The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 on Monday Night Football. "The win prevented the Green Bay Packers from clinching the No. 1 playoff seed," according to the Associated Press. "Green Bay can still lock it up by beating either Chicago or Detroit at Lambeau Field to close out the regular season. Any San Francisco loss also seals it for the Packers." The health of Aaron Rodgers is imperative in Sunday's game against Chicago, especially in light of the injuries to the offensive line, but the Packers must still play to win. Coming into last week's Chiefs game, I think a lot of fans assumed the Bears game would be meaningless. Not so much anymore.
Rookie tackle Derek Sherrod broke both the tibia and the fibula in his right leg, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Sherrod underwent emergency surgery in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday after the game and remained hospitalized there," writes Demovsky. "The source said Sherrod was expected to be released on Thursday or Friday." The article goes on to say it will be months before Sherrod can return to action. The question now is, will be able to return in time for the start of the 2012 season?
With both Derek Sherrod and Bryan Bulaga injured, albeit to different extents, the offensive line is in shambles. Sherrod figures to go on injured reserve, and the Packers will sign an offensive lineman to provide depth. "Regardless of who they sign, it won’t be someone who can start Sunday against the Bears, so they will have to go with T.J. Lang at right tackle," writes Rob Demovsky. "Lang, the regular starter at left guard, hadn’t taken any reps at right tackle this season before he was forced to move when Sherrod’s right leg snapped midway through the fourth quarter." The offensive line will likely be the same one that ended the Chiefs game: Marshall Newhouse, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang from left to right.
History says the Packers will likely bounce back from the loss to Chiefs, writes Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
Analysis on the loss of Greg Jennings comes from Eric Baranczyk and Cliff Christl of the Press-Gazette.
Quotes from the Packers coordinators appear at JSOnline.
Thoughts from Mike McCarthy on the pulse of the team come from the Press-Gazette.
Mike McCarthy wishes he'd challenged the touchdown by Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope.
Scofflaws are using counterfeit bills to buy Packers tickets on game days.
A member of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team comments on the Packers loss.
Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel rates the Packers in their loss to the Chiefs.
Despite the loss, the Packers are still heavy Super Bowl favorites.
Video: Donald Driver is making Christmas a little more merry in Green Bay, from Fox 11...
Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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