Packers hoping return of Rodgers boosts playoff chances

Packers hoping return of Rodgers boosts playoff chances

Packers hoping return of Rodgers boosts playoff chances

The Packers and Panthers traded TD drives in the first quarter and headed to the second tied at 7. He tossed three unnecessary interceptions after having thrown just three in his previous six games, and now the Packers may be sitting at home in January for the first time in nine years.

But Green Bay got the ball back and Rodgers hit tight end Richard Rodgers on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 2:43 to play.

Green Bay (7-6) is at Carolina (9-4) in one of the biggest games of the NFL's Week 15. Adams was knocked out of the game on a blindside block by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis following an Aaron Rodgers interception in the third quarter.

The loss pretty much takes Green Bay out of the playoff picture, something they haven't experienced since the 2008-09 season.

A win by Atlanta Monday night will officially eliminate the Packers from the playoffs. And so the Packers needed fewer interceptions and more from its generational quarterback than his 287 yards and three touchdowns, surgically repaired shoulder or not. He unloaded on Davante Adams, launching and meeting the wideout helmet-to-helmet.

Winning out seems realistic with the way the offense came to life with the reemergence of tight end Greg Olsen as a weapon and possibly the coming-out party of rookie running back Christian McCaffrey. Adams left the game with a concussion, his second of the season and third in the last 14 months.

See how Twitter has reacted to Rodgers's triumphant return.

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