Year in Review: 2017 saw highs, lows for Packers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) lies on the ground after being hit by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) in the first half of a game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

(WLUK) -- The Green Bay Packers ended 2017 on a sour note, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

But for Wisconsin sports, there were also some victories to celebrate.

The calendar year started on the heels of a prediction from the Packers' prophetic quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

"I think we can run the table, I really do," he said.

Green Bay won its final six games of the 2016 regular season, setting up a magical run to the NFC Championship Game in January 2017. There, the Packers fell short to the Atlanta Falcons, 44-21.

In March, the Xavier High School boys basketball team finally soared to new heights as WIAA Division 3 state champions, while the Appleton North girls were perfect in their end-to-end domination for a D-1 title.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix women continued to rise with a 19th straight regular-season Horizon League crown and a 17th trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Speaking of the postseason, behind budding star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks made their return and nearly knocked off the Toronto Raptors in a re-ignition of the franchise's flame.

The summer brought the pros to the greens of Wisconsin. Brooks Koepka dazzled at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

And Katherine Kirk took home the inaugural LPGA Thornberry Creek Classic in dramatic fashion.

The Milwaukee Brewers provided plenty of fireworks this summer. They finished 10 games over. 500 but ultimately fell one game short of the a wild card berth.

The legends of the fall: Kimberly rolled to a fifth-straight state title and a nation-best 70th straight win. Camp Randall Stadium continues to be Papermakers paradise.

The Wisconsin Badgers football team with a magical run near the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. However, another Big Ten title loss, this time to Ohio State, sent them to the Orange Bowl instead of coming up roses.

For the Packers, their Super Bowl dreams were shattered Week 6 with the broken right collarbone of "QB1." Their last hope was officially fumbled away in Carolina as they missed the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons.

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