GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Two losses, 82 points allowed. Those are the results of the Packers' past two visits to the divisional round of the playoffs.
If there is one key reason Green Bay has not been able to make it back to the Super Bowl since winning it all on Feb. 6, 2011, it's been the Packers' lackluster postseason defense.
It made some sense when Green Bay gave up 37 points to the New York Giants in last year's playoffs. After all, that was a defense that, despite a 15-1 record, struggled all season to get stops. Those Packers allowed more passing yards than any team in NFL history and finished 27th in sacks. The only redeeming factor was their league-leading 31 interceptions, but when the turnovers weren't coming, players couldn't sell the bend-but-don't-break' philosophy with much conviction.
This season was supposed to be different. For the most part, until Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers, it was. General manager Ted Thompson drafted defensive players with the tea...