Green Bay Packers: The Least Surprising Underdogs To Make the Super Bowl?

Erik PaulCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  (L-R) Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 and Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate the Packers 21-14 victory against the Chicago Bears with the George Halas Trophy after the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers are just the second number six seed to make it to the Super Bowl, and the first from the NFC. They've beaten each of the top three seeds in the NFC on the road, and are looking almost unstoppable.

With a 10-6 regular season record, the Packers could tie the 1988 San Francisco 49ers and 2007 New York Giants for the worst record by a Super Bowl champion if they can beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.

But is anyone really surprised they've made it this far?

If you look at the Packers six losses this season, four were by three points and two were by four points. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured in the two four point losses. The losses in Week 5 and Week 6 were both by field goals in overtime after losing the coin toss.

Basically, the Packers were unlucky to only be 10-6.

After winning in Week 16 and Week 17 to clinch a playoff spot, the Packers were headed for Philadelphia.

In Philly, the Eagles were favored by just two and a half points, and the Pack proceeded to beat them 21–16 to earn a trip to Atlanta to play the NFC–leading Falcons.

In Atlanta, the 13–3 Falcons were favored by just one and a half points, and the Packers put a licking on them, 48–21. 48 points scored was a season high for Green Bay, and earned them a spot in the NFC Championship in the Windy City against their hated rival Chicago Bears.

The Packers were actually favored by three and a half points at Soldier Field. Once again, the Packers beat the spread and now head to Dallas for the Super Bowl.

The Packers were never out of a game this entire season and anyone who was counting them out clearly shouldn't have.

They now head into the Super Bowl as one and a half to two and a half point favorites, and no one should be too surprised if they cover the spread.