“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi
Watching the Green Bay Packers make 48-21 mince meat (or minced poultry) of the Atlanta Falcons this past Saturday evening, one could not help but be struck be the utter totality of the effort.
After a bit of a slow start that saw the Pack fall behind 14-7 (after an Eric Weem's 102-yard kick return at the 12-minute mark of the second quarter) Green Bay proceeded to outscore the NFC's top seeded 'Birds 41-7 over the final 42 minutes in a jaw-dropping performance that had to grab the attention of every NFL fan on the planet.
Coming into the season the Packers were co-favored with the Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC North. Neither did as the Chicago Bears emerged, but Green Bay was somehow able to overcome a near season-long plague of injuries to get hot at the right time and now find themselves a single game away from the big dance in Dallas on Feb. 7.
Let's take a look at how they got to this point and while we're at it, join the Green Bay Packer nation in digesting a few pearls of wisdom from the man himself, NFL legend Vince Lombardi.