For the Green Bay Packers, the return of Aaron Rodgers brought good tidings of comfort and joy as they dismantled the New York Giants, 45-17 in Lambeau Field. Rodgers threw for 404 yards and four touchdowns one week after sitting out due to a concussion suffered in Week 14.
The Packers defense, burned twice earlier in the game, harassed the Giants and forced six turnovers on the day. Eli Manning threw for 301 yards and two scores but his four interceptions proved too much to overcome.
The Giants were once in the driver's seat for the division title but after two straight bad losses, they now find themselves needed some help to reach the postseason. For the Packers, their path is more cut-and-dry. Win next against the Chicago Bears and they're in. The Bears will be playing for a first round bye unless the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday night.
For the Falcons fans hoping to avoid the Eagles in the playoffs, here's our cheering scenario: Vikings beat the Eagles Tuesday night. This means the Bears clinch a first-round bye and rest their starters against the Packers. The Packers make the playoffs and play in Philly instead of the Giants. I am much more confident the Packers could win in Philly, than I am of the Giants chances.
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