Found January 05, 2012 on
Want to win the Super Bowl? As recent history has indicated, you better have as lost recently as Week 15 or forget it. I have a theory that a late-season loss helps refocus/motivate a team. There is *some* data to back me up:
- Last season’s Packers lost in Week 15 to New England 31-27 in a game Matt Flynn had to start due to an Aaron Rodgers concussion. The Packers went on to win six straight to win the Super Bowl.
- 2009, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl upsetting the Indianapolis Colts. Their last regular season loss? Carolina in Week 17 23-10. Oh and they lost in Week 16 20-17 in overtime to Tampa Bay. Again in Week 15, 24-17 to Dallas. So they lost three straight in the regular season games before wining the Super Bowl, for those lacking math skills.
- 2008, the Pittsburgh Steelers won by beating the Arizona Cardinals and their own unpredictable run to the big game. The last time the Steelers lost in the regular season? Week 16 to Tennessee 31-14.
- 2007, the Giant...
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The whole football world is talking about Matt Flynn’s performance from Sunday’s game against the Lions. His performance was incredible, there is no taking away from that but I want to discuss the two prevailing opinions that have come out from this game.
First of all this performance is going to make Matt Flynn a very sought after free agent. Remember a couple of years ago...
For a backup who only played because the Packers wanted to give Aaron Rodgers the day off, Matt Flynn did pretty well for himself on Sunday. Flynn was named the NFC offensive player of the week (joining defensive player of the week Curtis Lofton of the Falcons and special teams player of the week David…
Aaron Rodgers essentially will have had two bye weeks before beginning the playoffs on Jan. 15. Rodgers stayed mentally sharp by calling plays during a portion of Matt Flynn's record-setting performance.
PFT: Aaron Rodgers is the overwhelming choice for All-Pro QB, outdistancing Drew Brees.
By BARRY WILNER,
AP Pro Football Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Calvin Johnson took one look at the voting and smiled broadly.
"That's sweet," he said, as he studied The Associated Press 2011 NFL All-Pro Team. "That's one of the best honors you can have other than being a Super Bowl champion. To be an All-Pro is a tremendous honor."
Johnson and Vikings defensive...
It's deja vu all over again for the Lions secondary. After getting shredded by the Packers' Matt Flynn, here come Drew Brees and the explosive Saints. Pete Prisco says New Orleans will surely follow the same script as Green Bay.
I saw this video yesterday on TotalProSports. How awesome is this dude? The kid’s name is Peter Dill.
With only eight career minutes played, Dill was able to catch the eye of some when he was spotted performing his Aaron Rodgers’ belt celebration from the bench during last year’s Big East Tournament. He was at it once again during Seton Hall’s 75-63 victory over No. 8 Connecticut...
The NFL released its list of All-Pro players on Friday, and many of the players you would expect to be there are, headlined by first-timer Aaron Rodgers. But there are several notable snubs in this list, as there always are. Here are the top five most deserving players to be excluded from this circle of honor.
1. C Nick Mangold, New York Jets
Many say that Mark Sanchez led the Jets...
Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees may be front runners for NFL MVP honors but Tom Brady's been no slouch this season. Rodgers led his team to a 15-1 record and Brees broke Dan Marino's 27-year-old single-season passing record, but Brady was the only AFC quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards. He also led the Pats to a 13-3 record, including eight in a row to end the regular...