It’s going to be the New England Patriots and the New York Giants facing off in Super Bowl 42, but everyone around here certainly thought it would be the Packers who would get the chance to knock the Patriots down from the top.
From the beginning of the season it seemed as if the stars had aligned for the Green Bay Packers.
Brett Favre was breaking records left and right, the team was winning game after game – the entire entity was proving the Pack was back.
"I thought they were doing spectacular,” Packer fan Benjamin Thomas said. “The record was great and Favre was having an unbelievable season and everybody was just meshing together."
That was until Sunday’s NFC Championship game.
"My husband and my son were watching the game and my husband was pacing the floors - I thought for sure he was going to blow an artery," Amy Forst said.
The Giants kept giving the Packers chance after chance to come back, but some fans felt the Packers forgot to play.
So now, it’s not the Packers, but the Giants who are headed to Arizona and some fans aren’t taking the news so well. Some are mad and others are just sad.
"You can tell the community's kind of down," Thomas said.
"In a certain sense if you're not a little depressed today you're probably not a real Packer fan,” said UW – Marathon County psychology professor Marlowe Embree. “So you can take some solace in the fact that your depression means you're really green and gold."
Embree says the best way to get over your post-game depression is to think about the positives, like the miracle season the Packers had this year, the fact that this young team will likely grow and be even better next year and that the chances of Brett Favre coming back now are pretty good.