Super Bowl 2012: Packers Destined to Face Another Defensive Juggernaut

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers are sneaky hot and will once again feature in the Super Bowl against an AFC defensive giant. 

Who cares if the Pittsburgh Steelers have exited the stage after a beatdown from Tim Tebow and divine providence. Okay, it didn't help that their roster was devastated by injuries as well. 

You can slide out the Steelers and replace them with their AFC doppelgangers in the Baltimore Ravens. This is the team that will finally find their way to the Super Bowl. 

I have them winning a close game against a like-minded Texans team and then getting over on the Patriots with good ol' fashioned defense.

If that weren't enough, I like Joe Flacco to tear up the Patriots secondary. 

Sure, that leaves out the possible miracle team Denver Broncos. There is no way they get past the Patriots' offensive juggernaut and then the Ravens' purple curtain. 

This brings me to the Green Bay Packers. Lost amidst the Tim Tebow hoopla is the Packers, who are still the team to beat. This might not get much run in the media until they take on the NY Giants and destroy their fine season with a victory. 

The Packers have a hard road to get back to another Super Bowl, but that doesn't mean they won't. The Giants' inconsistent defense worries me heading into a clash with one of the best most versatile offenses in football. 

After that, we either have a shootout with the Saints or an ugly game with the 49ers. In either, I would give the edge to the Aaron Rodgers-powered Packers. 

In any other season, we would be talking up the Packers at a nauseating rate. Instead, that Tebow guy has the Packers in the shadows. 

It's about time they emerge as the best thing going in football. After just a few minutes of Rodgers, we will remember where the hype belongs. 

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