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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for January 7, 2013

As you try to stay warm in this bitterly cold snap across the Midwest, warm up with some curds.

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Winter has indeed come for Packers fans, especially those of us living in the Midwest. It's a steady negative-7 degrees Fahrenheit where I'm at, and Wisconsin has it even worse in the negative teens with wind chills in the negative thirties and below. If you're not in this part of the United States, be glad, at least for another day or two.

Oh, and there's that other thing with the Packers losing on Sunday. Winter is very much upon us.

Stay warm out there, everyone.

Plays that shaped the Green Bay Packers' season: No. 10 - ESPN
Rob Demovsky was talking to fans on twitter about the 10 most critical plays of the Packers' season. This one, Hyde's near-interception on the last drive on Sunday, was a pretty good summary of the entire season.

Micah Hyde on near pick: 'I don't think, definitely, I'll forget it' - JSOnline
As long as it serves as motivation for Hyde moving forward instead of him dwelling on it, that's just fine.

The 5 Best and Worst Plays from the Packers 2013 Season | Cheesehead TV
CheeseheadTV has the same idea as Demovsky, but breaks it down into the good and bad.

Tramon Williams says veteran assistance would benefit Packers defense - JSOnline
It's this simple: when you build through the draft almost exclusively and you have a lot of starters injured, young guys will be playing a lot of important snaps.

Shields, Neal Avoid Serious Injury - ESPN Wisconsin
This is good news for both of these impending free agents. Shields will make a lot more than his 2013 $2 million restricted tender, and Neal will get a shot somewhere as well.

2013 NFL playoffs -- Wild-card games deliver record TV numbers - ESPN
Well that's nice, I suppose.

NFL refutes playoff expansion rumor of new wild card teams -
There was a lot of buzz yesterday about the NFL adding a third wild-card team to each conference's playoffs, which would mean only the top team in each conference would get a bye week. Apparently that has not been decided, however.