The Green Bay Packers are still very much alive thanks to a vintage performance from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Monday night’s 27-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, which included 30 completions and two touchdown passes from Rodgers, snapped Green Bay’s four-game losing streak and kept the Packers within striking range of the Detroit Lions for the division lead with five games left.
Rodgers understood the importance of the win, but he also warned against a feeling of relief after Green Bay’s first win in over a month.
“There’s a big difference between 4-7 and 5-6, for sure,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “But I hope there’s not a ton of relief setting in because we still have a lot of things in front of us we’d like to accomplish. This was a step in the right direction in a game we needed to take care of business, but we have a short week, and we’ve got Houston coming in, and we’ve got to have another similar performance.”
The Packers trail the Lions by two games in the NFC North. Green Bay already has a win over Detroit, and the two teams will play a second time in the season finale.
The upcoming schedule—which features games against the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks—isn’t easy. But for now, the Packers are alive and well.
It took a vintage Rodgers performance to bring Green Bay back from the dead.
The two-time NFL MVP hit Davante Adams for touchdowns on both of the Packers’ first two drives. He led Green Bay to points on five of the offense’s six drives (not including the kneel downs to end the half and game), while the Packers dominated time of possession and didn’t have a turnover. Rodgers threw for 313 yards, and he finished with a passer rating of 116.7.
The Packers need to keep winning to stay relevant. The season’s final five games figure to test everything about Mike McCarthy’s team. But for one night, Rodgers and the Packers proved their comeback story is possible.