Reader response: Packers points to ponder
Which Packers playoff loss in the past decade was the most difficult to deal with (chronological order):
1) Super Bowl loss to Denver
2) 1998 season playoff loss to 49ers
3) Favre's six-interception game at St. Louis
4) First-ever home playoff loss to Atlanta
5) Fourth-and-26 (enough said)
6) OT loss to Giants
Rank them in order yourself. Tough, huh? List them 1 through 6, the toughest being first, and we'll tally up your responses and run the results Thursday.
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You can eliminate the St. Louis game first. The rest virtually are a tossup.
You never wanted Green Bay to lose a home playoff game, so Atlanta gets consideration. Not just beat, but dominated.
Still, the hardest moments to forget are unforeseen, sudden-impact endings. That Young to T.O. pass was the single toughest play to deal with. Coming off the Super Bowl loss, you started wondering what was going on here?
That game showed that Green Bay's chances of becoming the co-team of the '90s along with Dallas just might not happen.
Maybe if they'd beaten the Broncos the year before, the Packers don't lose that Niner game. Who knows?
At the time, the Eagle game was just as frustrating as the 49ers'. Simply, it was a game that should not have been lost. No way, no how.
The Super Bowl loss was to a legendary quarterback and a team that showed it was the better team that day. And, hey, at least the Packers made it to back-to-back Super Bowls and the future still looked promising.
Sunday's setback stung because 1) they were expected to win and go to the Super Bowl, and 2) they played horribly, 3) they still could have won and 4) they're not going to the Super Bowl!
Keep in mind we're not even including the 31-17 home loss to Minnesota in 2004 -- after Green Bay swept the Vikings in the regular season.
1) 49ers loss
2) Eagles loss
3) Atlanta loss
4) Giants loss
5) Broncos loss
6) Rams loss