GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers' coaches and players left Lambeau Field after Sunday's 38-31 holding out hope that the Philadelphia Eagles would help them by beating the Chicago Bears in the night game.
By the time they got home from the stadium, they surely felt better about their chances when saw the Eagles had jumped to a 24-0 lead.
Philadelphia's 54-11 victory gave the Packers' new life.
At 7-7-1, their regular-season finale next Sunday against the Bears (8-7) at Soldier Field will be for the NFC North title and the playoff berth that goes along with it.
As hard as it may be to believe, everything that happened Sunday at Lambeau Field was meaningless thanks to the Eagles.
That wasn't lost on Packers' left guard Josh Sitton, who Tweeted his feelings Sunday night.
The NFL announced on Sunday night that the game will kickoff at 4:25 p.m. ET. It had originally been scheduled for 1 p.m. ET game. It would have remained there had the Bears beaten the Eagles. That would have wrapped up the NFC North and eliminated the Packers.
“I like our chances,” Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith said Sunday night after learning his team was still alive. “I like our chances, let's put it that way.”