Green Bay Packers: How Matt Flynn Just Punched His Ticket out of Green Bay

Nicholas SteblenkoContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2012

Number 10 looked good in green and gold while it lasted
Number 10 looked good in green and gold while it lastedJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Matt Flynn has likely played his last game in a Green Bay Packers uniform.

With the Packers already set for the postseason, head coach Mike McCarthy opted to rest Aaron Rodgers and give Matt Flynn the Week 17 start against the Lions. Flynn was given a shot and he took it, throwing for over 400 yards while connecting for six touchdowns.

And he's a backup?

Well, not for long he won't be.

Flynn showed poise in the pocket and a demeanor one can only find in a starting NFL quarterback, so the feeling has got to be that he deserves a starting job somewhere.

Since no one would ever dream of Flynn competing with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and knowing that he is a free agent at season's end, his performance against the Lions effectively punched his ticket out the door to, hopefully, bigger and brighter things.

This isn't the first time Matt Flynn has been effective as the Packers' starter either. Last season, when Rodgers went down with a concussion, Flynn started against the New England Patriots and performed admirably too.

With so many teams searching for an answer at quarterback, there is no doubt Matt Flynn will garner plenty of interest on the free-agent market this offseason.

His Week 17 play versus the playoff-bound Detroit Lions was somewhat of an audition, and Flynn showed he deserves the part.

Where he will end up is a question that will be answered in time, but one thing is for sure: he won't be in Green Bay in 2012.