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Cheese Curds, 11/19: Packers’ fortunes hinge on better execution in crunch time

Third downs and fourth quarters have been the team’s Achilles heels of late.

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Prior to their bye week a month ago, the Green Bay Packers had been a fairly successful team in the fourth quarter of games. They posted absurd comeback victories against the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers — two teams on opposite ends of the standings at present — and although they blew a big lead to the Vikings in the fourth in week two, they also nearly made a furious comeback in Detroit as well.

But since the bye, that quarter has killed this team. Opponents have out-scored the Packers 30-13 in the final frame over the past four games, and the team has made a series of frustrating blunders, both in execution by the players and in decisions by the coaching staff, en route to a 1-3 record in that stretch.

Still, the Packers have managed to stay alive in the playoff hunt despite their 4-5-1 record on the season, and their playoff hopes remain very much alive heading into a critical game on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Win that game and the equation completely changes; lose it and it’s likely that any hope of the postseason is effectively gone.

How’s that for a fun sentiment on your Monday morning?

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