The Playoffs Begin This Sunday for the Packers
On Tuesday, Packers’ players are relaxing on their usual day off as they prepare to face the New York Giants next Sunday. Despite both teams losing last weekend, this week’s game has do-or-die playoff implications. To put it simply, if the Packers win their remaining two games, they are in the playoffs.
If you’re looking for a more lengthy explanation, here it is. If the Packers (8-6) win out, but finish tied with the Giants (9-5), the Packers would win the tie-breaker based on head-to-head play. Should three teams – the Packers, Giants, and Buccaneers (8-6) – end the season tied at 10-6, the Packers would win based on the strength-of-victory criteria.
The Packers have the advantage of playing their final two regular season games in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field. If the Packers can muscle past the Giants on Sunday, the archrival Bears would be the only remaining obstacle standing between them and the playoffs.
With 14 players on the injured-reserve list, it’s simply amazing that the words “Packers” and “playoffs” can even be used in the same hopeful breath. Lesser teams would have folded by now, but last week’s collective effort and intensity put forth by Matt Flynn and company gave Packer fans cause for optimism.
Besides, the Packers are due for a big win. They couldn’t possibly lose another game by a margin of 4 points or less…right?