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|Description||The Packers are still very much alive in the NFC playoff race after improving to 6-6 in Week 13.Although Green Bay's hopes Mike Ditka Gridiron Gray II Jersey of winning the NFC North have been all but dashed behind 10-2 Minnesota, a wild-card berth is well within reach.From the Packers' end, it's simple: They must run the table to match their 10-6 finish of 2016, when they won their final six games. Backup quarterbackBrettHundley, fresh off Sunday's 26-20 overtime victory over the Buccaneersin Lambeau Field, mustplaywell enough to help them beat the Browns, and then starter Aaron Rodgers needs to returnfrom his collarbone injuryin Week 15.Here arethe other thingsthat need to happen with other teams ahead of themto give the Packers a realistic shot:MORE: NFL playoff picture for Week 14Lions lose before Week 17 Detroit on Sunday lost its toughest remaining game,in Baltimore in Week 13, to fall to 6-6, four weeks before it finishes with Green Bay. Before then Detroit has favorable games at Tampa Bay, vs. Chicago and at Cincinnati.The bottom line isnine wins aren't going to get it done in the NFC. The Packers were not able to move up until the Lions, who won at Lambeauearlier this season, werein position to finish one game behind.Seahawks also finish 10-6One game that could come into play nicely for the Packers is their season-opening Roquan Smith Jersey victory over the Seahawks. Seattle had beeninconsistent of late, losing two at home and winning two on Men's Mitchell Trubisky Game Jersey the road, but got a huge win over Philadelphia on Sunday night to improve to 8-4.This scenario would require the Seahawks to finish2-2 and finish second in the NFC West. It'splausiblegiven their remaining schedule: at Jaguars, vs. Rams, at Cowboys, vs. Cardinals.The Packers don't want to see the Seahawks get hot to the point of taking back the division from the 9-3 Rams. That would probably mean both Seattle and Los Angeles finish 11-5, a mark Green Bay can'treach.MORE: Aaron Rodgers injury updatePanthers or Falcons fade hard in NFC SouthThe Packers hadno chance to make the playoffsover the 9-3 Saints had New Orleansfallenfrom first to third in the NFL's toughest division. The Saints have a strong three-game advantage over the Packers, whichincludes a win atLambeau in Week 7.That means Green Bay should be thrilled New Orleans beat Carolina in Week 13. The Packers are set to play the 8-4Panthers in Week 15, making it a critical time for Rodgers' return. The Packers already lost to the Falcons in Week 2 with Rodgers.The Panthers need Jordan Howard Jersey to go 2-2 or worse in their other four games, and/orthe Falconsneed to go 1-2 after beating the Saintsto give the Packers a chance over either South team.Carolina goesto Atlanta in Week 17. Before,in addition to hosting Green Bay, it also hosts Minnesota and plays at Tampa Bay.Atlantatravels to Tampa Bay and New Orleans beforeclosingvs. Carolina.The Panthers have theharder slate, andthe Packers have some control of their fate there. So it probably makes sense for the Packers to root for the Game Chicago Bears Jerseys Falcons, too, so Atlanta can riseto No. 5. Then Green Bay cantry to beat outCarolinafor No. 6.Green Bay doesn't need to worry much about Dallas if both teams finish 10-6, because it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker, like it does with Seattle. Having that edge over Carolina, too, would be huge.The Packers can't be ruled out thanks to an improving Hundley and a revved-up Rodgers, but it will take a lot of proper permutations beyond what's in their control to sneak back into the postseason as a wild card or division winner.|
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