Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared ready and confident to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Unfortunately, it appears that wasn’t enough as Green Bay’s playoff hopes will rest in the hands of backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
“He’s not medically cleared,” McCarthy said Friday, according to ESPN. “That’s still the case today. But as an organization, we don’t feel that this is the right time for him to play.”
As bad as it is to still not have Rodgers healthy enough to play, the Packers have to be confident with Flynn under center. The 28-year-old, who returned to the team a few weeks ago after floating around the NFL, will have an opportunity to give Green Bay their third consecutive victory in another must-win contest.
After a dismal first half against the Dallas Cowboys last week, Flynn led Green Bay to five touchdown drives in the second half that capped off an impressive 37-36 come-from-behind victory. That alone is all the momentum Flynn and the players need to defeat the Steelers in Week 16. What’s even better is that the showdown will be played on their home field where the Packer faithful are sure to be riled up.
It will be the first time the Packers and Steelers have faced each other since the thriller in Super Bowl XLV. Green Bay was victorious that day, and they will need another win against Pittsburgh if they want another shot at a Super Bowl title.
Flynn has completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 557 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in his last two games, both of which were one-point victories. Since signing with the Packers this season he has a 91.1 passer rating in four games.