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Green Bay Packers: Home-Field Advantage Returns to Legendary Lambeau Field

GREEN BAY, WI - FEBRUARY 08:  Fireworks are shot off over Lambeau Field following the Packers victory ceremony on February 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke/Getty Images)
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JD KrugerCorrespondent IIMay 17, 2011

Lambeau Field is highly regarded as one of the greatest stadiums in the NFL. The fervor of the fans, the enigmatic and enthralling atmosphere, and the history within come together at Lambeau every Sunday during the NFL season.

People from around the country travel to Lambeau Field every year to experience that majestic aura.

For years, the Green Bay Packers appeased the masses by winning the majority of their games in front of the home crowd.

That all changed in the early '00's, when the Packers began to fall off the map. Brett Favre was getting sacked on every other play, the defense was no longer dominant, and the Packers had no feature back to hang their hat on.

Having a great record at home usually leads to a successful regular season, which generally leads to success in the playoffs where it matters most.

Of the eight division champions in the NFL last year, only two didn't hold the best home record -- the Philadelphia Eagles (the New York Giants won one more game at home than the Eagles) and the Chicago Bears (winning two fewer home games than the Packers).

The 2010 NFL Champion Packers won seven of their eight games at home, dropping only one home game, in overtime, to the Miami Dolphins.

So does it come as any surprise that the last time the Packers made a deep run in the playoffs (in 2007, when they reached the NFC title game) that it came on the back of a 7 - 1 home record during the regular season?

In four of the five seasons that the Packers made it to the Super Bowl, they haven't dropped more than one game at home. The lone exception came in the regular season leading up to Super Bowl II, when the Packers went 4-2-1 at Lambeau.

If the Packers go undefeated at home again in the 2011 NFL regular season, expect another deep playoff run.

Home-field advantage has returned to Lambeau, and the Packers are once again Champions.

Somehow, everything seems right in the world again.

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