It was a great Sunday for Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fans.
The Packers moved to 3-0 in the NFC’s North Division with a 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday night.
The Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, in their season finale, but still became the first team in Major League history to make it into the postseason playoffs with a losing record (29-31).
The Brewers, sneaking into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed, face the top-seeded Dodgers in the best-of-three series in Los Angeles beginning Wednesday. While it’s a monumental challenge, the Brewers at least have a chance.
“There’s no reason to apologize for getting in the playoffs,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We beat the other teams, we got the eighth spot, and so we’re in. And we’ve got a chance. You’ve got to get in.”
And now, Counsell’s crew has a chance to win the World Series despite the odds.
“We had our ups and downs, but we were able to find a way to sneak in,” said Christian Yelich, who by his own admission had a sub-par season.
As for the Packers, veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers was surgeon-like again and got his first victory in the Superdome in three career tries.
Green Bay’s defense came up with a couple of huge stops, but it was edge rusher Za'Darius Smith's hit on Saints’ Swiss knife quarterback Taysom Hill that forced a fumble that he recovered himself. The takeway provided spark the Packers needed to break a 27-27 tie with a go-ahead field goal. Green Bay's defense then stopped the Saints on a three-and-out, and Rodgers and Co., responded with the game-winning touchdown.
Referring to Smith’s huge defensive play, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said, "He came up with the play of the game that really kind of swung it in our favor."
The unbeaten Packers face the 0-3 Atlanta Falcons in another prime time matchup Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Rest assured, it should be another interesting week for Brewers and Packers fans.