How Packers’ crucial win over Rams impacts NFC playoff picture

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers got the job done on Monday Night Football, returning from their bye week to defeat the Los Angeles Rams.

With the victory, the Packers pull closer to the playoff positions, making it a positive weekend for Matt LaFleur’s team.

The Packers were in control for most of the game, and the result rarely looked in doubt.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 229 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs made an impact on his return from injury with five catches for a team-high 55 yards.

Green Bay’s defense dominated, sacking Baker Mayfield five times while also forcing an interception. Los Angeles was held to just 72 yards rushing and 84 yards passing, and scored only 12 points.

With this victory, the Packers improve to 6-8 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

So, what does it mean for the playoff race in the NFC? Let’s look at the updated standings after Green Bay’s win over Los Angeles.

NFC standings after Week 15: Packers stay in race

1. Philadelphia Eagles (13-1)
2. Minnesota Vikings (11-3)
3. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8)
5. Dallas Cowboys (10-4)
6. New York Giants (8-5-1)
7. Washington Commanders (7-6-1)

8. Seattle Seahawks (7-7)
9. Detroit Lions (7-7)
10. Green Bay Packers (6-8)
11. Carolina Panthers (5-9)
12. New Orleans Saints (5-9)
13. Atlanta Falcons (5-9)
14. Los Angeles Rams (4-10)
15. Arizona Cardinals (4-10)
16. Chicago Bears (3-11)

Green Bay still needs to win out and get some help, but the playoff picture looks a lot better after Week 15.

The Packers are now only one game behind the Seattle Seahawks. With the Washington Commanders losing this week, they have pulled closer to the seventh seed.

If Green Bay wins out, it will get to 9-8. It means Washington must lose two of its remaining three (or the New York Giants lose out) and Seattle lose one more.

There’s still a lot of work to do, and the Packers must win a third straight when they visit the Miami Dolphins on Christmas Day.