Never count out Aaron Rodgers, who often plays at his best when the Green Bay Packers’ backs are firmly pressed to the wall.
Rodgers was near perfect as he powered a dominant Green Bay performance in Philadelphia on Monday night. The Packers’ season was essentially on the line, a loss almost certainly ending their hopes of regaining the NFC North title.
With victory, they move back within two games of the division-leading Lions, who the Packers meet in Week 17. A lot of football is to be played.
Not only was a potential playoff berth ready to slip away, jobs could also be considered on the line. Had Mike McCarthy slipped to a fifth defeat in a row, all but ending any hopes of a postseason return, would his job have been placed in jeopardy at season’s end?
This was, however, just one step. The Packers must build on Monday’s success to dig themselves out of their 5-6 shaped hole. A seventh or eighth loss would kill off any comeback. The margin for error remains paper thin.
What did we learn from the Packers’ impressive performance in primetime? Here’s five takeaways.