Green Bay Packers: No Reason to Panic After Week 17 Loss

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 31, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers speak after the game on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers suffered a tough loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, losing by a score of 34-37. The Vikings won on a last-second field goal by rookie kicker Blair Walsh.

After starting the year with a 2-3 record, the Packers completely turned it around and finished 11-5. The team will now enter the NFC playoffs as the third seed.

While the Packers were just short of getting a first-round bye, there is no reason that they should be worried.

The Packers will now face the Vikings once again on Saturday night. The last team the Packers played back-to-back was the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.  They were able to beat the Cardinals in Week 17 by a score of 33-7, but fell to them the next week in overtime by a score of 45-51.

The Packers will now be on the other side of that situation. The Packers lost this week, and will look to beat the Vikings next week.

Green Bay are very good at planning against teams, and especially good at adjusting. The team will be able to make appropriate adjustments for the Vikings after having just played them.

The Packers should be able to beat the Vikings next week. The loss this week was due to some bad clock management and mental mistakes by players like Tramon Williams, who was called for illegal hands to the face on 3rd-and-goal.

While the Packers would have liked the bye week to get healthy, most of their team has gotten healthy already. The only key players that missed this week's game were Charles Woodson and Randall Cobb.

While both Jordy Nelson and Clay Matthews were injured in the game, they both returned to play. Nelson was even able to score a touchdown after returning. While nothing has been released on either player and their injuries, the fact that they both played was a very good sign.

The Packers shouldn't be too concerned heading into the postseason. Some bad mistakes were made this week, and the Vikings did a good job of capitalizing on them. If the Packers can eliminate these bad mistakes, they should be able to beat the Vikings.