The Green Bay Packers will have their catalyst when they face the New York Giants in their biggest game of the season, this week. Aaron Rodgers is set to return from a concussion-induced one-game absence, according to Jason Wilde.
Yes, after seeing his 46-game consecutive starts streak (including playoffs) snapped when he was inactive for Sunday night’s 31-27 loss to the New England Patriots because of a concussion suffered Dec. 12 at Detroit, the Green Bay Packers quarterback said he has passed all the requisite cognitive tests and been cleared by both team physician Dr. John Gray and an independent neurologist, clearing the way for him to return to action for Sunday’s must-win game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field.
The Packers will face a Giants team that can clinch a wild card berth if they win Sunday’s game. Similarly, if the Packers win their final two games, they’re guaranteed a wild card.
The Chicago Bears, who are the Packers week 17 opponent, clinched the NFC North by beating Minnesota, Monday night.
Although backup Matt Flynn played well against the Patriots, he isn’t exactly the elite-level quarterback Rodgers is. Nor does he have the experience in big games — the Patriots’ game was his first NFL start.
Now we can worry about more important things, like stopping the Giants rushing attack.