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5 Players Who Mean the Most to a Green Bay Packers Playoff Run

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5 Players That Mean The Most to a Green Bay Packers Playoff Run

Aaron Rodgers
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Well back on Thanksgiving, nobody thought the Green Bay Packers were going to make it to the playoffs. The Packers lost four games including a 40-10 loss they suffered from the Detroit Lions after trying quarterbacks Scott Tolzien, Seneca Wallace and Matt Flynn out after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 9.

Since then, the Packers have worked back up the power rankings under Flynn and sit at a 7-6-1 record. Flynn may have done just enough to put the Packers back in action in time for Rodgers' anticipated return. The Packers are now second in the NFC North thanks to a Lions loss last Monday night. While the Packers celebrated at the Lions' defeat, they still have a tall task at hand in the remaining two games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will give the Packers their best fight in Week 16 while the “Pack” will finish the season in Chicago in a very important game against the Chicago Bears.

Since Rodgers has been injured, the Packers have had to rely on other players to come through in the heat of the moment. Last Sunday, the Packers made an amazing comeback over the Dallas Cowboys after being held to just three points in the first half. Flynn finished with four touchdown passes, while rookie running back Eddie Lacy ran the ball for 141 yards and a touchdown.

If the Packers manage to squirm into the playoffs, who will Green Bay turn to and need the most? Here are the top five players.

Brandon Sweeney covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL football for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SweeneyRant, Like him on Facebook and add him to Google+.

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5. Clay Matthews

Clay
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Although he has only made 6.5 sacks, which is less than his career average in a season, Clay Matthews is a force on the Packers' defense that all opposing quarterbacks know about. A peer leader on the defense and his play in every game seems to prove that. Matthews has already been an important player their last Super Bowl/playoff run in 2011.

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4. Randall Cobb

Cobb
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Randall Cobb has not been in uniform for the Green Bay Packers since October when the wide receiver broke his fibula. After spending the last several weeks on the designated to return list, Cobb is getting healthy at the right time and started practicing again on Wednesday. His big-play ability makes him a threat every time he touches the ball.

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3. Eddie Lacy

Eddie
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With his 1,028 yards on the ground and his eight rushing touchdowns, it has become obvious that rookie running back Eddie Lacy has become a key feature of the offense. Establishing the run is how to win in the playoffs. Lacy can also catch the ball out of the backfield (31 catches, 236 yards).

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2. Jordy Nelson

Nelson
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Wide receiver Jordy Nelson has put on one of his best seasons yet in 2013. With eight touchdowns and 1,107 receiving yards, Nelson has been a nightmare to all defensive backs.

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1. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron
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There is no one the Packers need back more than Aaron Rodgers if the organization wants to make a run into the postseason. The Packers and Rodgers are waiting patiently for him to be cleared to go while there remains a chance to compete in the playoffs.