No dangerous palpitations this time around, no ulcers and no screaming at the TV set, either.
After doing almost everything wrong during a four-week stretch in the middle of the season, the Green Bay Packers did almost everything right over the final two months.
This included their manner of bowing out of the playoffs, a deed that, unlike the past two seasons, they performed with great thoroughness and certainty.
If you’re going to lose, better to do it the way they did Sunday – beaten into a hat from the start. There is no comparing the level of disappointment in the Atlanta loss next to the last two playoff defeats.
There was the colossal downer of last year’s overtime defeat in Arizona, where a magnificent comeback was stifled three plays into the overtime.
Before that was the overtime debacle in Seattle, a loss that set the standard in playoff bummers. The Packers outplayed the Seahawks for almost 58 minutes and then gave it away.