GREEN BAY - The beginning of 2011 was the start of a magical run for the Packers.
After winning three games in the playoffs on the road, they were headed to Dallas and Super Bowl XLV.
The Packers arrived in Dallas and were greeted not only by rabid fans.
"Go Pack Go!"
But also by some decidedly Green Bay weather, as they went through the hoopla surrounding the big game.
In the big game, the Packers also came up big.
The team won its fourth Super Bowl, and 13th championship, bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.
But after the joy of the Super Bowl, the NFL lockout shut the sport down into the summer, tempering the glow.
Finally, just before Packers games were canceled, a deal was reached, and the season was back on, just in time for Packers Family Night.
And the Packers got back to celebrating their win, which included a trip to the White House.
"This is a hard thing to do for a Bears fan," said President Obama.
While the first fan was impressed, what has happened since has also been extraordinary.
After a win against the New Orleans Saints on opening day for the NFL, the Packers rolled through the schedule.
They went back to Atlanta and once again beat the Falcons on their turf. On Thanksgiving, the green and gold showed a national audience their 2011 run could make 2012 just as magical as this year has been.
An armed robbery suspect sustained life-threatening injuries after being shot in Fond du Lac County.
First responders helped ring in the holidays at the 45th annual Howard-Suamico Christmas Parade.
Christmas is just two and half weeks away, and kids and families are getting into the holiday spirit.
Single digit temps around the area caused problems in the Fox Valley Saturday morning.
The frigid temperatures forced some area communities to cancel their weekend Christmas celebrations. But New London braved the cold for its annual Holiday of Wonder Parade.
Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's all of the injuries, but many Packers fans are saying "no thanks," to this weekend's Packers game.