If history tells us anything, the Green Bay Packers make their appearances in the Super Bowl in consecutive years. We'll need to wait for another year to find out if that pattern holds true, but let's look at how the Packers have fared in their previous four appearances on the biggest stage in football.
Super Bowl I: Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10 - The inaugural Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 15, 1967. The names of coaches and players just ooze NFL greatness: Vince Lombardi, Hank Stram, Bart Starr, Len Dawson, Herb Adderley, Ray Nitschke. Starr took the game's MVP award.
Super Bowl II: Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14 - The Orange Bowl hosted its first Super Bowl on January 14, 1968, which suited the Packers just fine. Bart Starr captured another Super Bowl MVP. It would be another 29 years before the Packers played in the Super Bowl again.
Super Bowl XXXI: Packers 35, New England Patriots 21 - Years before he became insufferable as a result of his off-field antics, Brett Favre was a young quarterback establishing his reputation as one of the game's best. His performance was highlighted by his 81-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman, but it was Desmond Howard who captured the game's MVP award. Howard returned a kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos 31, Packers 24 - "This one's for John!" With those words from Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos had finally won a Super Bowl championship. Elway had "The Helicopter" and Terrell Davis ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns to win the game's MVP award.
Before the 2010 season, the closest the Packers came to making the Super Bowl was during the 2007 season. They made it as far as the NFC Championship game, but the New York Giants defeated them, 23-20, before winning the Super Bowl against the Patriots.