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Cheese Curds, 12/11: Visions of a playoff berth can still dance in Packers’ heads

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Thanks to Brett Hundley doing enough — just barely — the Packers can still hold out hope for a playoff berth.

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It’s been quite a ride these past two months. The Green Bay Packers have had some of the lowest lows and some pretty absurd highs since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Minnesota, but one thing is certain: hope can still remain alive for the 2017 team, at least for another week.

Thanks to a fourth quarter and overtime period which saw the Packers play some excellent team football behind quarterback Brett Hundley, they emerged from Cleveland with a victory and a reason to see if Aaron Rodgers is ready to come back next Sunday for the game in Carolina. It’s still a bit of a long shot for the Packers to make the playoffs even if Rodgers does return — they have games remaining against the NFC’s current number five, number two, and number eight teams, all of whom have winning records.

Of course, the Packers still need to win in Carolina next week. A win would change the Packers’ playoff odds from 6% (as of right now, according to 538) to 19% - still no sure bet, but definitely a possibility.

But for one day at least, let’s look back at how Sunday’s come-from-behind victory happened.

Walk-off hero in OT this time is Davante Adams | Packers.com
Adams took charge of the game just before the fourth quarter began. He had 10 catches on 14 targets overall for 84 yards. However, starting with the scoring drive that began just before the start of the fourth, he caught eight of ten targets for 73 yards and his two scores.

Brett Hundley had one job -- keep hope alive for Aaron Rodgers -- and he did - ESPN
It wasn't pretty for much of the last eight games, but hope does indeed remain alive, thanks in large part to some clutch play from Hundley in the fourth quarter of a couple of games.

Historic comebacks have helped save Packers season | Packers Wire
Echoing the note above about Hundley, he has now led the Packers to back-to-back comeback overtime wins. Meanwhile, the team has also recorded three comeback victories when being down 14 points or more (two of which came with Rodgers at the helm).

Packers CB Damarious Randall keeps Browns WR Josh Gordon in check | Packersnews.com
The only catch that Gordon had when manned up against Randall was a third-down conversion on which Randall did not press him. Otherwise, #23 was stellar, and his perfect press on the Browns' final offensive play led to DeShone Kizer holding the football and eventually getting intercepted.

Seahawks vs. Jaguars: Fights erupt left and right at the finish - SBNation.com
The Seahawks dove at the Jaguars' knees when Jacksonville was kneeling out the clock, understandably drawing the ire of the Jags' players. That led to fights breaking out, with Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson getting tossed from the game.

Texans' Tom Savage in concussion protocol after loss - NFL.com
This was an absurd situation, which saw Savage appearing to be demonstrating a textbook example of the "fencing response," then coming back in the game just a few plays later before being pulled again.