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Bart Starr, Aaron Rodgers. | Photos: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Super Bowl Frenzy: 2010, Lombardi Champs Draw Comparisons

By Jay Sorgi

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GREEN BAY - The 2010 Green Bay Packers will go into team lore as another one of those amazing stories that will be told, retold, and retold again.

This team gets that stature, not just for winning a world champioship - which is revered enough among Packers Planet - but for the incredible journey they took en route to the ultimate title in their sport.

We football fans love to do comparisons to help us understand better what we've just seen and experienced.

Perhaps the best one out there with this team is another Packers squad that will forever be celebrated in team lore, the Super Bowl II champions from the 1967 season.

They are both loved, not for their dominance, but their persistence through adversity.

Let's compare them, shall we?

Year
1967 2010
Coach
Vince Lombardi
Mike McCarthy. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mike McCarthy
Record 9-4-1 (.679, 2nd-worst for Super Bowl champion) 10-6 (.625, worst for Super Bowl champion)
Injury Issues Bart+Starr.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
Bart Starr suffered injury to throwing hand, limiting his effectiveness during 1st half of season; team forced to use 3rd string running backs during Super Bowl run
Charles Woodson. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Forced to put 16 players on injured reserve for the season, including Nick Barnett, Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant and Mark Tauscher, lost Donald Driver and Charles Woodson during Super Bowl XLV
Running Back Who Came Out Of Nowhere To Spark Playoff Run Chuck+Mercein.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
Chuck Mercein,
rejected by N.Y. Giants, picked up from semi-pro team, scored touchdown in conference playoff win over Rams, produced 35 of 68 yards in climactic drive in NFL Title Game win over Cowboys
James+Starks.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
James Starks,
drafted despite missing senior year of college and called up from physically unable to perform list, ran for 123 yards in wildcard win over Eagles, scored key touchdown in NFC Title Game win over Bears
Blowout Upset Win Over Team With Conference's Best Record Travis+Williams.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
Conference Playoff vs. L.A. Rams
(11-1-2): 28-7 win
 
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Divisional Playoff at Atlanta
(13-3): 48-21 win
Quarterback With Legendary Playoff Run
Bart+Starr.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
Bart Starr
: 102.7 quarterback rating, 5 TD's (4 passing, 1 running), Super Bowl MVP
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Aaron Rodgers
: 109.9 quarterback rating, 10 TD's (9 passing, 1 running), Super Bowl MVP
Signature Touchdown Bart+Starr%27s+%2815%29+quarterback+sneak%2C+with+the+help+of+a+block+from+Jerry+Kramer+%2864%29+leading+to+a+win+over+Dallas+in+the+Ice+Bowl%2C+the+1967+NFL+Championship+Game.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
NFL Title Game (vs. Dallas): Bart Starr's game-winning touchdown sneak on "frozen tundra" with :13 left in 4th quarter of Ice Bowl
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
NFC Title Game (at Chicago):
B.J. Raji , "The Freezer," sneaking into zone coverage and picking off Caleb Hanie for critical 4th quarter touchdown
Signature Character Win Boyd+Dowler.+%7C+Photo%3A+Milwaukee+Journal+Sentinel
NFL Title Game (vs. Dallas):
Battling minus-12 temperatures, gaining minus-9 yards during major stretch of game, Packers drive 68 yards in final minutes to win record 3rd-straight championship, 21-17.

Super Bowl XLV (vs. Pittsburgh):
Overcoming injuries to Donald Driver and Charles Woodson which knocked them out of game, gaining just 12 yards during 3rd quarter, Packers drive 55 and 70 yards to score 10 critical fourth-quarter points in winning record 13th championship, 31-25.

 

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