It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
It was a season where the Green Bay Packers finished fifth in scoring offense and 11th in scoring defense; it was a season where Packers fans were left questioning everything.
It was a season where the Packers went 11-5 and won the NFC North division crown; it was a season where the Packers were mercilessly exposed in the playoffs.
It was a season where the Packers had everything to win; it was a season where it felt like they won nothing.
It was the Year of Our Lord 2012, the season where quarterback Aaron Rodgers achieved his 29th birthday. After an offseason which has seen the departure of Greg Jennings and little else before the draft, the Packers will again have to fend off the reloading Chicago Bears, the volatile Detroit Lions and the surprising Minnesota Vikings.
With a seventh-best point differential of 6.1 points per game and a Pythagorean Wins mark of 10.3, the Packers didn't overachieve in 2012, so no significant regression is expected.
Yet after Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers flayed the Packers defense alive, there are a lot of questions going into 2013. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers will have to defend against Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick running read-option plays this season—not to mention a likely postseason rematch against Kaepernick if the Packers do well enough.
Will it be a far, far better season for Rodgers and the Packers? Or will they go to a quicker rest than they have recently known?