The Green Bay Packers were in trouble two weeks ago. They had lost four of their last five, with the only exception being the tie against the Minnesota Vikings. All of this was happening with an injured Aaron Rodgers on the sideline. While the Packers were in freefall, the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions had a chance to pull away in the division race. But, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler missed five games, and the Lions could not take advantage of both teams losing their starting quarterbacks. Now, the Packers have won two straight, including a 23 point comeback victory against the Dallas Cowboys, and only sit half a game behind the Bears for the division lead with two games left.
The comeback against the Cowboys might be dubbed as the game that saved the Packers season. The first half was a disaster. The Packers could not stop Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, as he was able to pick apart the Packers secondary with ease. Running back DeMarco had 93 yards at halftime on 11 carries. The Packers’ offense was having trouble sustaining long drives. It started to feel like the Thanksgiving Day disaster against the Lions.
But, Packers running back Eddie Lacy started the second half with a 60 yard run, and Matt Flynn connected with Jordy Nelson to get the Packers within 16 points. The Packers were able to score four touchdowns on their first four second half drives, and were only trailing by five with just under three minutes remaining. Then, Romo became the December Romo once more, as he threw behind wide receiver Miles Austin and was intercepted on a great recovery by Sam Shields. Lacy capped the comeback with a one yard touchdown run, and the Packers were up by one with one and a half minutes left. Trying to lead a comeback, Romo threw another interception, this time to Tramon Williams, and the Packers tied the biggest comeback in franchise history.
With Cutler being out and the Lions letting their best chance to win the division slip away, the Packers are sitting right where they want to be with two games remaining. If the Packers and the Bears win this upcoming weekend, the two rivals will battle for the NFC North crown on the final week of the year. The Packers first goal is to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. They might get a little help this week as it sounds more and more likely Aaron Rodgers will play against the Steelers.
The NFC North is the Packers division for the taking. The Bears and Lions had their chances to pull away with Rodgers out. They both failed to do so. With Rodgers possibly coming back, this Packers team is looking very dangerous.