ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after the Packers scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Back in mid-November, if someone told us that the Green Bay Packers would play for an NFC Championship this season, even their most ardent supporters would have been surprised. At that time, most people believed the Packers were pretty much toast. Although pessimistic, it wasn’t such a crazy thought.  By November 20, after suffering a 42-24 loss to the Redskins on Monday Night Football, the Packers were 4-6 and their playoff chances were bleak.  Aaron Rodgers had been inconsistent throughout the season and sometimes looked like a below average quarterback (this, of course prompted the invariable questions about Rodgers’ “eliteness”).  However, just as they have done many times before, Green Bay was able to turn it around.   After that forgettable night in DC, the Packers rolled off six straight wins to win the NFC North division title.  Two playoff wins later, and Green Bay is now on its way to Atlanta to face Falcons in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game  Let’s take a look back at some of the commentary about the Packers in November…

These Packers are not turning this season around, and they’re running out of opportunities to rebuild around the 32-year-old Rodgers. A house-cleaning is in order.- Barry Petchesky, Deadspin, November 21, 2016

No more evidence should be needed to determine that, at 4-6 and two games out of first place in the NFC North with just six weeks remaining, the Packers are all but out of it for 2016.– Rob Demovsky,, November 21, 2016

Packers, please fire someone now in order to get the attention of everyone who doesn’t get fired.- Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk, November 21, 2016

Washington, the team Green Bay terminated in last year’s playoffs, just drove a stake through this Packers season.- Thomas George, SBNation, November 21, 2016

[…the Packers are] just not good. There is no relax situation coming where [Rodgers] says relax and they roll off the six game winning streak. They are just not good on either side of the football. They have a lot of holes, and it reminds me a little bit of one of those Favre seasons from the mid 2000s where they just didn’t have it, I think they finished 4-12 or something. This team is not that bad, but they are not good either, and I don’t see it turning around.- Bill Simmons, The Bill Simmons Podcast, November 16, 2016


About Fred Segal

Fred Segal, 35, grew up in the Miami, Florida area and currently lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife and two children. He is currently an attorney practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the law firm Broad and Cassel. Fred is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a rabid, borderline unhealthy, supporter of the Florida Gators.

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