- Packers fans in Rhinelander wished for a different outcome in the NFC Conference Championship game Sunday. But they stay loyal to their team, regardless of the outcome.
"This had to be a mistake-free game," said Tim Mulhern, who watched the game at Bucketheads Bar and Grill.
Packers fans crowded bars all over Rhinelander to watch the game.
"We've just not played up to our potential today," said Diane Bulgrin, who watched the game at Cross Country Bar and Grill.
Many fans think that having several players with injuries didn't help.
"We have guys in the backfield who I've never even heard of before and, in the defensive backfield, and so that hurts," said Mulhern.
But all Packers fans could agree that wide receiver Jordy Nelson was going above and beyond. He was playing through a major injury with multiple fractured ribs.
"I think Nelson's amazing, to come back from a broken ribs injury, it's gotta be painful, and I think the guy should be commended for even being on the field today," said Brett Seabloom, who was also watching the game at Cross Country Bar and Grill.
Mulhern feels Nelson's pain.
"I have had broken ribs; I know what that feels like. It is the most pain I have ever been in in my life, and for him to be able to play a football game with broken ribs I just, I can't say enough about the guy," said Mulhern.
Even though the Packers lost the game, they still have loyal supporters.
"I am still excited. They have played incredible this second half of the season. They've been fabulous," said Bulgrin.
Fans, young and old, say their love for the team is lifelong.
"No matter how they perform or how the season ends up, I'll be a Packer fan 'till the day I die," said Seabloom.
"Win or lose, they're my team. I've been rooting for these guys since I was five years old. That was 61 years ago so, they're our team. I love them," said Mulhern.