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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for December 23, 2013

In the last edition of cheese curds before Christmas, we look back at Sunday's disappointing (and costly) loss to the Steelers and the lasting effects from that game.

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Well, that sucked yesterday. However, we have the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles to thank for the Packers still having a chance to win the NFC North, as they took care of the Lions and Bears respectively. Before we take a quick break for the holidays, here are today's links from around the Packers blogosphere.

Packers say official wouldn't let Dietrich-Smith snap ball while clock was running - JSOnline
We're not talking Wisconsin-Arizona State levels of stupidity here, but it's not cool regardless. Listening on the radio, I fully expected the Packers to get two shots at the end zone.

Special teams prove special all game long - JSOnline
Yes, both special and "special".

Green Bay Packers' injuries to watch in Week 17 - ESPN
Here's my gut feeling: Clay Matthews gets shut down for the year, Aaron Rodgers still won't play next week, and Eddie Lacy won't practice all week but plays on Sunday against the Bears. Just my hunch.

"Chips Report" from Week 16 Packers Loss vs. Steelers | Cheesehead TV
It's interesting to note that in Matt Flynn's two starts for the Packers against AFC opponents, they have ended with disappointment inside the red zone.

Von Miller Injury: Miller tears ACL, done for season - Mile High Report
At least Clay Matthews' thumb injury isn't as serious as this injury, nor does it look to impact his availability in 2014 like this does for Miller.

Jim Schwartz has an important question for Lions fans -
If Jim still has a job on New Year's Day, I'll be shocked.