving to be incredibly difficult.  It’s just so much to cover, so many emotions, but I will give it my best shot.

Rodgers tosses Nelson a touchdown pass the first game of the season. Nelson would become one of Rodgers' favorite targets all season (AP/Mike Roemer)

The Packers season started off on the right foot.  Coming off a season in which they won it all as the six-seed in the playoffs, they won their first game of the new season against the dangerous New Orleans Saints on the first Thursday of the season on national TV.

Packer fans then watched their team rattle off twelve straight wins, many of them in dominating fashion.  Packers fans were on top of the world and the phrase “perfect season” was being floated around and was considered a strong possibility.

There were even more high feelings around this team because they were undefeated and looking like a team that wasn’t going to lose to anybody the league could throw at them. In comparison, the 2010-2011 season featured a Packers team that was riddled with injuries but found a way to win, get into the playoffs and then make the Superbowl run.  Seeing this team healthy and dominating opponents got Packers fans thinking a second trip to the Superbowl was almost a sure thing.

The Packers quest for perfection was taken away in a gut-wrenching loss to Kansas City.  With that dream dead, the Packers focused their attention to gaining the number one seed and home field advantage for the playoffs.   The Packers didn’t skip a beat after the loss and beat the Bears and then Matt Flynn had his outrageous game against the Lions in the regular season finale.

15-1 regular season record, undefeated against the division, and undefeated against the NFC.  There was still little doubt in people’s minds that the Packers would be playing for their chance at repeating as Superbowl champs this season.

That is until they actually played a playoff game.

You can read my reactions of the playoff game against the Giants here because I really don’t want to talk about it again.  It’s still too fresh and still painful to think about.

So the Packers season had a great build up and then a big letdown at the end, very similar to a M. Night Shyamalan movie.  I think the reason the loss hurt so much was that many believed that this team was destined for more.  It was hard to fathom that a team that was undefeated until halfway through December would be bounced out of the playoffs after their first game.  And to lose the way the Packers did, they basically lost their fundamentals, was extra painful.  They looked downright bad against the Giants

The season did feature some great play and some really cool moments.  I was ripping on the new kickoff rules in the beginning of the season but Randall Cobb had a kickoff return in the first game of the season, which was awesome, and basically shut me up on the new kickoff rules…well almost.

Aaron Rodgers had an amazing season, throwing for 45 touchdowns and 4,643 yards.  He will most likely win the MVP this season and he deserves it.  He was the best quarterback in the league, winning multiple games doing basically everything by himself.  I don’t have an exact number but there were multiple times that he led the team in rushing yards for the game, which meant he was throwing and running the ball all over defenses.  A real one man wrecking machine.

Aaron Rodgers had an amazing year and deserves the MVP trophy (AP/Andy King)

The offense as a whole had a fantastic season.  They set Packers records for most points scored in a season and most yards gained in a season.  Matt Flynn came off the bench and set a record for most passing touchdowns by a Packer in the last game of the season.  It was a good year to be on the offensive side of the football for the Packers this season.

I can’t forget the receivers.  Jordy Nelson had a big breakout year and made himself one of Rodgers favorite targets.  He ended with over 1,200 yards receiving with 15 touchdowns.  He averaged 18.6 yards per catch, which led the team.  Jordy has placed himself as one of the better receivers in the league after this season.

I had a very love-hate relationship with the Packers defense this season.  While they did give up a ton of yards every game, which became extremely frustrating, they made the stops they needed to, which kept teams off the scoreboard.  They were also very good at taking the ball away, especially getting interceptions out of opposing quarterbacks.

The Packers defense did a great job of creating turnovers all season. (AP/ Gregory Bull)

But that was all during the regular season and that regular season success did not translate to post-season success.   And that’s why it is so hard for me to put this season into perspective.

The Packers are a historic franchise and the success of their season is usually judged on if they win it all or not and this year they didn’t, even though they looked like they would with ease.

By all accounts it was a fun year to watch the team.  It was a great year to be a writer following the team.  And most importantly it was a great year to be a fan of the team.  So much good happened to the Packers this season and there should be no reason why they aren’t doing the same next year.

I just wish this season had ended differently.  But there is always next year.

The season didn't end the way the fans or players wanted it to, but the Packers should be in prime position to make another run next year (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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