Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/23/15
Aaron Rodgers (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) Somehow, someway, the Green Bay Packers still have a chance to make the playoffs.  Before last week, all the Packers needed to do was beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears and the NFC North was theirs.  Unfortunately, the Packers lost to the Steelers in a tight game last Sunday.  With that loss, they needed the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the Bears to force a winner take all Packers verses Bears game in week 17.  The scary news was that no matter how the Eagles did last Sunday night, they would play the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East the final week of the season.  But even though the Eagles had nothing to play for, they still throttled the Bears and all Packers fans were able to breathe easy for one more week. This season has been injury plagued for the Packers.  For the last seven weeks, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been sidelined with a broken collarbone, and he might or might not return for the season finale against the Bears.  With Rodgers out, the Packers have had to play a game of musical chairs at the quarterback position.  Seneca Wallace played most of the first Bears game, but injured his groin the following week against the Eagles.  Wallace’s injury forced an unknown named Scott Tolzien to start the following two games, only to be replaced by Matt Flynn, who has started the last four games. Quarterback is not the only position the Packers have been hurting at this year.  Wide receiver Randall Cobb broke his leg against the Baltimore Ravens in week 6 and has not played since.  Along with Cobb, James Jones also missed time due to an injury, which forced an undrafted second year Jarrett Boykin to step into the lineup.  Aside from Rodgers, the most devastating injury to the Packers had to be when Jermichael Finley suffered a neck injury against the Cleveland Browns in week 7.  Finley might not be able to play football ever again, and he was a huge target for the Packers in the red zone. Star outside linebacker Clay Matthews broke his thumb in the Packers first meeting against the Detroit Lions and was forced to miss four weeks.  Matthews broke that same right thumb last week against the Steelers and might be forced to miss the rest of the season.  Along with Matthews, cornerback Casey Hayward also missed time due to a lingering hamstring injury, an injury which put Hayward on injured reserve. If someone would have told me that the Packers would have lost three of their biggest offensive weapons and two of their top defensive playmakers and still have a possibility of making the playoffs, I would have asked that person to take a mental test.  But, the Packers are in that exact spot.  They travel to Chicago on Sunday with the division title on the line.  Somehow, even with all the setbacks, they still have a chance.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano in 14 seconds

Dick Vitale will not call Duke-UNC rematch either

PHOTO: Auburn coaches, players wear ribbons for Mason

Dustin Penner apologizes after sending rape joke on Twitter


Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant

Report: Panthers officially parting ways with Greg Hardy

Could the Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG: Inglewood stadium would be a terrorism target

Former Knick Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Report: Blackhawks, Caps discussed Patrick Sharp trade

WATCH: NIU C brings down basket on dunk

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

Chris Sale out three weeks with foot injury

NHL analyst calls out media over Blackhawks report

Alabama recruits aim to bring the dynasty back

WATCH: Jon Jones, Rumble Johnson prank Dana White

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Ray Rice addresses domestic violence case, his future & more

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell throws down monster alley-oop

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

WATCH: Russell Westbrook literally gets dent in his face

Packers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Rousey beats Zingano in 14 seconds

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG plays dirty with Inglewood stadium

Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Westbrook got dent in his cheek

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.