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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for December 17, 2013

It's a very special "Lions Lose" edition of cheese curds this morning.

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Did you stay up late to watch the Lions-Ravens game last night? If not, you missed one hell of a game, and one that gave the Green Bay Packers back the keys to the playoff car. It now appears to be a two-team race for the NFC North, and Packers fans' least-favorite head coach (outside of the NFC West or AFC East, at least) might not have a job in a few weeks.

So sit back, enjoy some schadenfreude, and let's beat the Steelers on Sunday.

Piloting their own destiny - ESPN Wisconsin
The Packers have the right leg of Justin Tucker to thank for control of their own playoff chances with two games to go.

Packers' players celebrate Lions' loss - Green Bay Packers Blog - ESPN
Multiple Packers thanked Tucker on Twitter last night for the Ravens' victory over Detroit.

Time for Packers to push the envelope with Aaron Rodgers - ESPN

Running game will be crucial for Packers - JSOnline
It's been discussed ad nauseum, but it's no less true - Eddie Lacy can be the key to this team's success.

Point of Veau: Matt Flynn Has to Consider Sticking with the Packers for the Long Haul | Cheesehead TV
Considering this is the only place he has ever had any legitimate success, yeah, I'd agree.

Tundra Vision: The Phillips Brand of 3-4 Could Be Recipe For Success | Cheesehead TV
This is an interesting idea, changing the attitude and the responsibilities of each player on defense without changing the alignment.

Jim Schwartz will likely be fired if Lions miss playoffs - Pride Of Detroit
Interesting. There's certainly plenty of talent on that team, but the discipline issues fall squarely at the feet of the head coach.