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Rodgers on SI playoff preview cover

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 4, 2012 – 11:11 am

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on one of four regional Sports Illustrated covers for the magazine’s annual NFL playoff preview issue, which hits newsstands this week. All the covers feature quarterbacks, as New Orleans’ Drew Brees, New England’s Tom Brady and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger are on the other regional covers.

In his playoff preview story, SI’s Peter King predicts the Packers to beat the Giants in the NFC divisional round, and then the Saints to beat the Packers in the NFC Championship at Lambeau Field. He picks the Saints to then win Super Bowl XLVI over the Patriots. King calls it a “wide-open” playoff field because he sees as many as nine teams with a realistic chance to win it all.

King also selects Rodgers as the NFL MVP for 2011.


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53 Responses to “Rodgers on SI playoff preview cover”

  1. By bobbie on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    He’s all wet behind the ear’s cause we WILL BEAT the Giants!!

  2. By Danielle on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Doesn’t he know that all through packer history, that when we make it to the superbowl, we always return to the superbowl the following year?!?!

  3. By schmalpal on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    if that were true, Danielle, we’d have been there every year since the first. do you mean whenever we win we make it back?

  4. By Katie on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    No one predicted the packers to win the super bowl last year either :)

  5. By lisa on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    13 time World Champion Packers, GreenBay at it’s best . . .

  6. By pack on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Their going to win again enough said.. Just take a seat and watch it all fall into place..

  7. By josh on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Actually lots of people had the packers in the super bowl last year, and peter king was one of em.

  8. By Nick on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    I heard that Aaron Rodgers is not only being quarterback for the Packers in the first round of playoffs, he’s also kicking off/receiving for the other team, playing the halftime show, and doing the commentary for the game, all while still watching the game from the comfort of his own couch.

    And they say he won’t win. He’s god.

  9. By Doug on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    No doubt that NO will be at Lambeau but Brees will topple our poor defense. Aaron won’t be able to keep the offense ahead at the end. NO 46 GB 32

  10. By corncob on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Peter is half right. He is right that we will beat the Giants. Where he is wrong though is where he predicts the Saints to beat us in Lambeau. Make no dought about it, the Saints are a better team than the were at the first game of the season. BUT they must come to the Frozen Tundra in extreme cold weather and I hope it is 10 below that day…REPEAT!!!

  11. By Craig Duba on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    We Beat them once! The Saints vill Lose!!!!!!!! Again!

  12. By Joshua on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Actually Peter King had the Packers and the Steelers in the superbowl in the beginning of the year, he just picked the wrong team to win it! But the Packers will be back in the Bowl and they will win it!!!

  13. By This Guy on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    shut up doug

  14. By This Guy on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    peter king had the Falcons beating the Chargers in this years NFL preview issue with Rivers winning MVP… Just to show how much stock to put into this guys opinions…

  15. By PACKER FAN on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Pack will struggle but prevail and beat Saints. The cold will play a major factor in the game. It may not be Ice Bowl III or Mud Bowl but it will be cold and possible wet, be it snow or freezing rain. The weather will have a major effect on all the players but no more so then with the Saint’s Receivers. If you can’t practice in the cold your body cant get use to i, and you won’t be able to adapt fast enough to play the game effectively.

    However, if we have a mild winter day-then all bets are off and I say-“Its too close to call.”

  16. By Cody on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    woww well first peter king need to think realistically and know that even if the saints are a good team, GB is much better plus lambeau advantage…please easy enough said. second who ever we play in super bowl XLVI cant be better than a team such as the saints who were believed to beat the packers.

    #GreenBay All The Way

  17. By Teasa on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed Dan! Who cares what that idiot thinks! The road to the super bowl goes through the frozen tundra where we haven’t lost in how long?!? We got this!! GO PACK GO!! REPEAT!!

  18. By Tom on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    The weather – it could be below zero with blizzard conditions by, and if the time New Orleans makes it up to Green Bay. I suggest they start practicing in a meat locker right now. A dome team cannot jump off a plane and adjust to those conditions overnight. The Giants are the only other team in the NFC playoffs which also plays regularly in these conditions.

  19. By lynn on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    who cares what king says , brees and saints like their comfy dome, snow and cold is what we like, bring it on

  20. By Al on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    We have to start thinking like last year, the playoffs broken down into quarters. Instead of 16 quarters, we only have 12 quarters to go.

  21. By PackerBacker407 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    I guess King doesnt understand how bad the Saints play outside of their dome. They are 4-3 on the road this year and almost got beat by a terrible Titans team week 15. I doubt they will get past the 49ers in San Fran and if they do they will not do well in the snow on OUR OWN TURF. GB all the way!

  22. By Kenney on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone thinks that the Packer defense is weak. ” This is playoff football, baby!!!” It’s “smoke and mirrors defense”. You are not coming into Lambeau and denying us of another Super Bowl ring. We are not ready to let it go. It’s the PackAttackJack!!!

  23. By Ron on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    We….the Packer backers believe that we WILL take OUR trophy back-to-back………..PERIOD!

  24. By fondypro on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    If they say focused, and plug a few holes in the defense, and play one game at a time, they should prevail. But, it is a new season, and they have work to do on both sides of the ball. Focus, Focus, Focus!!

  25. By Andy on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Packers will beat the Saints. The Lambeau cold will be enough to slow the Saints down, while it won’t slow ARod. Our defense will get a major break called “home field advantage.”

    If this game were in New Orleans or even a neutral site that wasn’t cold, I would pick the Saints. But the Packers are historically tough to beat at home in December and January, and that alone is enough. Packers 42, Saints 31.

  26. By nikki on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Shut up foool, HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE…..saint’s dont have anything on us(: GO PACK GOOOO!

  27. By Molly Tolliver on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Packers ALL The Way. No doubt in this Cheeseheads mind.

  28. By Jack Taylor on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Drew Brees & Saints have never won a playoff game outdoors. They are the NFC version of Peyton Manning & Colts. Anyone can win indoors. Real Champions win anywhere!! Go Pack Go!

  29. By Cfest on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Why are we looking so far ahead? Does anyone remember what happened to the Saints last year? They were projected to go far and beat the SEAHAWKS! What happened there Peter king?

  30. By New England fan 2008 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    King might be right about a few things… but every year these football scholars predict the patriots in the super bowl counting back to 2007 and every year since! and how many times have they been there? only 2008, and lost. my guess? sorry pats but the Packers will go all the way.. again…

  31. By Dustin on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Green Bay will be rested in time for the game. they proved that they can win without the major starters. which most teams cant do. they are all back and ready to go. watch out NFC. if rodgers played in a dome he would have 5500 passing yards.

  32. By catlover102966 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Oh no……I don’t think the Packers will lose AT ALL. ALL THE WAY, GREEN BAY!

  33. By MrReality on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    I’m back for the playoffs. Somehow ditka got on my facebook page so I need to get back to real football talk. Don’t like the trend, though. King picking the Saints and dealing with the SI Jinx. Rough start to the playoffs..

  34. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Oh my, if it isn’t the Reality check. Good to see ya back. I like the joke about the SI jinx. Guess that would mean not only Rodgers, but Brady, Brees, and Bathroom-Ben are all doomed. Glad you showed up Reality, look forward to your feedback during the post-season. Go Pack Go!

  35. By Jana O'Brien on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    If I remember correctly, SI also picked San Diego to win the Super Bowl in their NFL preview issue.

  36. By garrett Dickinson on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    well saints have to get past the 49ers in SF that itself might be tough plus you never know what injuries they will suffer, however i believe the packers are a better team. Our first string players have had 2 weeks off and get an extra two weeks worth of film to watch on the saints the latest film they have of us is of our second string taking it to the lions

    GO pack go repeat there is a reason packers have 7 probowl players this year cuz we are the best

  37. By JD54 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Well, me being a avid Packer fan and following the NFL and NFC like a bank account, I do believe the Pack will put up a good fight as long as they don’t play as they did against KC. They must show up on both sides of the ball. As the NFL goes, on any given Sunday…..The Pack must be on their A game, defense must step up coverage and O line must dominate and last, no drop balls. GO PACK GO from a Green Bay man.

  38. By JD54 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, btw, all talk is about Saints, they first have to get past Lions, don’t count Lions out, they are PO’d about lost to backups and seek revenge….

  39. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lions and Saints, should be a fun game to watch; and I bet the Packers will learn a lot from that game, should they need it. Go Pack Go…

  40. By Drew Breisch on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well thats one persons opinion about how the Pack will finish the season. And everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but to think that GREEN BAY will loose to N.O. Especially @ HOME! After the season their having and coming off the last game of the regular season when Matt Flynn took the helm and put on one hell of a show for the ages. And to top that off they have everyone healthy for the post season unlike last year when they went all the way!

  41. By Alaskanpackerfan on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    I know that all the fans I know up here in North Pole Alaska are saying pretty much the same thing. Fix the coverage issues (maybe get a better pass rush which would play into the pass coverage issue) and keep everyone healthy and there will be no stopping the pack.
    !!GO PACK GO!!

  42. By Pack Man on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    Bah! Peter King picked against the Pack last year in favor of the Steelers in the Super Bowl. He was obviously wrong then and he’ll be wrong again as usual. New Orleans is going to struggle to get their rhythm in Lambeau, but will make some key plays which will keep the game close. That is until the turnovers come in the second half through interceptions by Jennings, Matthews and a big play by A.J. Hawk. Aaron Rodgers will capitalize and score on every turnover to take the game like he did in Atlanta last year.

  43. By John Gorman on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    Peter King, to the best of my memory, has *never* picked Green Bay to win it all. He’ll be proven as wrong this year as he was in 2010. GO, PACKERS!

    Frankly, I don’t see why King is thought of as such an expert in the first place. Does anyone remember the last time the guy was right?

    In closing, has anyone other than I noticed that the Patriots stopped winning Super Bowls after the NFL lowered the boom on the team, and its head coach, Bill Belli-Cheat, for stealing opponents’ signals? As I recall, the fines levied were six-figures apiece, to the team and its dirty coach.

  44. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    Noted by many John. And my guess is they won’t be going anywhere again this year. The fun begins tomorrow, can’t wait. My picks for this weekend: Texans, Steelers, Falcons, and Saints. Go Pack Go!

  45. By Richard King on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    Green Bay Packers will be 18-1 when it’s all over GO PACKERS

  46. By Bart on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    King is a PAWN.

  47. By Cali on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    The Lombardi Trophy WILL STAY in Green Bay for another season!! Can’t wait to see who we have to beat next week. GO PACK GO!!

  48. By Rico on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    King’s pre season pick was Atlanta over San Diego in the SB…..

  49. By montanapackfan on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Awaiting moderation??? What did i say that was over the top?

  50. By voiceortheorient on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why do people keep saying the Saints “almost” beat us in Sept?

    Even with the benefit of a questionable PI ( AJ got nothing but ball), they still needed to score a TD (less than 50% chance).
    Had they succeeded, they would still need a 2pt conversion just to tie it.
    Then they would need to win in OT

    Any bookie would give you 7 to 1 odds on all 3 happening.

  51. By DrAL on Jan 9, 2012 | Reply

    There’s a monster that’s awoken and its coming to town and there’s nothing the Packers can do. The Giants are going to eat you alive, your time is done….say goodnight. Sweet Dreams….

    Lombardi was a New Yorker….

  52. By Cali on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    Lombardi sure was a New Yorker, but he became a legend in Green Bay.

  53. By Anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 | Reply

    Lambeau Field should be called Mr.Rodgers’ Neighborhood under his era in Green Bay b/c he deserves it after last year’s super bowl run and has a chance for another one this year.

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