For much of Sunday’s NFC championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, I thought I would be writing something different.
I thought I’d be talking about how Green Bay conquered Seattle. How the Packers were on the cusp of a second Super Bowl title in five years…..but I guess, in the end it wasn’t meant to be.
Today, after Green Bay’s heartbreaking 28-22 loss, I’m not a blogger or a sports reporter. Just a fan. A fan with a broken heart.
Forget teenage heartbreak, this hurts much, much worse.
The Packers loss to the Seahawks in overtime on Sunday is the kind of loss that anyone with a Packers affiliation will never forget. I for one know I never will.
The missed opportunities are too many to count. Time and time again Green Bay could have put the game away. But sadly, for whatever reason they just couldn’t.
I won’t get into the few plays that make me cringe the most. The plays that kept me awake last night as they ran through my head over and over and over again, haunting my mind like a nightmare I can’t seem to awake from.
It may sound stupid, irrational, maybe even childish, but fan is short for fanatic and there’s nothing rational about a fanatic of any kind.
With all that said, I STILL LOVE MY GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love them with all my heart. And even though we are all hurting right now, the fans, players and coaches must know that the Pack will be back.
Despite yesterday’s painful loss, the fact is the Packers are loaded with young talent and a quarterback with 5-7 prime years left, if not more. And that is still a perfect recipe for Super Bowl success.
Sure, I feel awful for Aaron Rodgers, Julius Peppers, Mike McCarthy, Eddie Lacy and every other player, coach and front office employee.
They put their heart and soul into that game, into this season and it simply wasn’t enough. But don’t mistake that loss for the end of an era because the days of winning consistently and competing for championships are not over in Green Bay. Not by a long shot.
In fact, they may just be the beginning.
Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Nelson, Randall Cobb, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Morgan Burnett, Lacy, Micah Hyde, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers, Sam Shields, Sam Barrington, Josh Sitton, Corey Linsley, Bryan Bulaga, T.J. Lang, Mike Daniels, David Bahktiari, McCarthy and Ted Thompson are among the many reasons why Packer fans should look forward to the future.
Green Bay is not going anywhere. The team that has played Seattle tougher in Seattle than any other team in the NFL during this run is here to stay.
No matter what happened yesterday, the Packers proved they are as good as any team in football and I’m proud of them.
If they get new contracts done for Cobb, Bulaga, Letroy Guion and Tramon Williams or Davon House with their usual bevy of cap space they will be loaded again. And with a slew of first and second year players getting better before our eyes, Green Bay is here to stay as a perennial title contender.
So let’s mourn together, Packer fans, on the new black Monday. But tomorrow, let’s look forward to free agency, the NFL Draft and the 2015 season. Because even though this loss feels like a mortal wound that may never heal, it doesn’t change the fact that when it comes to the Packers, the future is as bright as it’s ever been.