Can you believe the Packers have only made it to one Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers as quarterback? He’s as close to a consensus pick as the best quarterback in the NFL as we have, and he’s led some truly incredible teams, but things just haven’t broken right since all the way back in February of 2011.
However, this year looks like as good a chance as any Green Bay will have. There’s a revamped defense whose only weakness – its secondary – is mostly due to poor health. Jordy Nelson is back this year, and in Week 3 he finally found his stride with Rodgers. The offense looks mostly cured of what ailed it last year (see: Nelson, Jordy), but it’s the front of the defense that is truly getting Packers fans excited about a title run. With a revitalized crop of linebackers that includes Clay Matthews back at his normal position of pass-rushing outside linebacker, they could find themselves waking up in Houston in a few months’ time.
That feeling — waking up on the morning of the Super Bowl — is what Courtyard (the Official Hotel of the NFL) is trying to capture with their Super Bowl Sleepover contest, which Matthews was promoting at the Herald Square Courtyard in New York when he talked with us on the phone.
How would you describe the promotion for people who don’t know about it?
CLAY: Oh, it’s awesome; it’s an amazing opportunity. Courtyard keeps reinventing itself with amazing opportunities to give back to fans and give them an opportunity to go to the Super Bowl, and this year with their Super Bowl contest, you have the opportunity to go onto Twitter and Instagram and submit your most passionate NFL fan photo to have an overnight down in [NRG] Stadium before the game. And what they’re going to do is take a suite and make it into one of the rooms from Courtyard, and you get the opportunity to spend the night, wake up and… relive all those great memories that you have waking up in anticipation of the game.