On the surface, the return of NFL fans to playoff games, and specifically to the hallowed ground that is Lambeau Field, should be a home-run feeling.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite feel like that, at least not to some Green Bay Packers fans. As the team hosted the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, they also brought in somewhere around 6,000 fans.
For one, you know that nothing was stopping the diehard fans in Green Bay from attending a playoff game at Lambeau Field. And to be honest, it’s hard to blame them.
Besides being the culmination of a topsy-turvy NFL season that was under fire by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also the Packers’ best-looking chance at a deep playoff run since the halcyon days of 2010 and 2011 when the team claimed its last Super Bowl.
Further, Green Bay has home-field advantage through the playoffs until the big game in Tampa, Florida. The hype is very, very real in Wisconsin, and anything less than a ring is a bust.
That being said, it’s not going to be without its drawbacks. At least that’s what some Packers fans watching from home think.
Green Bay Packers Fans Sound Off on Images from Lambeau Field
A Cheesehead returning to his favorite has to be a great feeling, but many watching from home quickly noticed that many of the fans weren’t exactly following protocol.
One user, @big_business_, couldn’t help but reference one of Green Bay’s all-time bogeys in legendary receiver Calvin Johnson.
“Lambeau Field is packed, Rona doing prime 2012 Megatron numbers.”
To put it into context for those who were under a rock in 2012, Johnson went for 1964 yards. And yes, that remains the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season. Sheesh.
For the sake of Green Bay fans and just general health, let’s hope COVID-19 doesn’t set records in Lambeau like Johnson used to.
@TreRamsey2 chimes in with a similar reaction.
“Just saw a fan in Lambeau with a ‘Not even Covid can stop the Pack’ sign… @packers”
Well, that remains to be seen, but it certainly hasn’t stopped them so far. As for the aftermath from Lambeau, that’s a development that we’ll have to wait for to get the full picture of if this was a great idea or a mistake.