Packers vs. Steelers: The Good, Bad and Ugly

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn walks off the field after the Packers lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-31 at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

We are back to a solemn, quiet Monday morning in Packers Nation.

It’s not a good feeling.

The NFC North Division has been up for grabs since Aaron Rodgers left with a collarbone injury in the week 9 tilt with the Bears. No team has been able to clinch it or create enough separation to crown themselves. The Detroit Lions seemed like the likely candidates to take over – their undisciplined nature caused another late season collapse.

The Bears had the best opportunity, finding a gem in backup QB Josh McCown – who ultimately played better through the stretch than franchise QB Jay Cutler.

The Packers struggled through Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn in an attempt to salvage a very promising season without Rodgers. Injuries ravaged the ranks, from top to bottom, but they won the games they absolutely needed to be won to keep their head above water.

Now it all comes down to this: BEARS vs. PACKERS in a Week 17 “Win-and-In” playoff situation. The game will be played at Soldier Field, with everything on the line for both clubs; the tension is palpable.

How did we get here? The latest installment of our Good, Bad and Ugly will analyze the cues and miscues of yesterday’s game against the Steelers, setting up a game for the ages.

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