Commentary

Lessons learned from Packers' losses

The Steelers may be the worst possible Super Bowl matchup for Green Bay

Originally Published: January 25, 2011
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
RodgersJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAaron Rodgers hopes to be celebrating again on Feb. 6.

Ordinarily in this space we analyze the biggest upset from the previous Sunday and what it says about both teams involved going forward. We're now looking back at the worst games that the AFC and NFC champions played over the course of the season, the teams and players that gave them the most trouble and whether or not those weaknesses are likely to impact the Super Bowl.

We'll cover the Green Bay Packers today, and the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.

By Football Outsiders' numbers, the Packers played only four bad games this season, all losses:

at Bears 20, Packers 17, Week 3
Green Bay struggles with pass coverage, letting Johnny Knox catch four passes for 94 yards; Devin Hester returns a punt 62 yards for a touchdown; Packers lose the turnover battle 2-1


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