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Green Bay Packers Planning for Matt Flynn Against Pittsburgh Steelers

December 16th, 2013 at 3:34 PM
By Sean Tehan

The Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) miraculously stayed in the thick of the NFC North Division race on Sunday after a thrilling comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys (7-7) in through the arm of veteran backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who started in place of MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a third consecutive game.

Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to reporters on Monday and said there has been no medical decision made on Rodgers for next week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8). "We're game planning right now for Matt Flynn," McCarthy said. "I spoke with the medical staff today but we didn't discuss (Rodgers). His situation will be evaluated Wednesday morning and we'll put together a plan by then."

Flynn, who completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and four touchdown passes, engineered a 23-point comeback in the second-half to help the Packers defeat the Cowboys, 37-36. The Packers incredible, season-saving win marked the franchise's first victory in Dallas since 1989 and matched their largest comeback in franchise history.

"It's a great victory, just to go out and take that victory and earn it, one play at a time," McCarthy said. "To come over the adversity, keep battling, it's something we will build on. I can't say enough of how proud I am of each player to stay the course. Great environment, just to hear the Packer fans go crazy in Dallas was special and it's definitely a game I won't forget."

Since Rodgers broke his collarbone in a loss to the Chicago Bears in week nine, the Packers are 2-4-1 in games where Rodgers did not finish. On Friday, the Packers ruled out Rodgers against the Cowboys after meeting with team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.

The Packers trail the Detroit Lions (7-6) and Bears (8-6) in the NFC North and Green Bay must win their final two games against the Steelers and Bears to have a chance at reaching the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. McCarthy and the Packers will have a tough decision ahead if Rodgers is questionable to return this weekend, as the former Super Bowl MVP gives the Packers their best chance to win.

If the Lions lose one of their final three games, Green Bay would control their own destiny to win their third consecutive division title. The Lions host the Baltimore Ravens (7-6) on Monday Night Football, but McCarthy won't be watching Monday's primetime match up. "I have no interest in watching the game," McCarthy said. "I have to pay attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Injury News: Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (shoulder) and tight end Brandon Bostick (foot) suffered injuries in the win at Dallas on Sunday and their statuses are uncertain moving forward…According to McCarthy, Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (fibula) had a "very good workout" on Monday and Green Bay will know more about his injury status by Wednesday.

Other News and Notes: McCarthy has been listed as a potential candidate to become the next head football coach at the University of Texas, but McCarthy said he is "proud to be a Green Bay Packer," and "Green Bay is home for me, home for my family," possibly disputing any rumors he would become the next head coach in Austin.


Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Baltimore Ravens, Brandon Bostick, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, Johnny Jolly, Matt Flynn, Mike McCarthy, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Randall Cobb

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