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Packers lost close games like no other team, ever

Green Bay Packers v Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs on the field against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Jamie Squire

It’s obvious from the fact that the Packers have won three straight road playoff games that the Packers are no ordinary 10-6 team.

But you might not realize just how extraordinary a 10-6 team the Packers are.

As I wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal, the 2010 Packers are the first team in NFL history to lose six games in a season and have all six losses by four points or fewer. In fact, they’re the first team in NFL history to have even five losses with all coming by four or fewer. The only team that ever had even four losses all by four or fewer was the Super Bowl-winning 1987 Redskins.

With two losses on field goals in overtime, two losses on field goals in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter, and two losses by four points on the road with Aaron Rodgers hurt, the Packers never played a really bad game all season, even in the six games they didn’t win.