Lions, Buccaneers Losses Put Packers in Playoff Position

Lions, Buccaneers Losses Put Packers in Playoff Position

Following three decent quarters and an atrocious fourth quarter the Green Bay Packers somehow fled single-digit temperatures in Chicago with a win and a playoff berth within grasp. Despite the cold, Aaron Rodgers and Ty Montgomery were able to carry the offense far enough. Green Bay entered the fourth quarter up 17 points however Matt Barkley and Alshon Jeffery put on quite a show to tie the game with a little over one minute left in the game.

In what appeared to be a nut shell of the Packers season, Rodgers and the offense had their backs against the wall. However, there was still a chance to steal this one after the defense almost allowed it to slip away. On 3rd and 11 Rodgers connected with his favorite for his entire career, Jordy Nelson, on a 60-yard bomb to put the Packers in field goal range.

“We went with a crossing pattern and had the post to Jordy behind it,” Coach McCarthy said. “Jordy was able to get behind the safety. Great, clutch throw.”

“I just thought the whole orchestration of that was tremendous discipline and composure, especially to make that play.”

Although a heroic Rodgers to Jordy connection sealed the deal, Ty Montgomery’s play at running back was perhaps the best performance any Packer has had all season. He rushed for a career-high 162 yards which were also the most by any Packer all season. All this came on just 16 carries and even resulted in two touchdowns. This guy could be a stud in the making.

The Packers have now won four straight since the dawn of Rodgers’ “run the table” remarks. Thanks to losses by the Lions and Buccaneers, Green Bay is now in position to capture a playoff spot — something that was unfathomable just a short while ago.

Here is how it can happen tomorrow per Rob Demovsky:

That is correct. It is highly possible the Packers will be playoff bound as early as tomorrow. They currently sit as the 6th seed in the NFC due to a strength of schedule threshold over the Buccaneers. The Bucs are in New Orleans this week who have the number one offense in the league. If the Packers finish with the same record as Tampa Bay they have the edge. So, even at 9-7 the Packers have a chance.

Despite this wavering assurance, McCarthy is not ready to get settled. He has said to the team on multiple occasions that the there will be no discussion about the postseason until the team reaches 10 wins.

“To control your own destiny is what you want,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. “We know we’re at eight, we have to get to nine, and next week I’ll be answering the question the same way.”

Everyone wants to open one present on Christmas Eve. For Packer fans this would be even better.

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