Win or lose, the Green Bay Packers create history.
Green Bay, Wisconsin (AP) This was not the normal strategy for developing a championship candidate.Following an 8-9 season, the Green Bay Packers traded four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York
Green Bay has found a way to prosper in the postseason, whatever. According to one metric, the Packers (10-8) are the youngest team to win a playoff game since the merger of the AFL and the NFL in 1970.
They're eager to keep the momentum continuing when they face the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers (12-5) in an NFC divisional playoff game Saturday night."Our mindset is to win the Super Bowl," said wide receiver Christian Watson, a 2022 second-round selection.
History indicated that this was an impractical proposition.The Elias Sports Bureau estimated the weighted age of each postseason roster since the AFL-NFL merger by taking into account the number of games in which a player appeared.
The Packers' oldest player, 32-year-old offensive lineman David Bakhtiari, played only one game before landing on injured reserve.Green Bay's weighted age of 25.58 years gave them the fourth-youngest playoff squad, trailing only the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals (25.22)
Neither of the other three teams won a playoff game. The Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 48-32 in the wild-card round, earning their fourth consecutive victory and demonstrating that playoff success does not require experience.
"Obviously yeah, experience is huge in these situations, but I think we're just confident in our whole team and what we got," Jordan Love, the starting quarterback, said.
"And now it just comes down to execution, making the most of the plays we have, and I think that's what we are doing."