It goes without saying that winning football games in December is important. And when it comes to winning home games in December no one is better than Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Dating back to 2006, the start of the Mike McCarthy era, the Packers have essentially been unbeatable at home. Since that season, the Packers are an incredible 16-2 in December games at Lambeau Field.
One of those losses came to the Houston Texans in 2008 — the other other came to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. Rodgers started and lost to the Texans, but missed the Steelers game with an injury.
So yes that is correct — Rodgers hasn’t lost a home game in December since 2008, has only lost one home start in his eight-year stint as a starter and has currently won 12 straight in front of the Packer faithful during the Christmas season.
Of course, the Packers will put that record on the line this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, in a rematch of last season’s NFC Divisional playoff game. Yet, Packer fans have to feel optimistic, because as hard as it is to beat Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau, it’s near impossible to do in December.
And with the opportunity to reclaim sole possession of first place in the NFC North with a victory it’s not an over exaggeration to say it’s a must-win game.
If the Packers win Sunday, they will ensure themselves a shot at the division crown in Week 17, when the Vikings invade Lambeau for what will likely be the NFC North title game. And with their recent success in December — the Packers have to like their chances if that is ultimately what unfolds.