The Green Bay Packers, almost a playoff afterthought in Week 15, are world champions for the 13th time and 4th in the Super Bowl era. Their 31-25 victory in Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers capped a remarkable late-season run to glory, one that began with them sitting at 8-6 and needing to win out and get help just to get into the tournament. But despite not even winning their own division, they are firmly entrenched in history as world champions. As we go inside some of the numbers, we see some incredible feats by Green Bay in 2010.
> The Packers are the first team since the 1962 Detroit Lions (seriously, the Lions) to never trail a game by more than 7 points at any point in the season. That, including the fact that all 6 of their losses were by 4 points or less, is nothing short of stunning. It’s also worth mentioning that they were a meager 2-6 in games decided by 4 points or less, with unimpressive wins over the Lions and Vikings at home being the only non-blemishes.
> Their 6 regular season losses match the 1988 49ers and 2007 Giants for the most by any Super Bowl winning team. But their 3-5 road record makes them the first-ever Super Bowl champion with a losing record away from home. The 07 Giants are the only title winner with a losing home mark (3-5).
> They are the first team since the 1993 Cowboys to win the Super Bowl despite having a pair of two-game losing streaks during the regular season.
> They are the first Super Bowl winner since the 1991 Redskins to not lose a game by more than 4 points the entire year.
> They are the first team to win the Super Bowl after suffering consecutive overtime losses in a season, and just the second Super Bowl champion ever to lose two overtime games in the same season. The other? The 2005 Steelers, who are the only other No. 6 seed to win the Super Bowl.
> Green Bay’s three losses to teams with losing records (Washington, Miami, Detroit) tie for the most ever. The 1987 Redskins and aforementioned 1988 49ers also lost three times to sub-.500 teams during the regular season.
> They are the first designated home team to win the Super Bowl (the AFC and NFC alter every year) since the 2005 Steelers.
> 2010 now marks the seventh consecutive season that the team with the NFL’s best regular-season record did not win the Super Bowl. In fact, since the Packers last title in 1996, only two teams tied or owned the league’s best mark – the 2002 Buccaneers (tied with two others at 12-4) and the 2003 Patriots (14-2).
> With their NFC Championship Game win in Chicago, the Packers are now the seventh team of the last eight that won a road championship game to go on and win the Super Bowl. The 2007 Giants, 2005 Steelers, and 2004 Patriots, 2002 Buccaneers, 2001 Patriots, and 2000 Ravens all won the big game following a championship game win away from home. The lone exception is the 2003 Panthers.