For the first time in weeks, the Green Bay Packers looked like a team capable of sustaining a late season push towards a possible playoff spot. Their effort fell just short at Pittsburgh on Sunday night, as a last second 53-yard field goal turned into a 31-28 Packers defeat.
The loss didn’t eliminate the Packers (5-6) from the playoff hunt, but their position isn’t one that teams are clamoring to be in either. The NFC North division race, although mathematically still possible, but those odds are slim. They trail the Minnesota Vikings (9-2) by four games with five left to play.
In the wildcard race, the Packers odds are a little better, but still not anything to write home about at this time. The Packers two games behind a pair of teams for the sixth and final playoff spot. It likely puts them in a position where they will need to win all five remaining games and then still get some help along the way.
Brett Hundley, in his best performance yet, completed 17 of 26 for 245 yards and three touchdowns. Even more important is Hundley didn’t turn the ball over. And it wasn’t because he was too conservative. [Read more…]