Rodgers, Pack's Playoff Hopes Take Major Hit

This was the one that couldn't get away. These were the Lions, losers of 19 straight NFC North games and ten straight to the Pack. But when Aaron Rodgers foolishly failed to slide and got his brain scrambled, the Packers were finished and so might be their post-season hopes.

Yes, a 10-6 record might still get the Pack in, but now they're going to need help from their friends. First things first, Rodgers needs to get cleared to play--there's no guarantee he'll be ready at New England next Sunday night. The failure to slide is hard to understand. He'll learn from it, but it might turn out to be a very, very costly lesson.

The game turned earlier, when Greg Jennings failed to catch a bomb from Rodgers that was right in his hands and instead was intercepted. You had a feeling right then that this was not the Packers' day. The defense played very well, despite playing without Jenkins and losing Frank Zombo early to a knee injury. The Lions moved the ball on the ground, mostly on misdirection plays and with Stanton.

Meanwhile, Flynn was okay in relief. He'll dream about his interception for a few nights. First and goal and he threw an indefensible pick in the end zone. Protection was spotty throughout the game. The Lions front four won this game and dominated the line of scrimmage--even when Rodgers was in there.

The bottom line is the Packers lost to a 2-10 team playing with its third string quarterback. Any thoughts of winning out and claiming the #2 seed are ancient history. It's going to take a lot of work to start thinking about playing beyond January 2nd. It begins next Sunday night in Foxboro, where Tom Brady and the Patriots have won 26 straight games. Oh goodie.


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