While those “moral victories” count for bupkis in the standings, the Packers have to feel at least a little better about themselves after giving the Steelers all they could handle in a game no one gave the Packers a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.
Given the Packers were shut out at home a week prior against the Baltimore Ravens, their performance against the Steelers shows the team still has fight left in it.
Coach Mike McCarthy always points to winning 10 games as the mark to make the postseason, and the Packers will once again have to run the table to hit that threshold and at least two of the final five games will not have Aaron Rodgers under center.
The Packers have winnable games the next two weeks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns, and IF (in 72 point font) Rodgers is ready to return he will be eligible to return for the final three games at Carolina, at home against the Vikings and on the road against the Lions.
The odds are long, but hey you never know. In one of the most bizarre NFL seasons in recent memory, anything is possible.
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It looks like the Packers’ best shot is to get Rodgers back against Carolina. Even then, who knows what else can unfold? If you thought last year’s run was a miracle, making the playoffs this season would actually top it.
Had the Packers pulled off the upset, this game would have gone down in Green Bay lore as the “Brett Hundley game.” The quarterback’s next challenge is following up this strong performance with another one. Inconsistency has hobbled Hundley so far.
Don’t look now but Rodgers’ arm strength seems to be returning. This should give the Packers extra motivation to keep fighting if he is ready to come back in two weeks.
The game against the Steelers was eerily similar to the 2010 loss to the New England Patriots with Matt Flynn under center for the Packers. The problem is Rodgers won’t be back the following week, like he was in 2010.
The Electric Slide joined the ranks of unique and fun touchdown celebrations this season. The Packers’ bobsled team still has to be tops though, right?