Packers Clinch a Playoff Berth!

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders

The Green Bay Packers needed a few scenario’s to go their way this Sunday in order for them to clinch a 7th straight playoff berth. A victory Sunday against a young and improved Oakland Raiders team or a combination of losses by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants and the Washington Redskins would guarantee them a another shot at the Lombardi Trophy. Christmas came early for the Packers as Tampa Bay lost to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night and the New York Giants lost to the undefeated Carolina Packers on Sunday. The Packers had clinched a berth before the first quarter even ended.

Green Bay still took care of business on Sunday with a 30-20 victory over the Raiders. The defense really came to play. They intercepted quarterback, Derek Carr twice in the game and cornerback, Demarius Randall took one of them back for touchdown. Right now, Green Bay stands atop the NFC North Division with a 10-4 record. However, the Minnesota Viking will not go away quietly, as they remain only 1 game back them with 2 games to play. The Packers play the Vikings the last game of the season in Lambeau, so you can be sure this game will have huge playoff implications.

The Packers have made the postseason every year since 2009. That is tied for the longest active streak in the NFL with the New England Patriots. After Green Bay’s devastating NFC Championship loss to Seattle last year, you can see these Packers want nothing more than to get back to that game and finish what they felt they should have done last year. They believe finishing off the season strong will pay large dividends in the end. Right tackle, Ryan Bulaga said “ “I think our mentality is, no matter what the situation was with the playoffs or not, every game’s important. Not for just the playoffs, but kind of get some momentum going these last few weeks so we can springboard into the postseason. Next week, the Packers make a trip out West for their final road game of the season against a tough Arizona Cardinals team. This will be a tough matchup for the Packers, but when you have a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers under center you are always in the game.

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