Twice in the past three seasons, this was a de facto NFC North title game. Now, the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are already out of the playoff race. So much for another big showdown in the regular-season finale. For both the Lions and Packers, the offseason begins the moment today’s game ends in Detroit. Both teams showed promise at times in 2017, but an injury to Aaron Rodgers derailed Green Bay, and the Lions stumbled down the stretch for a second straight season. When these
GREEN BAY — Out of the playoffs for the first time in eight years, the Packers were a little subdued in the locker room this week. They’re not used to playing games in late December that don’t have postseason implications for themselves. But don’t call them “spoilers.” “I’m not really interested in being a spoiler or an underdog. We’re the Green Bay Packers. That doesn’t change,” coach Mike McCarthy said ahead of
7:30 p.m. today at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth).Radio: WBIZ (100.7-FM, 98.7-FM, 1400-AM, Packers broadcast), WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM, Vikings broadcast). Line: Vikings by 9. Over/under: 41. Record against spread: Vikings 10-4, Packers 7-7. Series record: Packers lead 60-51-2. Lastmeeting: Vikings beat Packers 23-10 on Oct. 15. Last week: Vikings beat Bengals 34-7; Packers lost to Panthers 31-24. AP Pro32 ranking:Vikings No. 3, Packers No. 18.
GREEN BAY — It has been a little quieter than normal in the Packers’ locker room this week. The perennial NFC contenders are out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is done for the season. It will be up to backup Brett Hundley to help provide a spark over the season’s closing weeks, starting with the home finale Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings. “Obviously we want to make the playoffs ... we want to try to get an
GREEN BAY — This will be a strange couple weeks in Titletown. The Green Bay Packers’ streak of eight straight postseason appearances is over. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is done for the year after he was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and tossed three interceptions in Sunday’s 31-24 loss at Carolina in his return from a broken collarbone. Coach Mike McCarthy said there were no setbacks with Rodgers’ injury, but it made sense to shut
Noon today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. TV: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). Radio: WBIZ (100.7-FM, 98.7-FM, 1400-AM). Line: Panthers by 3. Over/under: 47. Record against spread: Green Bay 7-6, Carolina 8-5. Series record: Packers lead 9-5. Last meeting: Panthers beat Packers 37-29 on Nov. 8, 2015. Last week: Packers beat Browns 27-21; Panthers beat Vikings 31-24. AP Pro32 ranking: Packers No. 15, Panthers No. 7. Packers offense (NFL rankings): Overall 25, rush 17, pass 24.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Green Bay Packers are hoping the return of Aaron Rodgers can propel them into the postseason. But the Packers (7-6) are going to need plenty of help aside from the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player’s return, as they remain on the outside looking in at the NFC playoff race entering today’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Green Bay is three games behind Minnesota with three games remaining, so winning the NFC North is considered a long shot. The
CLEVELAND — Your turn, Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers saved their season just in time for their star’s return. Brett Hundley threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams in overtime as the Packers rallied from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter for a 27-21 win on Sunday over the winless and luckless Cleveland Browns. Hundley pulled out his third win — and second straight in OT — since replacing Rodgers, and now the Packers (7-6) will get back
CLEVELAND — Barely, but the Green Bay Packers somehow survived without Aaron Rodgers. They just need to do it for one more week. With Rodgers on the verge of returning from a broken collarbone after missing seven games, the Packers (6-6) have stayed in the hunt for a spot in the NFC playoffs without their starting quarterback and can’t avoid a letdown this afternoon against the Browns, who may be winless but are also dangerous. “We need to win the game,” Packers coach
GREEN BAY — An overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept the Green Bay Packers in the NFC playoff race. But coach Mike McCarthy knows star quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ first full week of practice since breaking his collarbone won’t mean anything if his team loses at winless Cleveland on Sunday. “We need to win the game. We’re 6-6. We need to have seven wins when we get on that plane coming back from Cleveland,” McCarthy said Monday.