The only potential road blocks in the way of the Green Bay Packers reaching the Super Bowl are a team from California, a team from Florida and a New Orleans Saints team that plays it’s home games in the climate-controlled Superdome in Louisiana.
First up is the Rams, led by quarterback Jared Goff. In two games played in sub-32 degree weather, Goff has zero touchdowns and five interceptions. He is also less than two weeks removed from thumb surgery on his throwing hand.
The Buccaneers are historically terrible in cold weather games, but Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown are climate-tested. The Bucs greater challenge will be defeating a Saints team that outscored them 72-26 in two games this season.
About those Saints. A 12-4 record is no accident, but the team is built for speed. In a recent cold-weather game against the sub-500 Philadelphia Eagles on grass, the Saints trailed 17-0 at halftime of a 24-21 loss.
Aaron Rodgers wished for home field advantage. He’s got it…with a favorable draw.
No excuses. It’s Super Bowl or bust for the Packers.