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 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 quarterback Brett Hundley, fresh off Sunday's 26-20 overtime victory over the Buccaneers in Lambeau Field, must play well enough to help them beat the Browns next week, and then starter Aaron Rodgers needs to return from his collarbone injury in Week 15. Here are the other things that need to happen with other teams ahead of them to give the Packers a realistic shot. Lions 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 is nine 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 Lambeau earlier this season, were in position to finish one game behind. Seahawks also finish 10-6 One game that could come into play nicely for the Packers is their season-opening victory over the Seahawks. Seattle had been inconsistent of late, losing two at home and winning two on the road, but got a huge win over Philadelphia on Sunday night to improve to 8-4. This scenario would require the Seahawks to finish 2-2 and finish second in the NFC West. It's plausible given their remaining schedule: at Jaguars, vs. Rams, at Cowboys, vs. Cardinals.
Packers' playoff scenarios line up well with Aaron Rodgers' possible return
Sporting News | Dec 4