Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) celebrates his
touchdown followed by Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang (70)
during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec.
15, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.
GREEN BAY — One
day after matching the greatest come-from-behind victory in their
93-year history, the Green Bay Packers' focus is on another
comeback: A late-season rally that will extend their streak of
consecutive postseason berths to five.
they'll have quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the final two games of
the regular season remains unclear.
After erasing a
23-point halftime deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys 37-36 on
Sunday, the Packers enter their final two games at 7-6-1.
Pittsburgh next Sunday at Lambeau Field before the regular-season
finale at Chicago on Dec. 29.
formula is simple in the three-team NFC North division race with
the Bears, who are 8-6 after Sunday's victory at Cleveland, and
the Detroit Lions, who are 7-7 after Monday night's loss against
Baltimore: Beat the Steelers and Bears.
the adversity that just seemed like it would not end, (have) had
some calls that didn't go our way that frankly probably should
have, and just to keep battling, it's something that we can draw
from, it's something that we will build on," said Packers
coach Mike McCarthy, whose team is the only one in the NFC to have
made the playoffs each of the past four seasons.
getting ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it's an excellent
team victory. Can't say enough about our football team, can't say
how proud I am of each and every player just to stay the course,
and that's exactly what they did. ... It will definitely be a game
I'll never forget."
intercepting the ball from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony
Romo, Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38)
celebrates with defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the
second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013,
in Arlington, Texas. Green Bay won 37-36.
Down 26-3 at
halftime, backup quarterback Matt Flynn led the Packers to
touchdowns on their first five possessions of the second half
while the defense got a pair of crucial interceptions from
cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams in the final three
matched a 1982 rally in which the Packers overcame a 23-0 deficit
to beat the Los Angeles Rams 35-23.
so hard," said Flynn, who struggled in the first half but
finished the game 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards with four
touchdowns and one interception (113.1 rating).
bad in the first half, coming out in the second half and playing
like we did offensively and defensively, I think says a lot about
But it only means
something if the Packers parlay it into two more victories and a
playoff berth — something that would be easier to accomplish
with Aaron Rodgers under center.
The former NFL
MVP has not played since fracturing his left collarbone against
the Bears on Nov. 4, but wanted to play against the Cowboys and
was displeased when McCarthy and team physician Patrick McKenzie
told him he could not.
Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) runs back an
interception from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as
running back DeMarco Murray (29) defends during the second
half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in
Arlington, Texas. Green Bay won 37-36.
At his usual
day-after news conference Monday, McCarthy said he had just come
from a meeting with the medical staff and said that Rodgers'
status was not discussed.
"Just had a
brief medical meeting. Frankly, we didn't even discuss
Aaron," McCarthy said. "Aaron's situation will be
evaluated Wednesday morning and then we'll have a plan for him
Rodgers was not
available to reporters Monday and did not speak to the media after
the game Sunday.
that the coaches would begin the game-planning process as if Flynn
would be the starter against the Steelers, but Flynn, for one,
expects Rodgers to return.
hopes that Aaron's back," Flynn said. "I don't
anticipate being the guy going forward. I would anticipate Aaron
getting healthy. That's what we're all hoping for and that's what
I'm hoping for."