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Here’s How the Green Bay Packers Playoff Scenarios Break Down

Nick Perry sacks Matthew Stafford

That’s right. The Green Bay Packers are still alive for the playoffs. Of course, technically, so are the 3-9 Atlanta Falcons, so… yeah.

In any case, there’s really only one realistic way the Packers can make the playoffs. They have to win the NFC North. That means they have to leapfrog both the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.

The Packers are a game and a half behind Detroit (7-5) for the division lead and a half game behind Chicago (6-6) at 5-6-1. So, if the Packers win their remaining four games, then Detroit would have to lose two of theirs and the Bears would have to lose one.

Well, what about a wild card, you say?

Virtually impossible.

The wild cards are currently held by the Carolina Panthers at 9-3 and the San Francisco 49ers at 8-4.

If there’s any good news here, the Packers have what look like some winnable games down the stretch.

They play Atlanta (3-9), at Dallas (7-5), Pittsburgh (5-7) and at Chicago (6-6).

If Aaron Rodgers plays, Dallas is the only game that looks tough.

Detroit plays at Philadelphia (7-5), Baltimore (6-6), the New York Giants (5-7) and at Minnesota (3-8-1).

Chicago plays Dallas (7-5), at Cleveland (4-8), at Philadelphia (7-5) and Green Bay (5-6-1).

Obviously, if the Packers don’t win on Sunday, they might as well pack it in. And, looking at Detroit’s remaining schedule, if they beat Philadelphia on Sunday, the Packers can probably pack it in as well.

As Jim Mora would say… playoffs!? Playoffs!?

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Abe Frohman December 5, 2013

    Playoffs? You’re talking about the playoffs?

    at this point, I’m ready to put the season to bed. I’d rather have the higher draft choice than one and done in the first round of the playoffs. Of course, Teddy will probably trade back for more 6th rounders…..

  2. Nacho dan December 5, 2013

    Over?! Did you say over?! Nothing’s over until we decide it is! Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

    1. the real russ letlow December 5, 2013

      you tell em Bluto!

    2. GBslacker December 5, 2013

      I always get a kick when someone will respond with: “you, sir, are an idiot…”

  3. ay hombre December 5, 2013

    The only tough game is Dallas? That has to be a joke. The Jacksonville Jaguars would be tough right now. Atlanta is getting healthy at the right time. This season officially ends on Sunday.

  4. FITZCORE1252 December 5, 2013

    Big Philly fan this weekend.

    1. chucks December 5, 2013

      likewise… hey. come on guys… the lions losing 3 is not out of the question!

  5. E. Wolf December 5, 2013

    I stated it from the beginning. It was a metaphysical certitude–METAPHYSICAL CERTITUDE!–that the season was over when Rodgers went down. After this week, the metaphyiscal will transfrom from predictive to reality.
    I take solace knowing the team will come back healthy next year and will be far stronger.

    1. icebowl December 5, 2013

      Well spoken

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    2. K.L. December 5, 2013

      Uh, no. We had several opportunities to win while Rodgers was out, and the team just couldn’t do it. There is no excuse. If we had won just 2 of the last 4 games, the season would still be alive and well for us. You talk as if we had no chance once Rodgers went down. Stop trying to be a smartass.

    3. therealChuckywasCecil December 6, 2013

      I apologize to you, E. Wolf. I thought you were premature in your season’s over assessment when Rodgers went down.

  6. Mike S. December 5, 2013

    I am with Charles Woodson on this one…Aaron ought to rest out the rest of the year and let the kid..Tolzien…get taught correctly how to play QB…He can throw the ball… now reading the defense…that is something else.

  7. cd4packers December 5, 2013

    Even if the Packers miraculously win the remaining regular season games and somehow make the playoffs, they are still going to struggle. We will get killed in the playoffs. Best to cut our losses now and start looking toward next season. Get a fresh new start with a new DC and overall the secondary…..and get some help for Rodgers on the Oline. And…..the list of Packer needs is endless imo. I say put Rodgers on ice until the Packers get this team turned around and headed in a more positive direction. What ever it takes to do that, is TT job. MM can only work with what he has, and right now there are slim pickins.

    1. E. Wolf December 5, 2013

      Actually our secondary has a lot of talent. Davon House, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, the last of whom is of course out. The problem is the safety position and perhaps ILB, that and Perry and Jones are not playing up to potential (yet).
      With Bulaga back, and provided he does not prove to be injury prone, we have a nice set of tackles with Bakthiari and a nice set of guards. It is arguable whether one should upgrade from EDS or not.

      1. cd4packers December 5, 2013

        I said overhaul the secondary. That means fix it. Our Defense is pathetic right now and that may be due to injuries or whatever, I am not a coach. I am a fan. I come here to chat. Not to argue who is right or wrong. I read what you have to say and fine…that’s your opinion. It’s interesting to see what other fans think. I am not here to prove how smart I may or may not be in regard to football. lmfao. I love the game. Period.

      2. Savage57 December 6, 2013

        Did you not watch Megatron look like he was practicing against Shields? And fuck the end-zone interception – Stafford puts some air under the ball where Sammy Smurf can’t get at it and it’s 6. Shields almost dropped it three times besides – good thing the fucking ball came to rest in his lap, otherwise he’d still be sitting there empty-handed, shaking his head.

        Davon House? The slowest person on earth? The cat that keeps forgetting to take the ankle weights off when he gets dressed for the game? The guy that 2-3 times a game channels his inner Terrell ‘Toast’ Buckley? The guy that hasn’t figured out that the term ‘shoestring tackle’ doesn’t mean you actually go for the shoestrings?

        Casey Heyward. Fucking one-year wonder. I’m pretty sure he’s going to turn into yet another in the pantheon of Packer defensive players where the mention of his name is preceeded by “I wonder whatever happened to”…

        And finally, Tramon “Chauncey Gardener” Williams. As in, I like to watch. When he signed his contact with Teddy, I wonder if he let him know that the piece rate on interceptions was going to be about $4MM per?

        Packers secondary? Got my own nickname for ’em.

        Legion of Gloom.

    2. icebowl December 5, 2013

      I agree…
      They need to dump Flynn
      Let Scotty T. get some time in so that he can be a viable backup next time #12 goes down.
      Dumping McMillan was the right move.
      Just hope he doesn’t “Ross” us somewhere down the road…

      Job #1 for 2013 : make ensure Bears don’t win division

  8. Nacho dan December 5, 2013

    Never say die!

  9. cd4packers December 5, 2013

    If you want to chat live with real fans instead of just leaving a comment, go to watercoolersports.com. Sorry Monty, this place sucks.

  10. T-Pack December 6, 2013

    I will never understand how some fans would rather not make the playoffs then to lose in the first rd. 1st off anything can happen in the playoffs. 2nd I want my team to go as far as possible. Fuck the Seahawks I would love the chance to knock them out.
    That being said we lose this week Rodgers should be shut down. Always next year!

  11. Andrew Chitko December 6, 2013

    I didn’t like the decision to pull Tolzien for Flynn when it happened. I didn’t like it after Flynn led the Packers back against that Minnesota prevent soft-ass zone. And guess what…I still don’t like it.

    Tolzien got the shaft and in my opinion STILL should have never been replaced by Flynn. That decision is going to kill us as Flynn sucks it up again this week while the better QB watches.