From the Armchair: Green Bay Packers Week 16

12/22/13 in NFL   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-31 at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsLast week the Packers returned to Dallas where they won their last Super Bowl.  This week they took on the Pittsburgh Steelers who they beat in that Super Bowl.  This week didn't end as well as last week's return to Dallas as the Steelers won 38-31 in a fun but very poorly played game.  The combination of stupid penalties, poor special teams (don't blame Shawn Slocum, all the guys who are supposed to be on special teams are actually playing due to injuries), and poor clock management did the Packers in.

The game actually started well for the Packers with them seeming to be in control of the entire first half.  But, the Steelers started out the second half with a touchdown drive and would be in control of the game from that point on.  The Packers did have the ball on the Steelers five yard line, down seven, with a minute to go, but a combination of stupidity led to the Packers only getting two plays off and losing.  On the final play, Matt Flynn had Jordy Nelson wide open in the endzone, but instead chose to make a tougher pass to Jarrett Boykin for inexplicable reasons.

As of this writing, the Bears are pulling off a masterful Jim Schwartz level choke job against the Eagles.  This means that next weeks match up in Chicago will decide the NFC North title and the 4th seed in the NFC playoffs.  Aaron Rodgers's return is up in the air and will probably end up deciding the game.

If the Bears do win, the Detroit Lions will be the only team in the NFC North with a winning record against divisional opponents and will somehow end up 3rd in the division.  If the Packers win, it'll have an similar set up to their last Super Bowl season where the Eagles helped get us into the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers got hurt and couldn't play, and Matt Flynn blew a game with bad clock management.  Either way, the NFL has to be happy having a Bears-Packers Week 17 match up deciding the NFC North.
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