The Green Bay Packers clinched a third-place finish in the NFC North in week 16, thanks to their comeback victory over the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings. However, the Packers’ 2019 opponents were not fully decided until after the completion of week 17’s games, thanks to two other divisions having their third-place teams in question.
Now that we have the regular season games complete, we know who the Packers will play in 2019. The two games in question are now locked in, as Green Bay will play the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers, who finished third in the NFC West and NFC South, respectively.
The 49ers ended the season 4-12 after losing to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon, finishing one game ahead of the 3-13 Arizona Cardinals, who lost to the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, the NFC South standings were decided in the early games, when the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That left the Carolina Panthers in third place regardless of the result of their game against the New Orleans Saints, thanks to divisional record tiebreakers. For their part, Carolina defeated the Saints 33-14 with New Orleans sitting most of their key players.
Thus, the Packers’ final slate of games in 2019 is as follows:
- Chicago Bears (NFC North)
- Minnesota Vikings (NFC North)
- Detroit Lions (NFC North)
- Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East)
- Washington (NFC East)
- Denver Broncos (AFC West)
- Oakland Raiders (AFC West)
- Carolina Panthers (NFC South)