Since this is "

and vent", I am going to go on a bit of a

here.... so here goes....

I find this kind of analysis odd. It seems to me stretching to find and focus on negative in the midst of so much positive. It seems to me that the accurate way to describe the Packers situation is that they have made the playoffs 8 years in a row, 9 of the last 10 years, and have won one championship. Since the goal is to win the championship, it seems to me championships won is the measure of success or failure of interest.

So where does that stand in the history of the NFL?

The Cowboys and the Colts both have had 9 year streaks, and

**each won only one championship.** Those are the two longest streaks of the modern NFL.

The Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Patriots, and Packers have all have had 8 game streaks. Of those, The steelers won 4, the 49ers won 3, the Patriots won 2, the Packers 1, and the Rams 0.

The Oilers, as mentioned had a streak of 7 and won zero championships.

**So, of the 8 longest playoff streaks in the NFL, only 3 have won multiple championships.**It is true that there are shorter streaks that have multiple championships. But this data clearly points out that it is not an unprecedented failure to be in the position that the Packersy are. It is simply not true that long streaks are usually associated with multiple championships. This streak won't go down in history as one of the all time legendary runs if it ends here, but its final outcome has yet to be determined.

I am not certain that reaching the super bowl and losing is really any better.

The Bills were already mentioned, but how about the Vikings, who reached the playoffs 12 out of 15 years and walked away with 4 super bowl losses? The Vikings still carry the pain of that streak. We have been to the playoffs 9 of the 10 years and at least have a championship, and we are not done yet as Aaron Rodgers likely has at least another five years in him.

Reminds me of when I asked Aldon Roche if he would stop bitching if the Packers went on a deep run, and he said it was unlikely to happen. We have been the the NFC championship game twice since then. You see, the old complaint was we never went on a deep run. We have been to the NFC championship game 4 times in 10 years, winning 1, going to over time twice, and admittedly getting butchered the 4th time. But we have gotten there 40% of the time in the last 10 years. That, is actually quite an accomplishment. Not history making, but pretty darn good.

Most teams have never put together a long streak for consecutive years in the playoffs. We have had 20 years of significant success.

Enjoy it while it lasts.