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Heading into the final week of the 2010 season, the Green Bay Packers' playoff hopes were on the line. The Packers needed either a win against the Chicago Bears or for the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to both lose in order clinch the sixth NFC wild-card seed.
When the Packers played the Bears in Week 3, they were defeated, 17-20. In their Week 17 matchup, the Packers were tied with the Bears all the way up until the fourth quarter, 3-3. The Packers finally scored in the fourth, giving them a 10-3 lead that they would hang onto to win and clinch a playoff berth.
In their first game of the playoffs, the Packers were matched up in a wild-card game with the third-seeded Eagles at home in Philadelphia. The good news for the Packers was that the Eagles' record for the season at home was only 4-4, with one of those losses coming to Green Bay in Week 1.
The Packers led the Eagles for the whole game and won 21-16, advancing them to the NFC Divisional Round against the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons.
For the Packers, playing at the Georgia Dome was a much more hostile environment, as the Falcons had lost just one game at home all season and had already defeated the Packers 20-17 in Week 12. Until midway through the second quarter, the teams were neck-and-neck trading scores, but then the Packers took off and never looked back. Green Bay defeated the Falcons, 48-21, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers played a nearly perfect game, throwing 31/36 for 366 yards and three touchdowns.
All of a sudden, the Packers were starting to look like a playoff threat—a team that was hitting their stride at the right time.
For the NFC Championship game, the Packers would face their historical rival for the third time that season, the second-seeded Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
The Packers got off to a hot start and led 14-0 going into halftime. At the end of the second quarter, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was injured and never returned to the game. The Bears did not score until the fourth quarter to make it 14-7, but the Packers immediately struck back with a B.J. Raji interception and touchdown, making it 21-7. The final score ended up being 21-14 and, once again, the Packers survived.
Going 3-0 on the road in the postseason, the Packers became the first ever NFC No. 6 seed to make the Super Bowl.
In the Super Bowl, the Packers jumped out to a 21-3 second-quarter lead and the Steelers never recovered. Led by the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson, the Packers won Super Bowl XLV, 25-31.