The Green Bay Packers playoff hopes are expected to officially end tonight when the Atlanta Falcons meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Monday night football action. If the Falcons win, the Packers are out. That would mean the Packers would play the final two games of the season, starting with a home game against Minnesota on Saturday, without anything to play for.
Aaron Rodgers returned to the Packers lineup on Sunday and while he threw three touchdown passes, he also tossed three interceptions in a 31-24 loss to the Panthers.
The Packers needed Rodgers to play flawless football in his return from a broken collarbone. But Rodgers was clearly rusty, completing 26 of 45 for 290 yards. It was Rodgers first three interception game since 2009 and just the fourth of his career.
“Obviously, I saw it going a little differently,” Rodgers said. “But I’m proud of our guys for the way they played the last few weeks. Today, disappointed. I didn’t play very well. Obviously, I hold myself to a high standard. I expected to play well. It’s a good defense but I made too many mistakes. Even still, we had a chance there at the end to come back and tie it.” [Read more…]