GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers lost 23-19 at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jordan Love threw two late interceptions, but bad run defense and a blocked extra point loomed just as large.
How did that impact the 2023 NFL playoff chase? And the 2024 NFL Draft order?
The Packers, while tied with the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans with 3-6 records, moved up from No. 7 to No. 6. Why is Green Bay ahead of Los Angeles even with the head-to-head win? Because three-team tiebreakers require all three teams to play each other. Since that hasn’t happened, for now, last week’s outcome is irrelevant.
The good news: The Packers will face the Giants and Bears, who are in the fourth and fifth positions, and have tiebreakers in hand against the Broncos and Falcons, who are ninth and 10th. Plus, with Kyler Murray back at quarterback, the Cardinals earned their second win to tighten the standings.
Here’s the Top 10 via Tankathon. The Las Vegas Raiders (4-5) and New York Jets (4-4) will play on Sunday night and the Denver Broncos (3-5) and Buffalo Bills (5-4) will play on Monday night.
1. Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers, who are 1-8)
2. Arizona Cardinals: 2-8
3. New England Patriots: 2-8
4. New York Giants: 2-7
5. Chicago Bears: 3-7
6. Green Bay Packers: 3-6
7. Los Angeles Rams: 3-6
8. Tennessee Titans: 3-6
9. Denver Broncos: 3-5
10. Atlanta Falcons: 4-6
Just like they were at the start of the day, the Packers are 11th in the NFC playoff race.
The good news: Two of the teams ahead of Green Bay, Washington and Atlanta, lost. Tampa Bay won but has to come to Green Bay next month.
The bad news: The three wild-card front-runners all won, so the Packers lost ground to Seattle, Dallas and Minnesota and are two-and-a-half games off the pace.
Here are the NFC playoff standings, via the NFL.
1. Philadelphia: 8-1 (first, NFC East)
2. Detroit: 7-2 (first, NFC North)
3. San Francisco: 6-3 (first, NFC West)
4. New Orleans: 5-5 (first, NFC South)
5. Seattle: 6-3 (second, NFC West)
6. Dallas: 6-3 (second, NFC East)
7. Minnesota: 6-4 (second, NFC North)
8. Tampa Bay: 4-5 (second, NFC South)
9. Washington: 4-6 (third, NFC East)
10. Atlanta: 4-6 (third, NFC South)
11. Green Bay: 3-6 (third, NFC North)