New York Giants Playoff Chances: Seeding & Potential Matchups Week 17
Jan 03 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The line is warranted because the Packers are home, have won six straight games, beat the Giants earlier this season and are led by brilliant quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 10-6 Dolphins, beaten for only the second time in the past 11 games, had already earned an AFC wild-card berth. Live streaming is available via NBC Sports Live Extra.
BUCS 17, PANTHERS 16: Jameis Winston threw for 202 yards and one touchdown in the win, but the 9-7 Buccanneers were eliminated from playoff contention. The Packers beat the Lions 34-27 in Week 3.
How close was DeAndre Levy to reaching the sideline as Rodgers hurried up his offense to draw a too-many-men-on-the-field flag against Detroit?
Motown's new football stadium opened in 2002, and since then it has hosted a Super Bowl and a Final Four.
Green Bay (10-6) caught fire after a 4-6 start, winning their final six games to overtake the Detroit Lions and win the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers has been otherworldly during that stretch. They changed things up a little bit in the backfield because of health (Christine Michael, whom they acquired off waivers from Seattle on November 17, is now the team's leading rusher).
Pour me a big glass of Honolulu Blue Kool-Aid, because I think this team gets it done. I'm excited about it. "We have a great opportunity to do something that hasn't been done in a long time".
It hasn't been easy, and it certainly wasn't against the Lions.
Pardon the Packers for not knowing a whole heck of a lot about running back Paul Perkins and cornerback Eli Apple, rookies who hardly played in the first meeting. What exactly happened that got Green Bay going on such a roll?
The Packers are pleased to be in this position.
What has to kill defenders about Aaron Rodgers, what has to absolutely drive them insane when they watch film or run back plays in their minds, is not that Rodgers make plays that few, if any, other quarterbacks can make. The team announced the moves after the game. Two quarters to go before the NFC North title is crowned. We understand what we need to do to get to this point.
The Packers are going to the postseason!
"He was communicating and everything - looked positive before he left the field", coach Mike McCarthy said. With Favre, I held my breath every time he threw the ball. He's dealt with a sore right calf but showed no ill effects while smoothly eluding Detroit's pass rush all night. There isn't a hotter team around and the Rodgers-led offense is en fuego. "When it's cold and he's outside he plays the same game and plays very well". He's thrown four interceptions and lost a fumble during that span.
Rodgers' mobility makes it hard to disrupt the Packers' passing attack with pressure. Early on, Burnett was playing inside linebacker, but played a bit of safety as well in the first half. WR Andre Roberts (shoulder) and CB Darius Slay (hamstring) are questionable.
Awaiting the winners of those games will be the top seeds: No. 1 Patriots and No. 2 Chiefs in the AFC, No. 1 Cowboys and No. 2 Falcons in the NFC. Detroit made the playoffs that year as a wild card. We never lost sight of where we wanted to go. The marquee away games are at Dallas (the NFC's best team this year) and Green Bay (recent conference rival).