The hottest team in the NFL may have an unlikely source to thank for its winning ways.
Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers, who own a league-best four game winning streak after knocking off the New England Patriots on Sunday, are considered favorites to win the NFC. They're undefeated at home and averaging more points-per-game (32.2) than any other NFC team.
Much of the Packers' success is due to Rodgers' excellent play. Only Peyton Manning has thrown more touchdowns than Rodgers and no starting quarterback has thrown fewer interceptions. One year after he missed seven games with a broken collarbone, Rodgers is back to his Pro Bowl form.
And while Rodgers has proven himself one of the best signal callers in the league, he may have his girlfriend to thank for his team's good fortune.
Rodgers and the actress Olivia Munn have been dating since the spring, making this the first season they've been together. While there are still four more games to be played, the Packers are tied for the best record in the league and their toughest remaining test may be Week 17 at home against the Detroit Lions. The Packers are 6-0 at Lambeau Field and Rodgers seems to be at his best against Detroit.
Munn has some experience as a good luck charm. At the start of Munn's courtship with New York Rangers star Brad Richards three years ago, the Rangers won six straight games and Munn was widely credited for the team's surge. Richards, by the way, posted seven points in a seven-game span from Oct. 31 through Nov. 15.
The Rangers went on two more five-game winning streaks during the couple's short relationship, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 and from Dec. 17 to Dec. 26. Following the Dec. 26 win over the Islanders, fans in the crowd reportedly high-fived and thanked Munn for her assistance in their team's winning ways. Munn and Richards split in January 2012, and later that season the Rangers fell in the conference finals to the New Jersey Devils.
When Munn broke up with Richards, a source told Us Weekly, "She just realized she liked him as a friend and nothing more."
Fortunately for Packers fans, Munn seems more committed to Rodgers. Even though she's had to turn down some work opportunities to travel and be with Rodgers, Munn says it's all worth it.
"There's a lot of traveling, a lot of driving, and then you're just really happy with the decisions that you make. And for me, it comes at a time in my life when I end up having to say no to some work because I gotta be somewhere else," Munn told E! News. "It doesn't make me sad or anything, because I want my life to be full and have all those experiences, so you kind of figure it out as you go."
Munn, who stars in the HBO drama "The Newsroom," recently posted these photos of Rodgers on her Instagram account:
For his part, Rodgers seems as invested in the relationship as Munn. In October, after dating for sixth months, Rodgers gave Munn a special ring (but not that kind of ring).
"He's very happy," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Oct. 9 of Rodgers. "This is frankly, I think, the happiest I've ever seen him."